18 Cranes

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HISTORICAL FICTION

17th Century or Earlier

Robert Campbell

Logline

In the late summer of 1630, 23-year old Li Bing writes the provincial level imperial examinations, the first step towards entering the Chinese civil service. He is tormented by a dream of 18 cranes, and as he awaits his exam results he seeks out insights from those around him to help him understand his dream. In the end, he learns more than he imagined.

Genre

Historical Fiction

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Hangzhou, China

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

The lead character is just about to write the provincial civil service examinations, the outcome of which will determine his place in society and whether he gets to marry his childhood sweetheart, but he is perplexed by a recurring dream.

Ending Description

He is successful in the examinations, his dream has been interpreted, and he has learned that he is of Jewish heritage.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Li Bing

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Wang Xiaoyun

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Blunt, Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Grandfather Ai

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Li Gong

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Educated, Honorable, Obedient, Strong Moral Code

Logline

In the late summer of 1630, 23-year old Li Bing writes the provincial level imperial examinations, the first step towards entering the Chinese civil service. He is tormented by a dream of 18 cranes, and as he awaits his exam results he seeks out insights from those around him to help him understand his dream. In the end, he learns more than he imagined.

Short Summary

The lead character is just about to write the provincial civil service examinations, the outcome of which will determine his place in society and whether he gets to marry his childhood sweetheart, but he is perplexed by a recurring dream.


He is successful in the examinations, his dream has been interpreted, and he has learned that he is of Jewish heritage.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Li Bing

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Character 1

Name: Wang Xiaoyun

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Blunt, Romantic

Character 2

Name: Grandfather Ai

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest

Character 3

Name: Li Gong

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Educated, Honorable, Obedient, Strong Moral Code

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