Pursuit of Paradise

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WAR HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE

1940s & '50s

Thomas N. Smith

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Logline

This is the story of an East Texas farm boy, the Pacific War, and love. When the war was over, all he wanted to do was return to the farm, marry his sweetheart, and begin his pursuit of paradise.

Genre

War,Historical Fiction,Romance

Short Summary

Red Smith meets Juliette Hamilton during a community baseball game when Red is 19 and Juliette is 12. The Hamilton Family and Smith family know each other in the farming community of Hopkins County, Texas. Two years later, after Pearl Harbor, they meet again on Christmas Eve, 1941.


Red Smith survives the war in the Pacific without a scratch, and when he comes home Juliette is waiting with Red's parents on a farm in the Texas Panhandle city of Wellington, Texas. They immediately fall deeply in love and are married three months later. They begin to pursue their paradise.

Setting

Texas, Hawaii, Phillipines

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Horace "Red" Smith

Age: 19-24

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Obedient,Patriotic,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

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Development Pitch

About The Author

Mr. Smith was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent considerable time with his parents as a young boy traveling to and from Southern California to visit his paternal grandparents. He developed his unique style of descriptive storytelling while he listened to the tales and recollections of the years before and after WWII. His words paint a powerful picture of life in rural Texas and 1940's agriculture, as well as the brutal conditions of jungle warfare in the Philippine Islands.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781728335643

Genre

ACTION, ROMANCE, DRAMA, RELIGION, WAR

Brief

A young American man decides to enlist once WW2 explodes. After years of a savage, violent conflict, he goes back to his hometown and to the love of his life, ready to live his life to the fullest.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does; however the author could include details about the characters other than the lead.

Draw of Story

It is the story of a common, charismatic man trying to live his life, but ending up involved in a conflict much bigger than himself.

Possible Drawbacks

Most of the events and scenes throughout the book are absurdly elongated.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

It is a story mainly about love, friendship, faith and duty, which tends to attract an audience.

Fanbase Potential

Possibly yes, especially based on the romantic aspects of the narrative.

Awards Potential

Not really. Besides being a really standard, clichéd story, the book would have to go through many changes to successfully work as a film.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

HACKSAW RIDGE - A FILM ABOUT A MAN WHO GOES TO WAR BUT REFUSES TO FIGHT, AND ENDS UP RESCUING COUNTLESS COMRADES. ATONEMENT - IN THE FILM, A MAN FIGHTS DURING WW2 AND DREAMS OF GOING BACK HOME TO THE ONE HE BELIEVES TO BE HIS TRUE LOVE.

What’s New About the Story

The author tries to include as many details as possible and to create complex, well-developed character. However, the clichéd dialogue and repetitions should be avoided, and the narrative could be more concise and direct.

Lead Characters

They are faithful, strong-willed and essentially good.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really. To be adapted successfully, the story demands extensive cuts, changes and a more thorough analysis.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

The author is very descriptive and pays special attention to details. Every scene is used to explore new aspects of the characters' past and thought process. However, the narrative is elongated to an extent that drains the gravitas of the scenes and might even bore the reader at some point. The real emotional point of the story is the relationship between the lead character and Juliette, the love of his life. The problem is that much more time and space in the book is spent telling his participation in war, which is much less interesting and involving. Therefore, for an adaptation of the book to be successful, it would have to dedicate more time to this central love relationship, further develop the dialogue, that sometimes sound too clichéd and predictable, and edit extensive portions of the action during war, that maybe shouldn't occupy this much space in the narrative.