Fouled

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SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE MYSTERY HORROR SCI-FI APOCALYPTIC DRAMA FANTASY ADVENTURE

Future,Contemporary

Fish Phillips

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Logline

When the Central Government chooses her for a high-tech farming revitalization program, Sophia and her sick mother find a tinge of mid-life hope. Until a series of tragedies and wonders in the North Texas desert alter their course forever.

Genre

Suspense/Thriller,Romance,Mystery,Horror,Sci-fi,Apocalyptic,Drama,Fantasy,Adventure

Short Summary

In the near future, Sophia has been selected by a government farming revitalization program. A tinge of hope in an otherwise trying life, the farming cube offers opportunity for training, financial stability, and a key resource amidst the climatological demise... a wealth of produce.


After a series of tragedies. Sophia transforms to join microscopic alien caretakers of an ancient, world-killing weapon.

Setting

North Texas

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Sophia

Age: 40

Gender: Other

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Honorable,Selfless,Skillful,Underdog,Naive,Faithful,Empathetic,Modest,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Emma

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken,Greedy,Insecure,Manipulative,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Liam

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Desperate,Leader,Secretive,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Betty

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Power Hungry,Religious,Greedy,Aggressive

Development Pitch

Eternally fouled as duty and destiny collide! Oblivion meets The Vast of Night. For middle-aged caretaker Sophia, a career in advanced agriculture becomes overshadowed by family drama, new lovers and fresh enemies as galactic transformation courts her. Filled with eye-opening and heart-wrenching twists, this unique take on the alien-invasion trope offers massive payoff and eternal consequences for the immediately relatable characters. Powerful voiceover akin to The Handmaid's Tale could keep audiences on edge and unbalanced. As Sophia's captors allow her to record her history one last time, she focuses on the prior fateful week of how her life unraveled. This gripping, twisty narrative of survival, desire, personal reinvention, and fate is more informal and forlorn than a diary. Her dictated - and sometimes distracted - retelling is simultaneously familiar, hilarious, and disturbing. We may know where and how she lived, but as she reveals more secrets, we understand why her recollections matter to us.

About The Author

Fish Phillips was born and raised as the son of an enlisted Marine. After attending high school in Hawaii, and top universities elsewhere, a genre-defying career path led him to writing. Over decades he has served as a technology founder, medical researcher, college professor, web developer, screenwriter, filmmaker, program manager, and artist. His academic background in science, art, cultural anthropology, and theology enables him to render rich worlds accessible to broad audiences. As a multi-platform creator, his ambition is to share unique, high-concept, stand-alone stories with readers to delight, entertain, and cultivate their curiosity. Based in Atlanta, he lives with his engineer wife and a teenage daughter who mocks him with "Look at daddy signing books like he's famous."

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-Published

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA, SUSPENSE, ACTION

Brief

Sophie is granted a highly coveted position as a cube farmer since the Earth's soil is poisonous. One day, something falls from the sky and destroys the cube, leaving a tiny plant. The plant grows rapidly, producing a delicious berry that heals Sophie's mother from cancer. Sophie hands turns into crystals and an alien race has followed its weapon to Earth, claiming Sophie and leaving Earth to its' demise.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

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

Sophie is narrating her story, hinting that she is no longer herself anymore. That she is almost not human anymore. She is living in a dystopian society wear Earth is not sustaining life as it used to. There are many questions to what has happened and how Sophie and her mom ended up there.

Possible Drawbacks

The story tries to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. There are jumps in the story that are distinct and could use better transitions. It is a novella and it is assumed that there will be a continuation where more will be explained.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Sophie is living a normal life when she comes into contact with a alien lifeform that attached itself to her body. I enjoy the monotonous tone of the story told through Sophie after her transformation. It is also set up for future world building as Sophie becomes apart of this alien race travel from new world to new world.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase as some science fiction stories do. Sophie is a very relatable character because she is blue color, midwestern woman doing the best she can. She ends up in extraordinary circumstances. There is also a lot of room for growth with the stories and the world. Sophie is leaving the Earth, not as a human but apart of this alien races ancient being. Mentally she is still intact and her perspective at her new reality will be interesting to see.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential. Sophie is a great character with depth and the narrators perspective is of herself but now removed. The story does not play as a typically science fiction story because it is character driven.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

ARRIVAL, LUCY, INTERSTELLAR, THE HOST

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because there is no great resolution. The Earth is dying because of this alien entity attacking humanity. Sophie is transformed into something new as she begins a long life traveling through the stars. It is not filled with action and victory, it has distant, retrospective view.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out because she is not the typical woman you see in science fiction stories. Her presence is quieter and more realistic.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an interesting and entertaining story that adds some life to the science fiction genre. It piques the curiosity of the audience on an intellectual level.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND

Justification

This story has very interesting storytelling that is quieter and more intellectual. It is character driven while giving a twist on science fiction stories. It has the capacity to be deeply impactful if the story is developed further.