Secrets of the Solarium

KELLI BONADIO

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GENRE

DRAMA ROMANCE

    Core Theme

    STARTING OVER, ROMANTIC SAGA

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, GONE WITH THE WIND

    CHARACTER LIST

    ABIGAIL. FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD. SENSUAL, SMART, DRIVEN, FORGIVING.

    LUCCIANO RODRIGUEZ. 30’S. ABIGAIL’S LOVE INTEREST, HUSBAND, FATHER OF HER CHILDREN.

    MICHAELA. 30S. LUCCIANO’S FRIEND AND ABIGAIL’S TEENAGE FLAME. HANDSOME, CHARMING, WOMANIZER.

    EMMA. 20'S-30'S. ABIGAIL'S RIVAL & FRIEND. MICHAELA'S LOVER AND LATER LUCCIANO'S FRIEND. BEAUTIFUL, SOPHISTICATED, SEDUCTIVE.

    BEATRICE & ADAM - 20'S-30'S. COUPLE THAT HELPS ABIGAIL FINDING A JOB IN BRESCIA. LIGHTHEARTED, TRUSTWORTHY

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    Based on a True Story

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    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self Published

    Year Published: 2020

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    Development Pitch

    Genre

    ROMANCE, DRAMA, MATURE AUDIENCE

    Brief

    This story goes through the life of Abigail, an attractive Italian woman who's been abused by men during most part of her life and the thorny journey she went through in order to find true love and a family.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

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    Draw of Story

    The narrative of a bold, young, smart and attractive woman running away from her past to start anew in the breathtaking scenarios of Italy in the 1900's is certain to attract audience to this story.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The book is overall pleasant to read, however certain details to be attentive of: - on page 20 it reads about character Abasi: "a reliable black man". This specification about Abasi may comprise the idea a black man wouldn't be naturally reliable. - the book romanticizes abuse in a few passages. On the contrary of narratives such as "50 shades of grey", Abigail's pair, Lucciano Rodriguez, uses violent sex interactions as a non-consensual revenge and correction on Abigail's behavior.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    I would watch this movie because of its protagonist, an italian heroine who is charming, ahead of her times and is willing to fight for her happiness; as well as alluring settings in early 1900s' Italy.

    Fanbase Potential

    It could have a large fanbase if adapted because the protagonist is fierce, charming and has potential to be very well developed to audiovisual.

    Awards Potential

    It could have awards potential if adapted because all scenarios described are delightful and most characters are strong willed, a combination that is and certain to entice creativity of all professionals involved.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, GONE WITH THE WIND

    What’s New About the Story

    The story is original because of its beautiful settings - 1900s' Italy and Paris - and also because not only the protagonist is obstinate, but side characters also are desire-driven. One development possibility to make it more unique is to focus deeper on how society forces forced even powerful women to stay in abusive cycles and forgive unconditionally.

    Lead Characters

    Abigail is a fierce woman who is smart, strong-willed, attractive, forgiving and mostly fearless. Lucciano Rodriguez, her love interest, is a powerful man who falls in love with Abigail but love doesn't save him from selfishness and cold-heart.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Narrative could be improved if there were more details about the community, habits of the region and era surrounding Abigail's story.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series:, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    This story could be considered because there is a well-developed heroin; however story needs improvement in terms of context and approach to abuse could be more modern.

    Brief

    Abigail is an attractive woman whose beauty drove her to face a series of abuses and bad turns in destiny. When she decides to forget her past and start anew in the city of Brescia, she meets Lucciano, falls in love, faces his selfishness and decides to face her destiny in order to forgive and find her happiness.

    What We Liked

    The most praiseworthy thing about this narrative is certainly its breathtaking settings - early 1900's in Italy and including a trip to Paris. Also, lead character is a strong willed and charming female with a story of pain, forgiveness and resilience.

    Film: It would be a good adaptation for film because Abigail's life is full of events and as far as the narrative goes, there isn't a dull moment.

    TV: It would be a great adaptation for TV because there are many ups and downs in the arc of Abigail - as well as relationship cycles that come along with repeated patterns, leaving the audience to figure out if she's ever going to set herself free.

    Key points:
    Female leading character;
    Breathtaking settings;
    Early 1900's Italy;
    Sexy scenes;
    Well-built side characters.

    Synopsis

    Early 1900's. Abigail is a chubby young girl focused on losing weight in order to be beautiful and attract men. She reaches her goal and becomes an attractive woman - but it comes with a price. The scene is mysterious: grown up Abigail has a bruise in her mouth and is on a train from Turin to Brescia, in Italy. She refuses to talk about her past and says her name is Catherine after meeting Beatrice & Adam, a couple that offers her shelter in Brescia in exchange of organization work. Later on, Abigail finds a job in Lucciano Rodriguez property. There she finds a community along with his employees and Lucciano and Abigail slowly fall in love with each other. At this moment, Abigail thinks Lucciano is in love with Michaela, to whom she helps him write loves letters.

    In the meantime, Mr Lombardo comes to town and finds Abigail. She is forced to reveal her past to Lucciano: she was married, but was raped and beaten by her husband who thought she was unfaithful and betrayed him with Lombardo. One day, Lucciano and Abigail travel to Paris to meet Michaela and she finds out Michaela is Lucciano's friend, a man; and more than that, someone from Abigail's past and who never forgot about her. Lucciano, jealous, begins to show his violent side in violent sex scenes. Abigail decides to escape from Lucciano and fix her previous life, which includes sorting out her past with her father. He asks her for forgiveness for trying to abuse her when she was young and after her mother died. Abigail forgives him and goes back to Lucciano. She also finds out her father sent her money during her previous marriage and she had a substantial savings account.

    Abigail gets pregnant with Lucciano and when she gives birth, Lucciano says that the kid didn't survive - however, as the child had Down Syndrome he decided to hide him in a children's hospital until Abigail gets pregnant again. She finds out, leaves Lucciano but soon forgives him, they have more children and create a wine named Secrets of the Solarium.

    About The Author

    Kelli worked as a Human Resources executive for many years. This experience provided her support and the opportunity to relate to the most varied types of people. She has always been passionate about emotional aspects, personal interests, and motivations. After moving to the United States, she decided to change her profession, and she started writing novels with drama, romance, crime, and reality.