WILDWOOD NIGHTS

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ROMANCE

1980s & '90s

MARGUERITE PACHOLSKI

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Submision Type

Book

Logline

The New Jersey beach community of Wildwood NJ, a place where you can be anything you want to be or just blend in amongst the crowd. Lori chose Wildwood for just that reason. Escaping her controlling father in the summer of 1979, she runs away to the excitement of the popular tourist town and that's where she meets Tommy Knight. Tommy and his band 'The Knights' are a popular attraction among the visitors that summer, especially the girls. Her meeting with him, though unplanned, would change her life forever. Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with a soon-to-be rock star whose interest in you fluctuates from buddy to jealous boyfriend is enough to drive any girl crazy. Especially one with nowhere to go and no family or friends to fall back on. Tommy Knight had plans for his new found friend Lori. Discovering her talents leaves him questioning whether he is driven by need or attraction. His motives become more complicated by his brother David's mistrust. Conflicted at times, he ultimately follows his true heart's desire. Can Lori trust in love enough to open her heart to the possibilities despite the pain

Genre

Romance

Short Summary

The New Jersey beach community of Wildwood NJ, a place where you can be anything you want to be or just blend in amongst the crowd.

Setting

Wildwood, New Jersey

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Tommy Knight

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass

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About The Author

Author of 4 self published books on Amazon and Audible

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2022

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA, ROMANCE

Brief

Tired of life with her controlling father, a young woman (LORI) leaves her home and ends up getting involved with the womanizing lead singer of a rock band (TOMMY). Owner of a beautiful voice, she also becomes the band's lead singer, gets pregnant by Tommy, and the two decide to get married, even though the man doesn't seem very in love with Lori. She loses the baby, and the situation worsens in their relationship, turning Tommy into a careless man and Lori into a person who turns to drugs to cope with losing the baby. While Tommy tries to make his band succeed, Lori gets closer to DAVID, a friend of Tommy's, who falls in love with her. Lori becomes pregnant again with Tommy, but the singer dies in a plane crash, pushing Lori to marry David and live happily with him.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Nothing to declare.

Draw of Story

The author puts us straight into the action, without wasting too much time on presentations and backstories, which makes the book connect us with the character from its first pages.

Possible Drawbacks

Tommy could be a more complex character, with less predictable actions, which end up making us always expect the worst from him. If we already expect the worst from him, his actions end up not touching us as much.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is to see how this girl has bad male influences around her and how she manages to remain firm and intact despite that. First, the cold and distant father who wants to control her. Then, the husband who also controls her out of jealousy and possession, and who, over time, also becomes cold towards her.

Fanbase Potential

As it is a story with a "younger" narrative that talks about new experiences, trying to live life your own way, and failing due to bad choices, the narrative could attract a young audience who may be intrigued by Lori.

Awards Potential

To increase the narrative's potential for awards and competitions, the adaptation would need to follow more of a coming-of-age path, of discovering life under one's own feet and actions, like Lady Bird. A frank account of entering adulthood.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

LADY BIRD, JOHNNY & JUNE

What’s New About the Story

The fact that the protagonist has problems with her father and later with her husband makes the story also an essay on toxic masculinity and how women are influenced by it.

Lead Characters

It's interesting to see how brave the protagonist is in leaving home without having anywhere to go or stay but maintaining hope for better days than those she lived with her father. It's also good that the narrative shows a relationship between father and daughter that isn't perfect. The father is not perfect, quite the opposite, and their relationship is very distant and cold. It's nice to see honest family relationships on screen, without always having to fall back on the idea that family is always a loving and safe place.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem because the narrative would need some maturation and maturity in the construction of the dramatic arc, but it has a premise that draws attention.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

It is still a work in progress because there are elements that still need to be improved, such as character construction, a deepening of the narrative in terms of complexity and development, and refinement of dialogues that can make the story more touching and more dramatic.

Tips for Improvement

The narrative could address more of the relationship between father and daughter. This frank portrait of family relationships for many people could have added even more conflicts, dilemmas, and problems to the plot, making it more robust and more profound. Perhaps giving more screen time to the conflict with the father could make the narrative more potent and broader in terms of audience. If the focus is more on the tours and the rock band, the tendency is to rejuvenate the audience and have a less complex and thought-provoking narrative. The conflicts arising from Lori and Tommy's relationship end up seeming a little superficial if compared to the loss of the baby and Lori's lack of support from her father and family. But the narrative basically focuses on their relationship, which means that many dramatic opportunities end up being left aside. Tommy could also be a slightly more dubious character, more complex and profound, with layers that make him irresistible and unbearable at the same time, making him so suffocating and controlling to the point that Lori suffers even more with his presence. And Lori could be a little more independent about the men she surrounds herself with, especially at the end of the story, where her dramatic arc comes full circle. She seems to have an emotional dependence due to her father's lack, and then depends on Tommy in several aspects. Having her emotionally dependant at those two points is understandable because Lori is in the learning stage at a time when her arc is still ongoing. However, in the end, would she really need to marry another man? Maybe she would understand that she can be happy alone.