A Mothers Love
FAMILY MEMOIR DRAMA
RESILIENCE, MENTAL ILLNESS
20th Century (multiple decades)
BETTYROSE: BEAUTIFUL, RESILIENT, DAMAGED
JACKIE: NARCISSISTIC, HATEFUL, NEGLECTFUL, SELFISH, BETTYROSE’S MOTHER
ALLEN: BETTYROSE AND FASSAD’S ADOPTED SON
ALI: KIND, GENTLE, FROM IRAN, BETTYROSE’S ONE-TIME BOYFRIEND
FASSAD: ROUGH, MACHO, FROM IRAQ, HAUNTED BY AMERICA’S WAR ON HIS HOMELAND, BETTYROSE’S HUSBAND
WILLIAMS GIRL: OPPORTUNISTIC, BETTYROSE’S FELLOW INMATE AT ALTON.
Growing up with a narcissist mother. Raped at age 11, runaway, placed in primitive institution, returning home, living in Houston Texas, married a man from Baghdad Iraq, living with him through Desert Storm, adopting a child from Romania. Divorce.
Target Gender: Universal
Cahokia, Cincinnati, Texas
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Publisher: Create Space
Year Published: 2017
Living with Fassad during Desert Storm. Our tumultuous relationships.
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Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Bettyrose Woody
Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Desperate,Faithful,Gracious,Insecure,Obedient,Underdog,Modest
Additional Character Details
Name: Jackie Greer
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Decisive,Desperate,Greedy,Insecure,Leader,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Seductive,Secretive,Sarcastic,Underdog,Blunt,Heartthrob,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Villainous,Masculine,Sexy
Additional Character Details
Name: Jenny Woody
Key Traits: Underdog,Modest,Charming,Obedient,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Insecure,Selfless
Additional Character Details
Name: Janie Woody
Key Traits: Underdog,Obedient,Flexible
Bettyrose Woody chronicles her turbulent childhood with a mother suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. Years later, she would realize that the events of her childhood had given her post traumatic stress disorder. Even though her mother had injured her in so many ways, Bettyrose was determined to discover the truth that turned her mother into a monster. She looked back on her mother’s own impoverished childhood, facing prejudice as a Native American. Her father was always drunk, and she was eventually sent to an orphanage right out of a Dickens novel.
A young woman grows up with an abusive mother. She is raped repeatedly, is a chronic runaway and ends up institutionalized as a child. This leads her into an unstable marriage with a Middle Eastern man and the one bright spot in her life is raising the son they adopted from Romania. She uses her own experiences to help relate to her son as he navigates through his own tumultuous life.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile does accurately reflect the book.
Draw of Story
The anticipation of learning about a child who lives with a mentally ill parent is enticing.
The book is well-written, but the subject matter is quite personal. Some of the details are hard to fathom and though it is probably cathartic for the writer to put these things down on paper, reading this can be equated to snooping in someone's diary entries, creating an unappealing voyeuristic quality for the reader.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The raising of awareness of the mental illness featured in the story is the hook.
This would probably not draw a large base given that it is a personal memoir of the writer with the seeming purpose of working through personal demons.
This would most likely not be an awards contender its small scale and limited narrative range.
Similar Films/TV Series
What’s New About the Story
The story is already original since it based on personal musings. Adding some dramatization could make it more like a unique fictional story.
The heaviness of the circumstances defines the main character, who also happens to be the author.
Uniqueness of Story
This is little more than a personal chronicling of a difficult childhood and the subsequent effort to link it to the author's behavior when she becomes a mother herself. Finding some elements to dramatize would improve it greatly.
Film - Indie
WORK IN PROGRESS
As mentioned before, this is an autobiographical chronicle of the writer's life. To make it more appealing to an audience, adding fictional details to form more of a narrative might be a good idea.
Tips for Improvement
Taking some of the elements from the writer's life and forming a more fictional narrative would be needed to make this ready for adaptation into something with stronger entertainment value.
Living in the shadow of her narcissistic mother, a young woman endures hardship after hardship that ultimately enables her to relate to her adopted son as he deals with his own demons.
What We Liked
This brings awareness to the perils of mentally ill parenting. It could offer an inspirational message of sorts to adult survivors of childhood abuse and mistreatment.
Film: This could be developed into a character study in a feature form, or perhaps fictionalizing the story would make it more adaptable for long form entertainment.
TV: Bettyrose’s story could be presented as a segment in a documentary style series dealing with adult children of mentally ill parents.
Key points: Based on a real person; Brings awareness to mental illness; Strong female lead; Potentially positive message to survivors of childhood abuse; Niche subject matter
Bettyrose grew up in an abusive household created by her narcissistic mother, Jackie Greer. Jackie had several children from a previous relationship and Bettyrose was the first born of Jackie and her new husband. Jackie mistreated and belittled everyone in the family. She even had Bettyrose’s father committed to a mental hospital. While he was hospitalized, Jackie went around with a man named Ed, whom she would pass off as her brother.
Never feeling her mother’s love, Bettyrose had a tendency to run away. She was raped twice in one day at the age of eleven and missed the wedding of Jackie and Ed as a result. When she became pregnant from the rape, her distraught father attempted to get her help to no avail. Bettyrose ultimately miscarried. It was a blessing in disguise, but she mourned the loss of the baby and the promise of unconditional love that having a child of her own would have afforded. In her grief she hitched a ride out of state with some male college students, who ditched her once her true age was revealed. Bettyrose survived among a homeless population living out of a bus station until someone took pity on her and send her back home. Ultimately, Bettyrose is committed to a mental institution by her own mother. The place was not nice and it traumatized her further. However, she was able to befriend some young women close to her age. Mary and the other girl, known to Bettyrose as the Willliams girl, escape the first chance they get. Bettyrose found herself the only white person at the Williams’ house where she was ferreted away by some of the Williams girl’s male cousins where she is drugged and gang raped. After ultimately being rescued from the horrific situation, she was sent home. Bettyrose’ mother never cared or even acknowledged her hardships.
After such a horrific childhood, Bettyrose sought comfort with a sweet and gentle man named Ali. He came from Iran and wanted to marry her. Ultimately, Bettyrose broke up with him and chose to marry Fassad, another Middle Eastern man, instead. Fassad was not sweet and sometimes let his macho personality get the best of him. During the United States war with Iraq, Fassad could barely stand the horrors he saw befalling his countrymen. He even tried to kill himself with Bettyrose’s finger on the trigger of his gun.
Though the marriage to Fassad did not last, it did provide Bettyrose with the best thing in her life. Together they adopted a Romanian baby and named him Allen. Having a child of her own provided Bettyrose with the unconditional love that was always missing from her life. As a young man Allen became involved with a woman several years his senior. The relationship led him into the world of addiction and crime which ultimately landed Allen in jail. However, the relationship also produced a sweet grandson for Bettyrose. She uses her own childhood experiences to allow her to relate to Allen and support him unconditionally as he navigates his troubled life. Jackie has since passed away, but Bettyrose has to forgiven her posthumously and is moving on with her healing process the best she can.