Rosie

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HORROR

Contemporary

Jeremy Henderson

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Submision Type

Book

Logline

The rustic town of Clover, Maine, is no stranger to dark secrets. When Heather and Ryan Nunes purchase the old Michener house, they are unfamiliar with its history and local urban legend, and the special nature of the jumping spider they discover while renovating the bathroom. Given the name Rosie, the spider grows ever larger and she becomes their unusual companion. Deceived by her docile nature at home, Heather and Ryan are unaware of the true scope of her predatory behaviour, and the terrifying fury Rosie is capable of.

Genre

Horror

Short Summary

The rustic town of Clover, Maine, is no stranger to dark secrets. When Heather and Ryan Nunes purchase the old Michener house, they are unfamiliar with its history and local urban legend, and the special nature of the jumping spider they discover while renovating the bathroom. Given the name Rosie,

Setting

East Coast, US

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Ryan Nunez

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Masculine, Modest, Faithful, Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Heather Nunez

Age: 30

Gender: 30

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits:

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2023

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9798399691008

Genre

DRAMA, THRILLER

Brief

Heather and Ryan just moved into another house to flip, when they meet Rosie, a jumping spider. Being fed by the couple, Rosie becomes a pet to them but begins growing well past normal size. Townspeople begin going missing, without explanation as Rosie’s protect her young. Heather and Ryan fall prey to Rosie , but a scientist arrives to find out if her genetic project has worked.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD 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

The story takes too much time to expose the plot. There is a lack of suspense or drama because of it. Rosie, the spider, is the protagonist but most of the story is watching her grow. There is no hint to her nefarious actions until she actually kills someone which is half way through the book. The other storylines including the teenagers trying to break into the house or Miriam's backstory add little to the central plot. More time could be spent incorporating the scientist, Anna, storyline. She becomes integral to the audience's understanding of how Rosie becomes a human killing giant spider but this is not shown until the end. The book recounts previous families who lived in the house and their stories of tragedy which do not connect to the story about Rosie.

Draw of Story

The relationship between Ryan and Rosie is very interesting and entertaining from the beginning. He is very intrigued by her and she seems to reciprocate. As Rosie grows, so does her personality and she becomes a pet to Heather and Ryan. There is a mutual respect between the characters that mimics people’s relationships to dogs or cats.

Possible Drawbacks

The book takes some time to get to the plot. The story establishes Heather and Ryan’s relationship, the history of the house and previous owners, the neighbors and townspeople and the plot by the teenagers to break into Heather and Ryan’s home. The first 12 chapters are dedicated to this and then it explores Rosie and her unique activities.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that an unusually large spider who has become a pet to the new owners begins to seek bigger prey to fulfill her growing needs.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a niche fanbase. There is room for the story to be more unique with the exploration of Rosie and what she is turning into. It would have a larger fanbase if it leaned towards science fiction, pulling in Anna and her scientific experiments into the main storytelling. At the moment, it's a small town story about a few missing people that hasn’t created much concern or panic in the community.

Awards Potential

This doesn’t not have awards potential as is. There are some quirky, indie film elements to it. The story does not set the tone of horror or suspense. This is a spider doing what spiders do. There isn’t an underlying current of rage from Rosie that creates an atmosphere of terror for the characters. If Rosie didn’t start killing people,the story could explore the unique relationship between the characters. There could be a unique story to tell.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

CUJO, DEEP BLUE SEA, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, PLANET OF THE APES

What’s New About the Story

The story is unique because Rosie, the spider, is not immediately presented as a threat. She is a regular size spider and it’s alluded to that she is intelligent by how she responds to Ryan. She then becomes a pet to the couple even though she is abnormally large for any spider in existence. While the outcome is not completely unique, there is space for the story to go in multiple directions.

Lead Characters

The lead characters are a normal couple in modern times. The main element that makes them stand out is their acceptance of Rosie. This spider has unusual actions throughout the story and yet they mostly embrace her until it becomes known that she is killing people. Heather and Ryan are relatively at ease with her presence and activities in their home.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem but is an interesting twist on a creature horror story. The spider is not inherently evil or destructive from the beginning. There are times when the audience gets Rosie’s perspective which keeps the story from slipping into true horror.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This story is a consideration because there are some interesting elements that make it somewhat unique. The story doesn’t set up Rosie as a protagonist from the beginning. This leaves room for this story to pivot into something more unique. As is, the story follows a typical formula of a genetically modified animal that becomes a danger to the humans around it. It becomes predictable at a certain point. Rosie is intelligent, however, which opens the door for more complex storytelling.