M*A*S*H Vietnam: What it's like to be a war nurse

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ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA MEMOIR FUNNY WAR HISTORICAL FICTION OTHER CRIME

1960s & '70s

Lorna Griess

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Logline

M*A*S*H Vietnam is not about the politics of the war, Just the job of being a nurse and treating the wounded. She explains the who, what, and why and where of operating a MASH unit in a combat zone. A first hand account of what Vietnam was really like behind the scenes.

Genre

Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Memoir,Funny,War,Historical Fiction,Other,Crime

Short Summary

This story is about a regular person who followed her passions, her desire to do good into a war zone. It starts with the the heart pounding trip to Travis AFB to board a plane to go to an unknown dangerous place, to camp out with a group of people you barely know and being asked to use your skills


When it was time to go home, three of us sat around and realized how much we had grown personally and professionally in one year. We wondered how we would adjust to being "back in the world." Had not driven a car, had a meal at Burger King or ice cream or worn a pretty dress or watched TV.

Setting

South Vietnam

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Other

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Lorna

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Decisive,Empathetic,Heroic,Educated,Modest,Patriotic,Selfless,Funny,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

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Development Pitch

About The Author

After her tour in Vietnam, Lorna Griess made the Army Nurse Corps her career. She served in hospitals world wide for almost thirty years. She retired as a full Colonel and Chief nurse of an Amy Medical Center. Fully retired, she became a veterans advocate in the State Legislature and Nationally. She writes articles reporting on current legislation for local newsletters. For relaxation, she has become an artist. Her oil paintings have been on display at several local galleries.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Laylor Press

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-7329000-0-4

Genre

ACTION, DRAMA, WAR

Brief

A true life "behind-the-scenes" look at one nurse's experience as a surgical nurse in a Vietnam War field hospital or "M.A.S.H." unit.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: GOOD

Structure: EXCELLENT

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the profile does depict the book properly.

Draw of Story

The premise is a fascinating subject even though it's a familiar one.

Possible Drawbacks

No. The book is well written.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The real life drama of a field hospital in a war zone.

Fanbase Potential

There is a portion of the population who like war stories. Normally I would say this could but because of its similarity to both "MASH" and "China Beach" I'm not sure it's different enough to garner a large base.

Awards Potential

This is the kind of film awards voters love so if everything is done right - i.e. acting, writing and directing - it could do well during awards season.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

MASH, CHINA BEACH, THE ENGLISH PATIENT

What’s New About the Story

No two lives are the same so this woman's true experiences are unique to her story. This is autobiographical but for a movie adaptation I would add other points of view.

Lead Characters

The woman writing /narrating has an interesting story about her experiences.

Uniqueness of Story

I wish it were rare since it's a good story but I can't shake the feeling that I've seen this before.

Possible Formats

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

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This was a well written and engaging story. I just wish it wasn't so similar to China Beach. I know the details are different so there may be a TV series or film in there but great pains would need to be taken by the screenwriters to differentiate this on the macro level from other similar films and TV shows.