What Not To Date

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COMEDY ADVENTURE FUNNY EROTICA YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE MEMOIR FAMILY

Contemporary,2000s

Tatyana Li

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Logline

Always keeping it real with her unapologetic attitude and unfiltered comments, Alexandra offers practical dating advice and invaluable lessons. What Not to Date is a dating manual through the personal account of a woman who realizes that hospitality and dating scenes are not so different.

Genre

Comedy,Adventure,Funny,Erotica,Young Adult,Romance,Memoir,Family

Short Summary

Dating in NYC is tough. The competition is fierce. You see gorgeous and impressively dressed men walking with swagger in midtown Manhattan, Wall Street, and Times Square. I observed how they walk. They keep a straight posture and their chin up. The confident and powerful walk is very attractive.


What Not to Date is a dating manual through the personal account of a woman who realizes that hospitality and dating scenes are not so different—ultimately, they reflect how we welcome people into our lives and how we accommodate their needs and ours.”

Setting

New York, Miami

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Alexandra

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Modest,Confident,Sexy,Engaging,Empathetic,Selfless,Decisive,Flexible,Educated,Seductive,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Visionary

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Development Pitch

FADE IN: Twilights, day is sinking into darkness. fall, Downtown Miami, exotic cars are roaring and pulling over at the hotel entrance, big boobs and almost naked women accompanying ritzy, wealthy real estate developers of Miami, city officials are entering the brand new hotel - The Hotel Y, spacious lobby decorated in balloons and red carpet has been rolled out. Drums. Beats Hip hip. Behind the kitchen. Latin band is playing Dispascito. EXT. the hotel kitchen, passed hors d’oeuvres are pouring in. plates are clicking, the stove is simmering, steamy and loud kitchen. MAN'S VOICE (waiter’s voice) If I hear Despacito one more time I am going to break the radio in my car. Despacito hundreds of times a day. Ugh.. CLOSE ON - a very good-looking waiter kicks the door of the kitchen and with a big smile enters the party. GM, city mayor lined up to pose for the press and CEO was ready to cut the ribbon.

About The Author

Ambitious and straightforward, Tatyana aims to make it big in the hotel industry and build her own sustainable hotel, prompting her to leave her native Uzbekistan and set her sights on New York City, all the while searching for the “one” that she could introduce to her traditional Korean family. As she tackles the dating scene—first in New York’s concrete jungle and then in Miami’s palm tree-lined beaches—Tatyana encounters a series of disappointing dates and relationships with men from different cultural backgrounds. What Not to Date recounts sixteen of these experiences, humorously categorized when she attributes the worst qualities of these men to their sperm. There’s “Rage Flare Sperm,” a sugar-mama seeking playboy with anger management issues, and “Ivy League Sperm,” well-versed in world politics and languages, but with an extremely small package. But it’s “Athletic Sperm,” the one who got away only to return asking for a second chance that truly challenges Tatyana to confront what she really wants. Always keeping it real with her unapologetic attitude and unfiltered comments, Tatyana offers practical dating advice and invaluable lessons. What Not to Date is a dating manual through the personal account of a woman who realizes that the hospitality and dating scenes are not so different—ultimately, they reflect how we welcome people into our lives and how we accommodate their needs and ours.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning,LGBT Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Fulton Books

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-64952-042-5

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

Alexandra details her dating life, giving insight on red flags to avoid when dating.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is quirky and fun, detailing the dating life of a young woman. She has varying experiences and grows as a person through them.

Possible Drawbacks

The storytelling is a bit on-the-nose. Alexandra also has some problematic relationships where she treats mental illness in a harmful way. Her fiance is suffering from depression and she has him stop taking his medicine and try to heal himself so that they can have a baby. He is struggling and she calls him weak. Some of the stories need to be edited. The dialogue is overly explanatory and feels unrealistic.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that through Alexandra's dating experiences, the reader gets a crash course in who not to date.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase if developed more. Dating movies generally find an audience and have success. This is also a female led story in a big city, giving strong, independent woman energy. As is, the story needs to be edited for the sensitivity of the audience.

Awards Potential

This is a light and airy story that only tries to be entertaining and fun. There is not much to it to garner awards notice.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

LOVE LIFE, WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because it follows a Korean woman's dating journey. She has varying experiences unique to her.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a strong woman, looking for love but not afraid to get out of a bad situation. She is judgmental and short sighted at times. Her motives don't always seem honest.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story about the many perils of dating and learning what you truly want out of life. It does have a non white romantic lead which is refreshing.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie

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

This story needs to be more sensitive to mental health issues. It also perpetuates some gender roles that seem outdated to the world today. Much of her advice is based on stereotypical gender norms and would fall flat with modern audiences.