The Pleasure Seeker

Robyn Michaels

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE RELIGIOUS

    Core Theme

    ROCK AND LONG LOST LOVE

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    ROCKSTAR, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, ROCK OF AGES

    CHARACTER LIST

    DALE. 16-36. LEAD. STRONG MORAL CODE, JUDGMENTAL, MASCULINE.

    AMARA GLAZER. 26-46. DALE'S LIFELONG LOVE INTEREST. INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT, MODEST, SEXY.

    SITA KAUR. 20'S-30'S. DALE'S EX WIFE, MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN. UNEDUCATED, SEXY, FRIVOLOUS.

    SHAYLA. 20'S-40'S. DALE'S FRIEND AND AMARA'S SISTER. FUN, CARELESS, CONFIDENT.

    LEVINE. 30'S-40'S. PLEASURE SEEKER'S TOUR MANAGER. TRUSTWORTHY, RESPONSIBLE.

    OSCAR, PETER AND ADAM. DALE'S BANDMATES. TALENTED AND MOSTLY CARELESS.

    Logline

    The Sikh child of trafficked parents, in Africa, who has to raise transportation (to school) costs for himself and his brothers, buys a piano he is given to sell on commission, learns to play, and becomes a rock star. But he is also always an 'other' and has to make his own way in the world.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Arusha/ Tz, Dubai, Bern/ Chicago

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: No

    Starting Description

    On national television, Daler Singh tells talk show host Jimmy that his wife is the granddaughter of the man who bought my father. Daler is there to promote the invention that earned him his Ph.d. in sound engineering: notation software, which is displayed on a screen as he plays one of his hits.

    Ending Description

    20 years after he seduced Amara, Daler reunites and convinces her his feelings have not changed, tht they both feel th same.

    Group Specific

    non-christians and integrity, modern Africa

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Rags to Riches,Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Daler Singh

    Age: 16 into 30's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Adventurous,Aspiring,Sexy,Confident,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Flexible,Skillful,Educated,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Amaraq Glazer

    Age: 26---early 40's

    Gender: Female

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Modest,Sexy,Confident,Blunt,Funny,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sita Kaur

    Age: early 20's to early 30's

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Uneducated,Complex,Sexy,Secretive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sita Kaur

    Age: 20's to 30's

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Sexy,Religious

    Development Pitch

    Child of African slaves seduces granddaughter of the man who bought his father. she tells him he has to stay in school as long as someone is paying, f because his future wonj't be Africa. He does, & takes advantage of every opportunity to make money, starting as a studio musician. He has to make his own way, and takes calculated risks. he also wants a sex life, and makes compromises. He wants his first love, but he wants his parents to be happy. he stays in school, invents some things used in the music industry today, his music becomes popular, and he marries the wrong woman. As he attains his Ph.D, he diecides to live his life the wayhe sees fit. he divorces and finds his first love. He convinces her tht they both wan t the same things.

    Genre

    ROMANCE, MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA, RELIGION

    Brief

    Dale is an African boy from an impecunious family that manages to pursue his studies in Switzerland and due to his musical talents, becomes a rockstar. As his destiny unfolds, he longs to find his way back to his beloved Amara.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The Book Profile describes the book accurately.

    Draw of Story

    The story is interesting due to the unusual background and storyline of the protagonist.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Some situations in the book are controversial and not in a good way. The protagonist, Dale, describes situations of abuse towards his bride to be, Sita, which is frequently uncomfortable with his sexual advances. He finds himself irresistible and addresses sex as the main obligation of a wife. The character of his wife, Sita, is developed in a shallow and sexist way, and is frequently judged by her interests. Dale sees himself as perfect by all means, which makes him stiff and judgmental and is never critical of himself. It all makes the character unreal beyond acceptable and unrelatable - he becomes a rockstar, a doctor, the sexiest man alive elected by People magazine and also a multimillionaire. The storyline of the character is not clear, and the narrative repeats the same stories he has already described to other people in the book more than once. The critics to Christianism could have been interesting but wasn't carried out carefully, lacking an analysis of the protagonists' own religious dogmas, which are significant. The dog breed subject could have been developed in a more natural way to deepen the character of Amara but is misplaced in end of the narrative.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The idea of an African man overcoming all difficulties of his early life and taking over the world with his talent and charm and becoming a rockstar is interesting.

