No Love, No Charity: The Success of the 19th Child

Paul Lamar Hunter

Book Cover

GENRE

MEMOIR ACTION FAMILY DRAMA EPIC

    Core Theme

    OVERCOMING A TRAGIC PAST TO ACHIEVE DIFFICULT GOALS. MAN V. HIMSELF

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century,Earlier 20th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HOMELESS TO HARVARD

    CHARACTER LIST

    PAUL: 40. LEAD. RESOURCEFUL, DETERMINED, HONORABLE.

    LOUISE: 30S-60S. PAUL’S ABUSIVE AND HYPOCRITICAL MOTHER.

    MARGARITA: 30S. PAUL’S WIFE WHO DEMEANS HIM.

    TIMOTHY: YOUNG ADULT. PAUL'S BROTHER WHO GIVES HIM BAD ADVICE.

    JENNA: TEENS. PAUL'S DAUGHTER WITH MARGARITA.

    DENNIS: 30S-60S. PAUL'S MOTHER'S BIOGRAPHER AND MISSION ADMINISTRATOR.

    Logline

    It describes how Paul Lamar Hunter made it despite overwhelming odds as the 19th child of twenty-one child, his troubled life traversed the perils of poverty, neglect, and deaths. Paul describes what it was like growing up in the shadows of a famous yet detached mother.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning,LGBT Leaning

    Setting

    Racine, Wisconsin

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Life To Legacy LLC

    Year Published: 2012

    Starting Description

    When I came into this world, I unwittingly stepped onto a production stage, a life pageant if you will, of my mother's own creation. In such a setting, she was the main attraction. she was the principal character, the rest of us just stage hands and extras.

    Ending Description

    Therefore, despite my past, despite my upbringing, despite my disadvantages, despite my poverty, despite my labeling, and despite my shortcomings, I am and shall always be a college graduate. I am a person who is on the move.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0-9847973-4-9

    Mature Audience Themes

    Substance Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rags to Riches

    Main Character Details

    Name: Paul Lamar Hunter

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Uneducated,Confident,Crazy,Desperate,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Visionary,Funny,Outspoken,Selfless,Blunt,Religious,Charming,Aggressive,Badass,Decisive,Leader,Underdog,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Romantic,Sexy,Obedient,Modest

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    Development Pitch

    No Love, No Charity, the Success of the 19th Child Screenplay Pitch By Paul Lamar Hunter It's the fall of 2006, in Racine Wisconsin. Paul Hunter, and 14 of his 21 siblings are gathered together to take a group photo for an article that would be featured in the December 2006 issue of Ebony Magazine. A photographer perched up on a latter tells everyone to look up and smile for the camera. The camera flashes and those gracious smiles of this unusually large family is captured for all the world to see. But behind the hopeful eyes and all the bright smiles, lurks dark secrets and untold dysfunction, emanating from a poignant history that the public has never seen—until now. No Love No Charity the Success of the 19th Child, is a riveting autobiography written by Paul Lamar Hunter, the 19th of 21 children born to a humanitarian matriarch known as in Mother Louise Hunter, the founder of the Love and Charity Mission. Though Mother Hunter was a celebrated champion for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, behind her stellar public persona, is a callous and cold woman detached from her own 21 children who were love-starved and emotionally neglected. Strangely, though everyone else in town called Mrs. Hunter, “Mother Hunter” her own children were forced to call her “E”. Paul Hunter is the principal character whose struggles leads to unlikely success in an environment full of poverty, disfunction, tragedy, and death. Therefore, Paul’s story provides the antithesis to his Mother

    Genre

    DRAMA, RELIGION

    Brief

    Paul has 18 siblings and a controlling, religious mother who starts a mission for the poor. Despite her neglect and abuse, he and his siblings struggle through school. Paul works through his issues and eventually gets a 4-year Business Administration degree.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, the profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The overwhelming prospect of growing up poor with 18 siblings.

    Possible Drawbacks

    It was repetitive and could use some editing and more story.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    To see how the unimaginable problems that would arise from so many children would affect their development and family dynamics.

    Fanbase Potential

    No. It's a small story that would only garner much interest if it got awards buzz.

    Awards Potential

    No. The story isn't dramatic enough and doesn't possess the necessary gravitas. Perhaps excellent A-list acting would get it some attention.

    Envisioned Budget

    LOW BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    HOMELESS TO HARVARD

    What’s New About the Story

    The mother figure is interesting with her stunning hypocrisy. More of the individual sibling struggles would make it more dynamic.

    Lead Characters

    The mother's sheer audacity with the way she treats people as a self-proclaimed Christian and Paul's willingness to forgive her.

    Uniqueness of Story

    No. The story needs more of the trials that the rest of the family endures since Paul's aren't as dramatic as they could be.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Indie, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    It lacks the gravitas that one would expect from the set up.

    Tips for Improvement

    A refocus of the story that includes the rest of the family.

    Brief

    Paul has 18 siblings and a controlling, religious mother who starts a mission for the poor. Despite her neglect and abuse, he and his siblings struggle through school. Paul works through his issues and eventually gets a 4-year Business Administration degree.

    What We Liked

    There aren't many stories that have a jaw-dropping premise like the amount of children this one contains - and one would think that would include a loving mother. This one does not. She's not a good mother nor a good person, and to ignore her family's needs begs the question - why have any children at all? It's an unusual topic worth exploring, and the fallout provides plenty of drama, tragedy, and interesting stories.

    Film: For most families, 3 or 4 kids is a lot. Louise had 21. 18 lived. On top of that, she runs a mission. Unfortunately, she picks the mission over all of her children. She's a horrible mother, and her children all suffer in different ways. Paul's story is compelling for being one of those children, notwithstanding the neglect and abuse his single parent heaps on him. His perseverance, sense of right and wrong, and words from scripture help him through - all the way to a cap and gown and a bachelor's degree. While this could be a comedy, it is not. The trials and travails are compelling, and the inherent gravitas of growing up poor and of color are intensified by this no-good mother and gigantic family. It's great for good cinema, as one roots for the protagonist while accompanying him on his journey where almost anything can go wrong.

    Key points:
    18 siblings
    A very difficult parent
    Growing up in poverty
    The resilience of children
    The chaos of family

    Synopsis

    Paul is born into a family of 18 siblings. His mother runs a mission and is horrible to her kids and most people around her. Growing up is very tough, but Paul isn't his siblings or even most kids.

    He fumbles through high school and watches men come and go from his mother's life. He has a brother die in a fire and they move from residence to residence. He tries college but has no success. His mother never says I love you in a meaningful way.

    Paul has four kids of his own from different mothers. One of the mothers never allows him to meet his son. His other children do ok though, and he enjoys coaching basketball. After a rocky custody battle with his wife Margarita he focuses on his education and, in his 40s, graduates with a business degree. His mother never even says congratulations.

    About The Author

    Paul Lamar Hunter was born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1970, the 19th of 21 natural children born to James and Louise Hunter. His childhood experiences included poverty, neglect, and tragedy.