The Advent Box

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OTHER CHILDREN'S FANTASY FAMILY

Contemporary

Shannon Taylor

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An awkward preteen finds a mysterious Advent Box in her family's Christmas store and teams up with the magical elf who lives inside to reunite her aunt with an old love and save the shop from closing.

Genre

Other,Children's,Fantasy,Family

Short Summary

Krista's feeling out of the loop (always working at the family Christmas store, afraid to try out for a play with her friends, too shy to talk to her crush). She finds a wish-granting Advent Box and thinks it'll solve her problems, except none of her wishes go according to plan.


Krista figures out the real purpose of the Advent Box and she and Felix (the elf who lives in the little house on top) work together to save the family's Christmas store, which is more important to the community than she realized.

Setting

Olson's Landing, Minnesota, and Minneapolis, Minnesota

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Krista Sorenson

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Insecure,Naive,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Felix

Age: he's an elf, so who knows?

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Secretive,Funny,Honorable

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Despite multiple readers saying THE ADVENT BOX should be made into a movie, I wasn't sure if we could translate the plot--which takes place over at least 26 days--into a two-hour film. But then I watched THE HOLIDAY CALENDAR on Netflix and saw it could be done. THE ADVENT BOX takes a different approach with more focus on the protagonist, Krista, trying to figure out how to work with the elf who lives in the Advent Box and has his own ideas. Ultimately, Krista comes to understand that the Advent Box's purpose isn't to be her own personal Aladdin-style lamp that will solve her problems, but rather a magical tool to help make people's lives better. And in true Christmas movie fashion, there's plenty of snow, over-the-top decorations (especially in the family's store, Deck the Halls), music, romance, and even a gingerbread baking contest. And puppies.

About The Author

Shannon Taylor is a former magazine and literature textbook editor. Originally from Minnesota, she’s enjoying an island adventure in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four kids, and two dogs. She loves knitting, reading, baking, playing piano and guitar, and is a novice rower.

Target Audiences

Age: 6 and under,7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Happy Crow Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1734314700

Genre

FANTASY

Brief

Near Christmas, a young teen tries to make her life better with the help of a magical Advent Box, which grants multiple wishes.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it is accurate.

Draw of Story

The magical aspect and the idea that a teenager receives the opportunity to change her precocious reality through it.

Possible Drawbacks

Nothing actually made me want to put the book down, even though the narrative, in general, is pretty much predictable.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The main hook is the fact that a teenager finds a magical object that gives her the opportunity to make her own wishes come true. After her journey, she finds out all she needed was a little push in order to be happier and more accomplished in her life.

Fanbase Potential

Yes, it could, especially focused on a younger, preteen audience, that could take most precious lessons and more fun from the audiovisual experience

Awards Potential

Maybe a teenager-leaning Award, but there would need to be more compelling developments to the film adaptation for it to attract voters’ attention.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN - A STERILE COUPLE BURIES A CHEST IN THEIR YARD CONTAINING ALL THEIR WISHES FOR A DESIRED CHILD. AFTER A WHILE, A STRANGE KID KNOCKS AT THEIR DOOR, CONTAINING ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS THEY WISHED FOR. LOCKE & KEY - IN THE TV SERIES, A FAMILY, COMPOSED OF A MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN, MOVES INTO A STRANGE MANSION THAT HOLDS AN ANCIENT AND DEADLY MAGICAL SECRET

What’s New About the Story

The originality comes from the fact that most of its magical aspects are very down-to-earth and relatable to a younger audience. However, it could still have a more unpredictable development, with some additional surprises along the way.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a charismatic and normal young girl, mildly unhappy with her life and her own personality, who eagerly expects an utter change to things around her.

Uniqueness of Story

Not actually a rare gem, even though it has the potential to please the audience. Its development and narrative need more originality to really work out.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

It does work out as a fantasy story for young kids and teenagers, with a valuable lesson about being courageous and making your wishes come true by yourself, only with the aid of friendly companions. Additionally, the characters are charismatic and relatable, the main conflict is compelling and the story goes by briefly, in a very light note. The author’s writing style is correct, with little to no problems, even though she could have dared more linguistically and narratively. So, a movie adaptation could be successful with some changes, revisions and further development for audiovisual. One of the things that could be added is a surprising moment, something the audience wasn’t expecting and that could make the story even more interesting. As it is now, it still sounds too direct and predictable. Also, the magic from the Advent Box could be better explored and explained, since in many parts it doesn’t seem too clear for the reader what it does and doesn’t accomplish. Even though the narrative chooses to focus on the aunt’s love story, it could put the protagonist’s love interest more into the spotlight, since the audience will tend to care a lot more about it, especially young kids. Overall, it is an interesting narrative, that could be further elevated by a competent screenwriter and filming crew, and would have a great appeal to a younger public.