Os Segredos do Rei

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ACTION CRIME FANTASY DRAMA HORROR WAR ROMANCE MYSTERY RELIGIOUS

18th Century

Salete da Silva

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Submision Type

book

Logline

O príncipe Maurício soube da maldição que condenava os primogênitos da família real a se transformarem em lobisomem nas noites de lua cheia e ficou transtornado. Ele se casou e foi coroado. A esposa flagrou-o na sua estranha transformação e denunciou-o. O rei foi preso e condenado à fogueira.

Genre

Action,Crime,Fantasy,Drama,Horror,War,Romance,Mystery,Religious

Short Summary

Embora tenha optado por começar o livro pela prisão do rei, na verdade, a história começa mesmo quando a maldição é revelada a Maurício.

Setting

Information not completed

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Incest,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Maurício

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Masculine,Villainous,Romantic,Sophisticated,Unapologetic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Milena

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aspiring,Engaging,Gracious,Obedient,Religious,Blunt,Skillful,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Margarida

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Romantic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Margarida

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Skillful,Romantic

About The Author

Nasceu em Lagoa Nova, uma pequena cidade do interior do Rio Grande do Norte. Aos 12 anos, ainda era analfabeta. Matriculou-se na escola e logo aprendeu a ler e escrever. Bem cedo, demonstrou seu interesse pela escrita. Começou escrevendo crônicas as quais apresentava num programa cultural da Rádio Brejuí de Currais Novos - RN na década de 60. Foi para Natal onde cursou Ciências Sociais na UFRN. Dedicou-se, nessa época, ao Magistério de 1° grau. Querendo voar mais alto foi para Brasília, onde pretendia fazer um mestrado, porém Deus lhe deu o mais belo presente: uma filha. Tornou-se, então, funcionária pública federal. Mais tarde, já aposentada, abraçou o desafio de escrever seu primeiro romance “Na Toca dos Lobos” publicado em dezembro de 2017. Escreveu dois contos: “Missão Cumprida”, um conto policial que faz parte da Antologia Heróis do Cotidiano e “Os Segredos do Rei”, um conto fantasia, que integram os títulos da Antologia Amaldiçoados Pelo Poder, ambos publicados pelo Editorial Projeto Eco Literário. Esse último conto a autora transformou em um livro, “Os Segredos do Rei”, porém ainda não foi publicado. Hoje ela mora em Natal/RN.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Por mim mesmo

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

FANTASY, ROMANCE

Brief

A prince discovers a sad curse plaguing his family. All firstborns, upon becoming kings, will automatically turn into werewolves on full moon nights. He becomes king and tries to hide this sad secret, but everything ends up being discovered, and he is sent to the fire. Queen Milena, married to the dead King, will need to fight the fury of the people who felt betraied.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Margarida appears twice in a row in the characters section. King Maurício does indeed transform into a werewolf and go about killing innocent people, but it's not really his fault that this curse exists, so he doesn't fully function as an antagonist in the story. In addition, Margarida would act more as Milena's sidekick than actually having an emotional role.

Draw of Story

The story begins at a party where we realize that the queen wants to get the king drunk to discover some secret and incriminate him. So, the story begins by giving us a feeling that she is betraying the King. This makes us curious to understand what is going on and why she is acting like this.

Possible Drawbacks

While it's interesting to see the Queen set up a trap against King Maurice right away in a type of flashforward, the unfolding that follows turns out to be rather uninteresting because, in fact, we already know what's going to happen at a crucial moment.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is to see this young, passionate, and happy man forced to live with a curse that may cause him to lose his wife and kingdom if discovered. The premise has good emotional appeal, and the hook is clear from the start.

Fanbase Potential

Fans of fantasy and love stories set in castles can be drawn to the plot. It has the necessary elements for a construction that can attract this audience.

Awards Potential

It is a more entertainment-oriented story than a deeper exploration of inner feelings and conflicts. If the story dives into this issue of a man stunned by a curse and who suffers day after day from having to hide who he really is, the story could gain more depth and greater chances of winning awards.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE WOLFMAN: A MAN INVESTIGATES DEATHS ON A FULL MOON NIGHT AND DISCOVERS SECRETS ABOUT HIS OWN PAST. SILVER BULLET: A SERIES OF MURDERS HAPPEN IN A SMALL TOWN UNTIL THEY DISCOVER THAT THE PRIEST TURNS INTO A WEREWOLF AND KILLS PEOPLE.

What’s New About the Story

It's a fantasy that looks like a fairy tale, with kingdoms, princesses, and princes, but which apparently takes place in Brazil and has a werewolf as the character who causes the greatest conflicts. It is somewhat original.

Lead Characters

The characters could be a little more developed. Many reactions do not seem consistent with their personalities, such as the young Milena, who seems stunned by the discovery that she has fallen in love with a werewolf and suffers from it, but at the same time speaks of her husband with total hatred and disdain in the opening pages of the book. Or Maurício himself, who appears to be a good and dedicated man, and very much in love with Milena, but who suddenly shows himself utterly hostile to the people he loves and acts in a disconnected way from his personality.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem because we've seen similar movies before and also because the narrative structure needs polishing.

Possible Formats

Film: Streaming

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

King's dilemma could have been better explored. He finds out suddenly that he's going to turn into a murderous monster overnight and doesn't really seem to have a lot of feelings about it. He simply exists in the grotesque way he was thrown. As he is such a well-liked character at the beginning, it would be interesting to show him more frustrated and saddened by the facts so that we can understand his atrocities. Milena has a good chance of being an impactful character, but the way she presents herself, in the beginning, makes us distance from her and spend much of the story trying to find out if she is genuine or not. It gives a lot the impression that she is a fake who wants to steal the kingdom for her, when in fact, she is a passionate woman disgusted with the situation in which she finds herself. These are two narrative lines that can be worked together, but here they would need a deeper development. The dialogue is very on the nose. Everything is too much explained and described in words, while actions are just in the background. Actions are often more likely to present a character's sensations and conflicts, so it would be interesting to pay attention to creating more complete actions and more necessary dialogues, rather than simply putting in the characters' mouths what we can see in images. There are good narrative elements here for an original fantasy, but development is needed in terms of structure, dialogue, sequences, and characters.