Untitled IP Work I Wish I Could Make YA

I went home recently. It was a trip well worth the wait. But while at home, I had the best IP idea while sleeping. As usual, it happened while I was dreaming. To say I was annoyed to wake up is an understatement.

Unfortunately, it also was an ADULT IP idea instead of a YA one. What does this mean (I know people out there are thinking dirty things)? Basically, my idea would be a better fit for an adult book than a children’s book. So since I can’t develop it for my market, here it is (please keep in mind, this is really rough since I wrote it down during the early hours of the morning, aka 7 am (what? I am not a morning person)):

In her last year of college, a young woman befriends the new British exchange student, Henry, and they begin a romance. Picture Henry Cavil (who I dreamed about) or Sam Heughan (just because I needed a picture of him in this post).

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outlander-ep4Their first conversation over the phone and that is what really attracts Henry. They are together for years, with the girl not knowing that Henry is really a duke. Eventually, he reveals it. They get into a fight, and patch it up, though the girl lets him know she is with him for him and not the title. To her, it doesn’t matter. As his birthday approaches, the girl has decided to surprise Henry for his birthday by knowing how to conduct herself in the aristocracy. She hires a tutor at the recommendations of one of her close friends and the girlfriend of one of the other lords.

A few days before Henry’s birthday, his mother arrives to tell Henry that his father is dying. The girl is preparing to leave with them when she hears the call pull away. She races down the stairs and outside to find Henry only to find him by the door clutching a magazine.

They have an explosive fight. Henry shows her the magazine, a royalty one, and points to a picture of the girl;s mother holding a shopping bag filled with nothing but shampoo. He tells her that he knows she never wanted him, pointing to the other aristo in the magazine and noting that she can’t name that person (she can’t. her lessons haven’t covered them yet); he tells her that she changed and only wants the trappings of privilege. During their arguments, his mother and sister return. The sister, Chloe, likes the girl, but their mother never liked her.

Henry shows the girl a photo in a different magazine, saying if the girl really cared, she would recognize his mother and the girl’s work. The girl looks, and is enraged. She points and says “That’s not my work.” In a very small shot is picture of Henry with his ex. The girls says he is the one who never loved her.

The girl is getting ready to storm out, but stops. She won’t be the villain. She turns back to the room where Henry is sitting, clutching his head, surrounded by his mother and sister. The girl lays a card down on the table, and tells him about the surprise lessons. As for the picture, she gives him pregnancy stick. He blanches. Her mother bought it for her, and was trying to hide it from the photographers.

The girl leaves. Chloe follows her down the steps and reminds her that the baby would be the heir. The girl angrily replies as she gets into a taxi that she would sooner claim she didn’t know who the father was then let her child be raised in Henry’s family.

A few days later, it is confirmed the girl is pregnant. She is hiding out in her mother’s apartment. Henry has been calling nonstop, but she just can’t deal with him. She points out to her mother that she is homeless, no boyfriend (I don’t know if they are married or not), and jobless, living with her mother. Her mother urges her to talk to her friends.

She rings up her friend, Katie, a good friend from college. Katie has moved so Henry hasn’t been calling her to find the girl. The girl and Katie make plans to hang out that day.

And that is all I have.

It is told in the third person point of view (or POV for my mom’s edification). And rest easy, there is a happy ending.

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The Hollywood Teen Romance I Need to Happen

Lately I have been feeling like I am all about the book reviews, which is fine, because it means I am reading (yay for reading!) and I have so many books to read.

But I am oddly not satisfied with my reading.

Don’t get me wrong, I have loved so many of the books I read. They are truly great, and I would love to have found them. But have you ever loved something so much, you ate it all the time, and even though you still love it, you also wonder what else could be done to make it better?

Take The Royal We for instance. If you read my review, you know how I feel. And as most of my friends can attest, I have been hankering (much like I would for tacos) for a princess book or a Hollywood teen romance.  A Royal We came along and I DEVOURED it. (In case you can’t tell, I am hungry). But it oddly left me wishing for something more.

