18th Century,19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,17th Century or Earlier,1940s & '50s,Across Centuries
Destiny is a sweeping family saga that spans four centuries. It is the story of two great nations and Randy Willis's ancestor’s struggle from tyranny—religious and political. A powerful epic with love stories, battles, testimonies, drama, politics, history, and even humor. Inspired by true stories.
See Youtube video: https://youtu.be/jkzpyTJfvR0 December 25, 1941 The Ole Willis Place On Barber Creek Longleaf, Louisiana Ran Willis arises before sunrise, nestles next to the fireplace, with hot coffee—as alone as the morning star.
Destiny depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with imaginary conversations using fiction’s storytelling techniques. It is a sweeping family saga that spans four centuries. Destiny is the story of two great nations and my ancestor’s struggle from tyranny.
England to Louisiana
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Joseph Willis
Age: 18 to 96
Key Traits: Educated,Adventurous,Patriotic,Faithful,Funny,Romantic,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Name: James Bowie
Key Traits: Adventurous,Patriotic
Additional Character Details
Name: Solomon Northup
Key Traits: Adventurous,Heroic
Additional Character Details
Name: Edwin Epps
Key Traits: Aggressive,Unapologetic,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Blunt
I’ve read that novels don’t need an introduction, but Destiny is more than a novel. It is three nonfiction novels. Truman Capote claimed to have invented this genre with his book In Cold Blood in 1965. Destiny depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with imaginary conversations using fiction’s storytelling techniques. Destiny was inspired by true stories handed down by my ancestors. In some instances, it is 100% fiction. The trilogy was revised and expanded in 2021. Three Winds Blowing, for instance, is sixty pages longer than the original. It is a sweeping family saga that spans four centuries. Destiny is the story of two great nations, and my ancestor’s struggle from tyranny—religious and political. —Randy Willis, 2021 “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” —C. S. Lewis
The Willis family evolves for four centuries. Their livelihoods and survival taking them from the humble working class of London to the rural farm life of uncharted Louisiana. The generations of family make sure to keep their history alive through telling the next generation of their ancestors.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile is reflective of the trilogy however it could be improved by removing the youtube link in the short summary. If needed to be included it could be part of the pitch which more encapsulates the atmosphere and tone of the piece. The quotations in the pitch are applicable but the audience would get a better understanding of the story by showcasing an explanation of the theme behind the quote in how it relates to all three stories to form a cohesive whole outside of character relations.
Draw of Story
Many of the individual stories especially when survival was not always a certainty in the early days are intriguing because they contain an uncertainty and explore lesser known territories.
The overlapping timelines between the three books of the trilogy is a bit confusing structure wise, but perhaps the chronology and thematic arc will make the three pieces more unified naturally if altered into a different format.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that there are four generations of people that are interconnected and affected by history. The historical figure when they come in contact with the family members are unexpected.
As a family drama this could potentially have a large fanbase if the theme is more concrete in how the stories are connected. For example the tale is called destiny and earlier characters discuss such sometimes, but there are few concrete examples about how a character is affected by destiny regardless of their choices to show the theme rather than talk about the theme. This destiny theme would allow more freedom of the timeline so that it wouldn't have to be linear.
Although there is so much material, because the characters are in an extremely large ensemble there is not enough time for any to develop in order to garner any nominations.
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THIS IS US, INTO THE WEST, THE THUNDERBIRDS, THE WALTONS, THE AMERICANS
What’s New About the Story
There are many unique elements in each story especially the more historical as the setting in uncommon for much of the narrative. For example, Native American slave trade in Louisiana isn't really represented at all on screen.
There is not really any lead character given that the family saga is so large, but as an ensemble it is inspiring to see the respect the younger generation has for the prior generations and the hopeful nature everyone has to allow the family line to survive for so long even during extremely harsh conditions.
Uniqueness of Story
The family saga has so much potential, but the structure is confusing as is the main theme of destiny. There are different stories within the narrative that definitely provide rare perspectives in history such as being the first protestant minister in untamed Louisiana.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
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
Perhaps focusing of fewer characters between the different generations or matching narratives thematically rather than going in chronological order would make the volume of the story more digestible and clarify the narrative structure to feel more cohesive.