About 10 weeks ago, TVWriter™ ran a piece we called “What Buyer & Agent Types Don’t Want from Writers. Today we’re going to take the positive approach because what good or “don’ts” if you don’t have some “dos.” So without further ado (or even adah):
by Lucy V Hay
Wanted: Great Stories & Fresh Voices
What we all want is a ‘good story, well told’. That’s a given. But what does this really mean? In part 2 of my expert panel this week, I asked the industry pros a second question …
What types of stories, tropes, characters, genres, story worlds (etc) would you like to see MORE of in 2019?
Here’s what they replied with, below. Again, as you will no doubt see, these are not the prescriptive demands many writers believe they need to ‘sell out’ to. As with the previous post, diversity, new takes on genre and fresh perspectives are all top of their wish lists.
It’s also worth remembering what we’re talking about is GOOD RESEARCH and a proper submissions strategy. There’s no point submitting your fantastic novel or script to someone who doesn’t ‘dig’ that kind of story! Don’t forget to check out the submissions checklist in the PDF gallery on the B2W Resource page, too. Here we go …
1) ‘Surprises and humour’ – Kate Leys
What I’d love to see more of are stories that surprise me with their awkward characters and awkward truths (even huge budget action movies). Scripts with big, punchy stories (even if they’re set in one tiny location). And stories that are genuinely funny.
BIO: Kate Leys is a story editor (this year Pin cushion, American Animals and Benjamin), and can be found at www.kateleys.co.uk
2) ‘Surprising genre’ – Annabel Wigoder
More interesting, original horror – where’s the British Get Out? Smart ideas like The Guilty (a Danish thriller set entirely in a police emergency call centre) or I, Tonya, a female-led biopic executed in a really unexpected, blackly comic way.
BIO: Annabel Wigoder is Head of Development for Salon Pictures, working across film and TV. She has projects in development with Channel 4 and the BFI, and just produced her first feature documentary.
3) ‘More proactive diversity, including class’ – Hattie Grunewald
I’d love more class and income-diversity in protagonists. Fiction is becoming so filled with affluent middle-class characters, across all genres, while readers are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. I’d like more love stories – I worry we’re losing in touch with the great epic romances readers always connect with. And I’d like to see more proactive diversity in the characters in stories – people of colour, disabled people, LGBT people… Fiction reflecting the wide variety of experiences in life.
BIO: Hattie is an agent at Blake Friedmann agency, representing women’s fiction, crime and thriller, YA and Middle grade, and non-fiction. Read more about what she’s looking for, HERE….