Actually what I really want is an insightful book about Hollywood and romance. Rebecca Serle’ Famous in Love, which I was soo excited for, and then it fell flat for me, was a good spring board, but I want more.

I would recommend for anyone in the same boat to check out Emily Evans’ The Accidental Movie Star. It was closer to what I wanted to see then Serle’s book, though the TV show might end up fulfilling the things I wanted to see expanded on in her book.

Basically, I have been saying Hollywood Teen Romance would be the next thing. I have wanted it for at least three years now.

So the Hollywood teen (new adult?) romance I want would explore what happens after they get together. Say for instance, you ( a regular girl) met and started dating the heartthrob of Hollywood (I have no idea who I am imagining in this role, to be frank.  So for the time being just say the girl met a Henry Cavill looking man at a Starbucks (side note to my side note: He’s hot)).

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Marry me.

How would this relationship work? How would she feel about him being away to work? Maybe she is cool with it because she is not looking for a relationship, and is in her first year of college. How would he feel about having to be away? All those college parties are just ripe pickings for a hook-up. How to they navigate keeping their relationship secret from the paparazzi? Kate Middleton storyline!  And how do they deal with these hurdles as they become more involved?

I want this book. I want the nitty gritty of navigating this relationship. I want to see the actual Hollywood process!  This is my Hollywood teen romance.

Let me just orchestrate this.

UPDATE: I just found out Map to the Starsa Epic Reads Impulse title, is on this same premise. I promise to read and report back my findings.

Diamond in the Rough

Sometimes I get really weird dreams. Like REALLY weird dreams. And the other night I had an interesting, yet odd dream.

But strangely enough, I felt there was something there and when I recounted my dream to by roommate, she agreed. So without further ado, I give you my weird dream:

Imagine the hero as Kevin Sorbo built like Jason Moymoa but no quite either man.

Kevin Sorbo from my dream

He is attracted to our heroine who looks like Mila Kunis. Our hero is this rich man who has a house on a jungle cliff side. Hero and Mila are having a fun flirtation when she is kidnapped by terrorist along with his family (i.e.  Mother, uncle, and kid cousin). The terrorist have them on a speed boat and Mila Kunis is handcuffed to the steering wheel. The terrorists drop the family slowly over the edge, but they can swim so they are shortly rescued. Mila is still handcuffed when a helicopter comes and takes out the terrorist. Our hero has rescued Mila but she is like “Where are you?” And he tells her he used a remote control helicopter he has been controlling from the cliff side with his assistant (the assistant is female).So Mila makes it back to land, and the reporters are hounding her. The assistant comes to get her. As they are walking back up the house, Mila asks if the assistant can get her stuff and the assistant tells her that he (Our Hero) is more fascinated with Mila than Mila is fascinated with him.

And then I woke up.

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So my dream was weird, but I feel like there is a good story nestled in all the weirdness. My dream feels like Fifty Shades of Grey meets Twilight meets Speed 3, and it wasn’t even done when I got up for work.

So let’s reimage this as more YA and less weird. I’ll make our hero a teenage tech genius with his own start-up (like Mark Zuckerberg, but better looking, and not Kevin Sorbo). Our heroine will be a normal high school student that he meets at a coffee shop (she works there) as he is working on some new code. His assistant will actually be his older sister, who is majoring in business and is helping our hero with his business.

