LOVE.COM

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COMEDY ROMANCE FUNNY ADVENTURE

2000s,Contemporary

Susan Bacoyanis

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Logline

LOGLINE: When you’re officially middle-aged and the world thinks you’re past it . . . past love, past sex, past writing contemporary journalism, you head down a black hole of depression, or you change, fight back and become the hottest date in LA.

Genre

Comedy,Romance,Funny,Adventure

Short Summary

Set in the cut-throat world of magazine journalism, and with a primary theme of female empowerment, Love.Com has the potential to become The Devil Wears Prada of the 2020s. Lucy-Anne Skylark reinvents herself as a 'cougar columnist', posing as a hot 'cougar' to keep her job and find her soulmate


Lucy finds her soulmate, empowers middle-aged women and becomes an icon. She has encountered an incredible journey; one of self-discovery. And learned the greatest lesson of her life. That when we find ourselves… our soulmate finds us.

Setting

Los Angeles & Las Vegas

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Lucy-Anne Skylark

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Clumsy,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Leader,Underdog,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Camilla

Age: 42

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Narcisstic,Sexy,Power Hungry,Skillful,Leader,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Adam Grant

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Sexy,Blunt,Decisive,Educated,Leader,Outspoken,Skillful,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Anna

Age: 48

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Outspoken,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated,Skillful,Adventurous,Decisive,Confident,Blunt

Development Pitch

Dating on-line in middle-age is the new life-changer of the twenty-first century where a large number of our population can explore, identify with and experience. LOVE.COM is a lighthearted comedy with an inspirational, contemporary theme. It's set in the glamorous world of fashion with characters who display a gamut of emotions which would capture a wide adult audience in its adaptation to film or a TV series. This is a fun story of how the media perceives dating exclusively for the young and beautiful. And of one woman's fight to instill acceptance and inspire confidence in the hearts of single, middle-aged women who dare to date. There are many wonderful middle-aged female actors - ie: Sarah Jessica parker, Sandra Bullock – who would portray Lucy's search for her soulmate along the rocky road of on-line dating in middle-age. The story is economically set in LA with a brief visit to Las Vegas.

About The Author

Susan Bacoyanis was born and educated in rural England. As an only child she spent many hours alone, developing a vivid imagination that has served her, first as an actor, and now as a writer. In 2002, Susan moved halfway around the world to live and work in California, attending the New York Film Academy and working as a screen actor in Hollywood. She joined the Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions writing team in Los Angeles, helping establish and promote the Cinema City International Film Festival, which is dedicated to promoting new writers and film makers. She has three published psychological thrillers; There Are No Accidents, The Judas Tree and Dangerous Revelations. Her fourth novel is a Romantic Comedy, Love.Com. A trilogy in one volume. Find out more at: www.susanbacoyanis.com

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

On-line dating for middle-aged women

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: SUSAN BACOYANIS

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

ISBN-13 : 978-0990920984

Genre

COMEDY, ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Lucy realizes she has half her life left and doesn't want to spend it alone. She is determined to find love after society says its acceptable at fifty. She uses her writing skills to create the brand Ms. Cougar. After becoming a viral sensation she goes on countless public dates but still struggles to finds mutual respect and attraction with someone. Eventually she gets lucky outside of her sports-like dating in finding love.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the profile does reflect the narrative by including all of the important characters and summary of the main plot. Something in the pitch that might be better to explain as other than "dare to date" is why Lucy's dating without reservation is refreshing rather than brave. Dare tends to suggest that she is being revolutionary in the same way the body positivity movement can error for drawing attention to the "bravery" of bodies simply existing outside the beauty standards set in place by the media. In placing the conflict on society rather than Lucy's age as "brave" this will better align with the lesson of the story.

Draw of Story

Lucy's proactive nature is a tour de force. Her insight into herself and what she wants out of life and learning to get others to love her how she wants to be loved and respect her is a nice inner conflict transformation until eventually her expectations meet her reality.

Possible Drawbacks

Lucy's dates are static or flat and her perception of them in anticipation and reflection can verge on hypocritical at times. The branding of cougar is fine but the exclusion of certain dates doesn't align with how she wants to be perceived.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Lucy uses her dating life to fuel a renaissance in her writing career, and both are mutually beneficial until they get in the way of true substance in her life. It is an example of achieving plastic goals only to realize everything that is needed was there from the start.

Fanbase Potential

With more inclusive lessons, this could definitely have a huge audience given that the romantic comedy queens of the 90s are now the correct age to play this type of character with this type of dilemma, thus making for a winning combination of nostalgia and refreshing conflict.

Awards Potential

Given its genre this is unlikely to have awards potential in prestige categories, but this could win in popular award categories.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SEX AND THE CITY, THE PROPOSAL, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, UNREAL, ENOUGH SAID, GRACE AND FRANKIE, IT’S COMPLICATED

What’s New About the Story

The older female protagonist embracing her age and ownership of her time is a love story about herself rather than a focus on romance with a gentleman. The romance is a subplot and this is a story about self-love. Making the themes stronger about self-actualization in the inception of ms. cougar could help clarify the scope and intent of the articles sooner.

Lead Characters

Lucy is learning to respect herself and properly communicate her needs. She starts out as determined, but insecure and blossoms into a self-assured woman who is open to true love.

Uniqueness of Story

This has a lot of potential but the side characters lack certain dimensions and the themes need to be clarified at certain key moments to really help the story shine.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Streaming Unscripted

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

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

There are a lot of great themes that aren't always resolved when it comes to adult life and choices such as career over relationships and making time for friends over love. The spectrum between Lucy, her boss and Anne is a nice spectrum and it might be less complicated to either focus on their journeys and or on just the dating as the themes can get muddled. The dating themes of being a cougar can feel a bit hypocritical at times so clarifying Lucy's intentions would help the emotional investment stay consistent. Also providing depth to the side characters in the dates would increase emotional investment in their success and or failure.