ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY SUSPENSE / THRILLER
CALL OF THE WILD, JURASSIC WORLD
• ANNA: 35. LEAD. BIGFOOT SEEKER. ADVENTUROUS.
• DAVID: 30S-40S. ANNA'S HUSBAND.
• EVE: 40S. THE FIRST SASQUATCH ANNA ENCOUNTERS.
• MEAKA: 10. EVE'S YOUNG DAUGHTER.
Out on a weekend excursion, Anna decides to explore one more wilderness road before she heads home and soon finds herself stuck high up on a narrow mountain pass. She is forced to stay overnight in her car where a vicious storm washes out the road, leaving her stranded. Desperate and scared, she comes face to face with a newly confirmed species that was once only a legend. Terrified yet drawn to her deepest obsession, she attempts contact and is taken on a journey so incredible, her life will never be the same.
Target Gender: Universal
The Sierra-Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Year Published: 2012
Anna McLain gets stranded in the wilderness where she encounters the legendary creature known as Sasquatch. Terrified yet obsessed, she ventures off with the female Sasquatch she comes to name Eve.
Anna is forced to return to society after 3 days with Eve and her Sasquatch family.
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Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Plot - Premise
Voyage and Return
Main Character Details
Name: Anna McLain
Key Traits: Outspoken, Unapologetic, Lone Wolf, Badass, Confident, Insecure, Adventurous, Skillful, Perseverance, Blunt, Clumsy, Complex, Educated, Aggressive
Additional Character Details
Name: Eve (Bay-rah)
Key Traits: Skillful, Decisive, Empathetic, Perseverance, Selfless, Visionary, Aggressive, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Complex, Empathetic, Skillful, Engaging, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Naive, Obedient
Additional Character Details
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ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, FANTASY
Woman gets stranded on a road, sees a sasquatch. Names the sasquatch "Eve;" the sasquatch takes her back to meet her family. She spends some time getting to see how the creatures live and is fascinated by them, but soon has to go home when her husband sends search helicopters looking for her.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Draw of Story
Very intimate first person perspective that very accurately portrays the feelings of fear and adrenaline.
The story meandered quite a bit with the flashbacks to Anna's life as a child and at home--it might be better to instead introduce Anna's life in the normal world and her interest in sasquatches organically before she encounters one.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
A woman encounters a sasquatch and is drawn into their world. I would watch this movie if it focused on the parallels in human nature between the people and the squatches.
I really doubt it as there just isn't that much there. It's a story where a woman meets a sasquatch and is fascinated by it but it doesn't have anything under that to latch onto. There are no arcs or real character changes at all in the story.
Absolutely not. Maybe with make up or effects?
Similar Films/TV Series
TONALLY IT KIND OF FEELS LIKE JURASSIC WORLD DID, BUT TWO DIFFERENT BIGFOOT MOVIES FOR KIDS CAME OUT LAST YEAR AND IT SEEMS BASIC ENOUGH TO FIT WITH EITHER.
What’s New About the Story
This story should focus on the only original aspect of its version of a bigfoot encounter--it really humanizes the sasquatch and shows their social structure instead of just "look at this scary beast."
Anna seems to have an interesting backstory that would be more interesting if it was laid out in an understandable manner instead of just thrown in here and there with no rhyme or reason.
Uniqueness of Story
It's not, but this could be improved if this writer had a good editor to fix the structuring and framework of the story. I think there need to be more characters and they need to have goals--what is Anna's goal? She wavers between wanting to run away and wanting to look at the sasquatches, which isn't the most driving of goals. Why does she care so much about them? Expand on that.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
Expand upon why Anna cares about finding bigfoot and what she plans to do with the photos. This is a very unfinished story--we know she took some photos from the beginning, but nothing happens with them and it's unclear why. Her husband seems to love her very much--why is she in California while he lives in Hawaii? Furthermore, more needs to happen in the story. Right now, it's a very straightforward circle of her finding them, dipping her toes into their world, and leaving. More needs to happen. There needs to be more conflict, a lot more.