Now for the Diamond in Rough:

Our hero meets our heroine in the coffee shop where she works as he is working a problematic new code for his company. He is fascinated by her normalcy, i.e. going to high school and all that entails. She is drawn to his brilliant mind. They quickly become friends. She starts hanging out with him and his family. He shows her his company and she has some insights into how to help him recruit more people. He is attracted to her but also a bit shy. Terrorists, in an attempt to control his company for their own means, kidnap our heroine along with his mother, uncle, and kid cousin. The terrorists are using a speed boat to get away, with our heroine handcuffed to the steering wheel. The terrorists drop the family slowly over the edge. Our heroine is still handcuffed, thinking through a plan of escape now that the family members are out of direct harm’s way, when a helicopter, remotely controlled by our hero, comes and takes out the terrorists. Our heroine pilots the boat back to land where she is met by our hero’s older sister/business manager. The business manager tells our heroine that our hero is more fascinated by our heroine than she is with him and that our heroine needs to be careful not to break his heart. Our heroine is rejoined with the family and our hero and they share their first kiss.

End of book 1, I think.

I know it needs work, but hey, it started from a weird place.

Tonya Harding Meets Bunheads

So several factors played a key part in bringing this topic to my mind. As readers will know, I recently reviewed Bunheads by Sophie Flack. If you missed it, please pop over to it and familiarize yourself with my thoughts. A while back, my roommate and I were watching 30 for 30: The Price of Gold on Netflix, about Tonya Harding and “the whack heard around the world”. I highly recommend the documentary.

While reading Bunheads, I kept flashing back to this story. One of the things that made the Tonya Harding scandal so juicy was that it felt like it was made for the movies. And I realized that it would also make a great young adult book.

First, let me say, I am sure there are some legal issues to developing a book about this. I am not a lawyer nor do I have access to one to ask, so let’s just assume a fictionalized version of this story would be out (aka not allowed).

But when I was reading Bunheads, I realized it wasn’t the ballet book I really wanted to read. There are rivalries in the book to be sure, but nothing that was as drastic as the events of 20 or so years ago.

The ballet book I want is a bit more dramatic.

Picture this:

On the night of one of the biggest performances of the year, the soloist is brutally attacked (but not like murdered-attacked, more like broken legs (still gruesome, but you know)). Shock reverberates among the company’s dancers. Who could have done such a thing? Only young corps dancer, What’s Her Name, suspects the culprit is one of their own. Now she must figure out who broke the soloist legs before the next dancer is taken out.

Ballerinas are scary, man. Black Swan anyone?

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My Thoughts on Jupiter Ascending

***SPOILERS****

I recently had the opportunity to see a preshow viewing of the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending. To say that this movie had potential would be an understatement. It had the actors, the beautiful sets and computer renderings, and amazing worlds that I am itching to explore. It LACKED a great script and pacing that allowed viewers to really enjoy the story.

As I am watching the movie, I can’t stop thinking about how this would make a better YA trilogy than a movie. In fact, this movie is the movie that should have been made AFTER a YA book was first published. Jupiter Ascending should have been three books. I will vaguely outline my thoughts below so as not to fully spoil the movie. I do recommend it as a Netflix option.

Book 1:

We are introduced to Jupiter, a Russian immigrant, who works as a house cleaner, but dreams of more. One day, she is attacked by aliens (think cross between the Worms from MIB: Men in Black and the Silence from Doctor Who). A hunky man named Caine, with awesome space boots, saves her and reveals that Earth is not the only plant with sentient creatures. We, as readers, get the back-story of the human race, why Jupiter is special, and exactly why aliens were sent to kill her. A bit of space travel later, and some crumbs of back-story for Caine, Jupiter ascends to her space heritage, and learns the secret of time as a commodity.

Of course there are some fights and building romantic pairings (it wouldn’t be YA without it).

Book 2:

Jupiter now controls her space heritage and must contend with adversaries intent on taking that from her. Her growing attraction to Caine is stymied by Caine’s personal drama.

Book 3:

After thwarting a plan to steal her heritage, Jupiter returns to earth to discover her family has been kidnapped by The Big Bad in a ploy to steal her heritage to make the commodity of time. Jupiter and Caine finally realize their feelings.

As you can see much better as a book series. There is more time to explore areas that were glossed over by the pacing of the movie and allow for world building.

Transmedia is the future, people. And Jupiter Ascending would benefit from that treatment.