A Rift That Lies Between Us

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ROMANCE DRAMA

Contemporary

Nasiha Muna

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Logline

When a gregarious, recovering Christian man and reserved, Muslim woman pair up for a college art project, they must overcome their societal differences to sustain the friendship that blossoms between them in a battle against time.

Genre

Romance,Drama

Short Summary

‘Guess that means you and I are partners.” Caiden turned toward the only other person in the room not huddled up and discussing plans with someone else. “Oh.” Farisa glanced around the art room, hoping for at least one woman she could have partnered with instead.


Caiden and Farisa come together after being separated after their graduation. They realize that life might have something bigger in store for the two of them that is more than just mere friendship.

Setting

Florida

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Farisa

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Caiden

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Badass,Adventurous,Educated,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Haruko

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Narcisstic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Daisa

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Confident

Development Pitch

Genre: Romance/Drama Tagline: It started as a friendship. But it became an unbreakable bond . . . Synopsis: Caiden and Farisa who are two college students from different cultures and religions. Caiden is American and a recovering Christian, while Farisa is from a Bangladeshi family and Muslim. When a class project throws them together, they establish a soul-deep connection. Graduation causes them to go their separate ways, but Caiden never leaves Farisa’s mind. And when Caiden experiences a sudden heartbreak, his thoughts soon drift back to Farisa as well. They both begin to wonder...was their friendship meant to be something more? An unanticipated text message leads the two to pick up where they left off, as they reminisce about the time they spent together in college. They are touched to discover that their bond remains, even with hundreds of miles separating them.

About The Author

Nasiha Muna is an American of Bangladeshi heritage with a diverse academic background. During her youth she had literary works and artwork published in her local newspaper and several national magazines including Cricket, Creative Kids, Potluck, and Teen Ink. Recently her research work has been featured in technical journals in disciplines varying from mathematical art to biochemistry. Nasiha has also completed R&D projects for The Coca-Cola Company. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Master of Science in Mathematics, all from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Nasiha has solidified her career in academia by securing a position as an Instructor of Mathematics at Alabama A&M University. When not devoting her time to teaching and writing, Nasiha enjoys spending quiet moments reading about psychology, philosophy, and sociology. If you get lucky you just might find her at Starbucks trying the latest Frappuccino. Nasiha and her family reside in Alabama. A Rift That Lies Between Us is her debut novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1733141505

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA, RELIGION

Brief

When chance pairs a white American male with a beautiful Muslim woman whose parents are Bangladeshi immigrants together for a college art project, they form a lifelong bond. This story examines whether or not their love and friendship can overcome the respective cultural and family pressures each one brings into their relationship.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does depict the book properly.

Draw of Story

I was curious to find out if the two main characters could sustain a meaningful relationship with each other despite their significant cultural differences.

Possible Drawbacks

The dialogue isn't very realistic. Not what their words mean but the way they say it. It sounds more written than spoken. A screenwriter with a good ear for dialogue could easily make it work.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Can a white boy and a muslim girl overcome their cultural differences to find love and friendship as they transition into adulthood.

Fanbase Potential

This is a tough one. It's definitely for a YA audience so it could get a tweener and young teen audience.

Awards Potential

This could offer awards potential in the acting category and in non-traditional awards like Teen Choice awards.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, ROMEO AND JULIET, ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

What’s New About the Story

The inside look at how families project their cultural and ethnic traditions onto their dealings with the world at large is interesting. I think that aspect of the story could be examined even more closely.

Lead Characters

The main characters are young and have their whole lives in front of them. Their decisions now will ripple across their lives for years to come.

Uniqueness of Story

It's decent story. It's a little too glossy but that could be easily fixed with a little more detail about the cultural background of the main characters and better dialogue.

Possible Formats

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

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This is a decent blueprint for a compelling YA film or series, and if done right it could have a broader appeal across a more general audience.