Shades of Endearment

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Shahid Zuberi

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Two young aspiring and deeply in love twenty somethings drift apart under strains of life only to find two angelic humans who stay in this world for one last act of kindness as story comes full circle.


Romance,Young Adult,Drama

Short Summary

Russell and Emma tends to drift apart under strains of life and their own ambitions and aspirations.They make a 'pact' to separate for six months ,to give each other space and time, go on a journey of self discovery, see what life brings, how they change as persons and towards each other.

Emma and Russell meet two unique humans during the quest of their self discovery. Their outlook on life completely transformed with their encounters with Damien and Pam, their lives are changed for the better as they prepare to meet each other after six months apart.


England, 2005

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Emma

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Decisive,Confident,Charming,Engaging,Heroic,Sophisticated,Romantic,Skillful,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Russell

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Selfless,Gracious,Honorable,Sophisticated,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Damien

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Honorable,Secretive,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Pam

Age: 52

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Charming,Selfless,Romantic,Gracious,Empathetic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

This unique love story is set in contemporary Britain, which explores the unspoken dimensions of endearment and incredible power of love. It is a story of immense charm, emotional intensity and have a feel good factor that leaves a lasting imprint on the reader long after they have finished reading it. This novel has great cinematographic potential with superb characterization, unique and bold storyline set in charming backdrops and bringing out the positive self reflection in reader/viewer with a satisfying ending. As story is a linear one starting from March of 2005 and ending in the fall of the same year,making it easy to bring this to screen without loss of any of its charms and details. The target audience has a broad base from 18 to 70 and its appeal is fairly universal in both males and females. Shades of Endearment revolves around two main characters which everyone can relate to, with their ambitions, their wishes and predicaments, their trials and tribulations and how they drift apart under the strains with a gentlemanly 'pact' to go their separate ways only to meet two unique human beings who steal few months from their lives to stay on this earth a little longer for one last act of kindness as story comes full circle on the most enchanting setting of the lake where it began.

About The Author

Shahid Zuberi is a doctor by profession and is also an accomplished artist and keen photographer. ‘Shades of Endearment’ is his first novel. He lives in the Highlands of Scotland and draws his creative inspiration from the beautiful landscape of Scotland. His paintings are regularly exhibited on major art websites and are held in private collections around the world. He studied at University of Warwick, England and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London. ‘Shades of Endearment’ is set in 2005 in Britain and explores the multiple and often unspoken dimensions of love and endearment. It is a story of immense charm, emotional intensity and the incredible power of love.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Xlibris, UK

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



ISBN 978-1-6641-1262-9




Emma and Russell are a young couple in love but they are not in sync with how they see their future. Emma decides they need to take a 6 months break to live their own lives and reevaluate their relationship. Emma begins working with Damien, a veteran with severe PTSD and Russell starts a relationship with Pan, helping her with her business. Emma and Russell reunite and bond over the deaths of both Damien and Pam.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book does accurately reflect the book, except it mentioned the characters meet two angelic characters. The two characters they meet are normal people with serious health and/or mental issues. They influence Emma and Russell but not in a momentous way.

Draw of Story

The story exhibits a long term relationship in a realistic way as opposed to the idyllic way of many romantic comedies. The characters have a good relationship but are not sure if their wants and needs match up. They take a break and each have their own experiences before coming back together and deciding to recommit to each other. They were two individuals that made healthy decisions for themselves and their relationship.

Possible Drawbacks

The writing and dialog were hard to digest. The way it is worded sounds like an attempt to mimic good writing. It is disjointed and rudimentary. The story has potential but would need an experienced writer to polish it.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is Emma and Russell are taking a break in their relationship. They experience life and in term, becoming better people for themselves and in their relationships.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fan base because it shows a healthy relationship. It is also a story of self discovery and finding purpose in life that isn't about drunken nights and bad decisions.

Awards Potential

The story does have award potential but needs a lot of polishing. The characters need more depth and Russell's story wans compared to Emma's.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original because it is realistic in portraying a relationship. Emma and Russell are not newly in love, they are in a committed relationship and deciding if they have a long future ahead of them. They make a healthy choice and simply go out to live their life. They aren't having any crazy experiences, just normal life growth.

Lead Characters

The lead characters are relatable because they are normal people making decisions for their life. Emma is like many women in the world but not on screen, who is making bold choices in her relationship.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an above average story. It can be improved by creating more realistic dialogue.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation



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

For this story to be a consider, an experienced writer would need to polish it. The theme is solid but the execution needs a lot of help. The writing is rudimentary which makes it hard to comprehend.