Tips for Improvement
More needs to happen. There need to be genuine struggles that we see Anna encounter, not just momentary flashes of fear that are immediately resolved.
After years of searching for the sasquatch, Anna comes face to face with one after her car is stranded on a narrow mountain pass while exploring. At first she's scared, but the sasquatch leads Anna to a small group of the creatures. Anna is stuck between terror and curiosity as she tries and learns about their way of life.
What We Liked
- This is a very intimate story that focuses a lot on the feelings of mystery and amazement at the sasquatches as well as on the actions. It's exciting and thrilling and heartwarming all at once.
- As a film, this would be a thrilling adventure story with a focus on survival as well as the fantastical creatures.
- As a television show this could work as a mockumentary series where a woman goes about exploring the wild and ends up coming upon these creatures and tries to learn more about them while keeping the documentary aspect a secret.
- Key points: Unique; Female main character; Fast action scenes; Natural setting; Mystery
Anna is on a weekend excursion and decides to explore just a little bit further, only to find herself stranded in her car when a vicious storm washes out the road. She goes outside to investigate and sees what appears to be a tree stump growl at her. She is terrified and rushes back to her car, fearing and hoping that this might be an encounter with a mysterious species she has investigated her entire life--the sasquatch. Anna braces herself and finally decides to see the creature once and for all. She soon finds herself face to face with a female of the species and names her "Eve." Eve towers over Anna and is covered in thick fur. Anna is terrified of the creature but is unable to contain her curiosity and manages to look up and look into its eyes. Anna manages to croak out "help me" to the creature, and as if Eve understands her, she races through the forest. Anna tries to keep up but despite her physical fitness is no match for the giant creature, so soon, Eve beckons for Anna to get on her back and carries Anna piggyback style as they run through the forest until they reach a small gathering.
The stench of the sasquatches is strong and makes Anna nauseated, so she tries to eat some gum, but after chewing it for a while, Eve sticks her fingers into Anna's mouth and takes the gum, swallowing it whole. Anna has no idea what Eve's plans are for her, and considers that she might be in danger, until another sasquatch approaches--a male. The male is agitated and growls at Anna, and Anna is surprised to see Eve stand in front of her, protecting her. After the aggressive male leaves, Eve brings Anna to meet her family, including her young sasquatch daughter who is barely taller than Anna.
The young female takes an immediate liking to Anna and even teaches her its name--Meaka. After warming up to Anna, Meaka even plays a game with her and some pinecones. Anna is thirsty, but when she tries to drink water out of her water bottle, Meaka grabs it, fascinated, and breaks it. Eve pulls aside some heavy stones, revealing a freshwater spring, but refuses to share the water with Anna, who instead is forced to find her own stone and lift it herself. Anna tries to sleep outside but is woken up by the cold and worried about the exposure, so she calls out to Eve who begrudgingly takes her to their cave.
Anna fashions herself a small sleeping area away from the sasquatch family. Soon, one of the larger male sasquatches returns with a dead deer, which he, Eve, and Meaka eagerly dig into. Anna, however, is repulsed by the raw meat, even moreso when Eve tries to hand her a slab. Anna tries to be polite and bite into the carcass, but is unable to suppress her nausea and cannot consume the raw flesh. Eve and Meaka provide her with some shoots and roots and nuts instead. As the night grows cold, Anna decides to snuggle up against Eve and Meaka for body warmth, and they put their arms around her. Anna has been kicking herself for not taking a camera with her and manages to sneakily capture a few photos of Meaka on a cellphone.
The next day, Anna again encounters a male sasquatch who is angry with her, and she's confused, until Eve takes her to a grave and conveys that a human had killed her son. Anna understands why they hide from people and feels ashamed of whoever hurt the sasquatches. Suddenly, they hear helicopters, and Anna realizes that her husband, David, must have sent out a search party for her. Anna loves her husband very much but reasons to herself that he would understand if she stayed there forever as it is what she has wanted her whole life--a family. However, Eve disagrees and makes it clear that it is time for Anna to go, taking her back to the road.