    Fanbase Potential

    The changes in the script would be numerous, but would certainly have a large fanbase as it involves music and a protagonist that is exotic, charming and has an unusual background.

    Awards Potential

    I see Awards potential in an adaptation as there is room for creativity in musical production.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    ROCKSTAR, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, ROCK OF AGES

    What’s New About the Story

    This story is original because of the background of the protagonist and narrator, regarding his origins, his religion and his beliefs.

    Lead Characters

    Dale, the protagonist, is talented, handsome and clever. Amara, his lifelong love interest, is an independent, funny and modest woman.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The protagonist is not charismatic as he lacks vulnerability and is too judgemental.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    The storyline should be improved, and the protagonist's selfish understanding of his relationships should be reviewed.

    Tips for Improvement

    The protagonist, a rockstar, finds himself to be very liberated sexually but in fact is too judgmental. Narrowed view of the relation between sex and religion - understanding of human nature is too simplified.

    Brief

    African man overcomes poverty and becomes a rockstar - as well as a highly successful sound engineer. But he is not fully happy until he reunites with his lifelong love interest, the independent and beautiful Amara.

    What We Liked

    What is most enticing about this story is the background of this rockstar and successful sound engineer. Son of trafficked parents and born in Tanzania, he pursues his studies in Europe, where he becomes a doctor and meets his bandmates, while longs to reconnect with his lifelong love interest. Romance, religion and financial affairs are an interesting background to the story.

    Film: It would be a good adaptation for a film for the same reasons as it would be for TV, plus the possibility of developing a musical identity for the band and amazing scenes depicting rock concerts.

    TV: People would want to see it on TV because of the variety of scenarios - Tanzania, Dubai, Switzerland, United States of America, and tour all over the world - rich music resources, sexy scenes and a 19 year wait to reunite with his long lost love.

    Key points: Music; African history; Spicy scenes; Exotic scenarios; Interesting female character

    Synopsis

    In an interview in a talk show, rockstar Dale shocks audience letting on that his partner's family used to own his parents - which were trafficked in Tanzania. He then decides to retell this improbable and surprising love story, which also becomes his life memoir.

    Even though he's known Amara since he was born, as their families have been connected for a long time through human trafficking ties, he is 16 when he gets the chance to be alone with her, in order to escort her in a trip to Kenya, and is sexually initiated by her - even though she is 10 years older. Amara heads back to the United States and Dale is informed by his father of the impossibility of their love due to several factors such as age gap and social status.

    Dale gets on with his life, and as his brothers did, he moves abroad to pursue his studies and ends up living and studying with a scholarship Switzerland - but never forgetting Amara. Dale meets his bandmates in school, where he is a well respected for being a responsible student and a talented pianist, and as his band starts becoming successful, he travels the world on tour. Along with his band, Dale also develops a music software that revolutionizes music and is awarded a Grammy. He also decides to listen to his parents and get married - a marriage arranged by his father with an wealthy and indian Sikh woman, Sita.

    They have two children, but they don't have a happy marriage - especially when it comes to Dale's sexual expectations. Wealthy, famous and successful, Dale decides to finally get divorced and as he never forgot Amara, he decides to go after her in the US. As they get to know each other again, they realize the flame is still burning, they decide to get married and Dale finally feels satisfied in love.

    About The Author

    Robyn Michaels learned to groom and train dogs as a teenager and didn't go to college until she turned 30 (after her first trip to Africa). She attained a B.A. in anthropology in 1989 and her master's in urban planning in 1991. she's titled several dogs in f conformation and obedience/performance and has written for the pet industry. She self-published an erotic romance (Polyandress) in 2020.