It Ain't Over Until Faye Leung the Hat Lady Sings!

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Christopher Best

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Canada is a racist country prior to the mid 1960s, No Chinese, East Indians or Jews allowed!. The 1960s is a decade of change all over the world fueled by the Vietnam War, student protests, civil rights and the women's movement. Vancouver is still a sleepy little fishing village on the westcoast of Canada. Opportunity is everywhere if you have the guts and know how to seize the moment. With her larger than life personality and floppy hats, Faye Leung bursts on to the scene and soon knows everyone and everyone wants to know her.


Memoir, Comedy, Adventure, Political, Satire, Biographical, Epic

Short Summary

Faye and her husband dedicate their lives to helping the little guy. Growing up in the age of discrimination has set her up early on this course. They do all they can to make life better for Chinese Canadians and others.


Vancouver and around the Pacific Rim]

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Faye Leung

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Charming, Engaging, Funny, Complex, Confident, Outspoken, Romantic, Unapologetic, Patriotic, Leader, Visionary, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Dean Leung

Age: 60

Gender: 60


Key Traits: Blunt, Beautiful, Charming, Desperate, Engaging, Gracious, Sarcastic, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Greedy, Secretive, Sophisticated, Power-hungry, Narcissistic, Manipulative, Obedient, Seductive, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Premier Vander Zalm

Age: 45

Gender: Male


Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Criminal, Engaging, Desperate, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Greedy, Gracious, Insecure, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Narcissistic, Secretive, Sophisticated, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Lillian Vander Zalm

Age: 42



Key Traits: Blunt, Beautiful, Charming, Desperate, Engaging, Gracious, Sarcastic, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Greedy, Secretive, Sophisticated, Power-hungry, Narcissistic, Manipulative, Obedient, Seductive, Villainous

About The Author

Christopher Best has written 20 books and 5 treatments for screenplays over the past 22 years.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Warfleet Press

Hard Copy Available



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A story of the empowerment and dedication of a Chinese couple who supported the Chinese community living in Canada to grow amid the racist environment and succeed. The book mainly focuses on Faye (or the Hat Lady), a pioneer businesswoman who had a crucial role in women's and ethnic minorities' development since she resisted prejudice and fought for Asians' rights. She also helped Asians find a good position in business in Canadian society, thus enhancing their lifestyles. The couple's achievements delivered the Chinese the benefits that new generations of Chinese Canadians currently appreciate, changing their fate forever.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile is already very complete and attractive, however, the author could add the Character Roles of Faye, Dean and Lillian.

Draw of Story

The story of a powerful, wise, and dedicated woman to her community instantly draws our attention, especially because she fights for the Chinese's rights at a time Canadian people were absolutely racist against immigrants.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is undoubtedly awe-inspiring, but as it is an interview in which a reporter asks questions that Faye answers, sometimes those answers sound a little repetitive. However, the book is still very engaging.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is about the struggle of Chinese immigrants for a dignified life at a time when they suffered constant discrimination in Canadian society and were excluded from the possibility of good jobs and fair wages. The story goes far beyond Faye/Dean lives and tells the brutal story of Chinese immigration.

Fanbase Potential

Yes, because the narrative is a tribute to a powerful woman who was a feminist ahead of her time, and it could also attract a large audience of Asian people who might see Faye as an inspiration.

Awards Potential

Because of the narrative's importance, the story's dramatic weight, and a large amount of content this book contains, it has excellent potential to earn awards.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story of this Chinese couple and their struggle for the Chinese community's rights in Canada has not been widely explored, so it is an original story still to be discovered.

Lead Characters

The characters are robust and well-developed, both protagonists and the antagonist are historical figures who have gained visibility in the media because of an important fact that was widely reported in the tabloids. And as the story is told by Faye herself, the content is quite precise, and the development of the characters turns out to be much more profound and assertive.

Uniqueness of Story

The book itself is not a rare gem because it is just an interview that was arranged into this biography, but Faye's life story is indeed a rare gem.

Possible Formats

TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



All the elements for a work with the potential to attract a large audience are there. We have a strong, powerful, empowered, fearless main character with a feminist mindset at a time when women had no voice. We also have Faye's husband, who also represents the strength of the Chinese immigrant. They had a massive power of transformation because they were visionary and mentally open to the new. The book has a significant theme, which is that of racism against Asians, which is a subject still little explored by the media. Many films portray racism against Black people, such as Green Book and Hidden Figures, but still little is reported on the discrimination and prejudice suffered by Asian immigrants, here represented by the Chinese community. So portraying critical themes, the book has as its primary topics Canada's prejudice against Chinese immigrants and the issue of women who were still deprived of many things at that time. But Faye has never been intimidated by this "social demand" of keeping Chinese immigrants or women in their designated places, and she has managed not only to become a successful Business Woman, but also helped Canada tight international relations with Asia, helping highly in politics and business, and assisted the Chinese community to thrive and have their rights as well. It is a story of inspiration and overcoming, which has a controversial part of how Faye brought down Premier Vander Zalm because of a deal with a Taiwan billionaire. Still, even being controversial, this part brings more conflict to the plot, making the narrative most attractive.