8. One of a Kind Story? Not Quite
Let's pause to analyze for a moment, before pulling the lanyard on the
cannonbefore we reveal what's hidden beneath the sweet, light
This is a very special story, and uniquewe have not been
able to find another one like it on the market. Even though its plot may seem
simple, it is a unique and ground-breaking story in the context of our times.
This is why we feel it has the potential for a smash hit. Proof will be in the
reading, and more so in the word of mouth that we hope will send it viral. It
is one of the oldest and most powerful stories on earth, as simple as it is
gripping. The author interviewed women readers and store clerks, and listened
to the strong preference of a majority of them for stories that get radically
depart from what is currently offered. They voiced a desire for escape, feeling
good after a hard dayengaging, suspenseful, yet leaving a clean,
fulfilled taste to linger in memory. Many of them voiced a distaste for the
vulgarity, cardboard character types, and cheap gimmicks in many current
popular stories. They wanted escape and entertainment, but not at the price of
losing solid characterization, believable plots, andyes, this toogood
taste rather than vulgarity in theme and language. <u>Stop By is the story that congealed in
the author's deeply felt and carefully structured response. The points it makes
are subtle and elegant, almost easy to miss, until we really think about them.
Where would we place this story among the best and most powerful of
recentor not so recentromantic, sentimental tales? The
answer, in my opinion, will surprise you.
It's a true love story, but not tragic as in <u>Romeo and Juliet or
Erich Segal's 1974 <u>Love Story
(or, for that matter, its knockoff with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, Joan
Chen's 2000 <u>Autumn in New York).
The heroes each live happily ever after together, like Sleeping Beauty and her
Shining Knight. There is not a tawdry, extra-marital affair as in <u>Bridges
of Madison County,
but there is no preaching, no smugness, nor prudishness. This is purely a
secular story, without any faith-based prudery or smugness. The emotional
roller coaster is mature, powerful, and true to life, and readers will identify