Author Topic: CNN headline strikes me as a perfect one-liner pitch for a novel  (Read 651 times)

Offline Munley

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Here 'tis:

"Three women said they found out they had the same cheating boyfriend, so they converted a school bus and went on a road trip."


https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/19/us/women-boyfriends-cheating-bam-bus-road-trip/index.html

Offline Tabris

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Re: CNN headline strikes me as a perfect one-liner pitch for a novel
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2021, 08:17:01 AM »
I love that! If anyone writes it, add in details from this similar-but-different story: https://www.chumplady.com/2021/07/3-chumped-women-expose-army-col-with-double-life/  (This dude was actually married and one of the OWs had a baby, and they started combing every record they could to uncover all the rest of the women he was cheating on.)

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Re: CNN headline strikes me as a perfect one-liner pitch for a novel
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2021, 11:20:50 AM »
You can change it to five women/families and make it that in each family he has a different personality.

First part (1/3-1/2) of the story tells small stories of interconnecting lives without revealing to the reader that they are the same person. Next arc details where and why the stories started merging into one person. Third part is where the conclusion/revenge arc (or a happy ending) happens.

There is this film about three families: The Man with Three Wives

Depending on the genre you want this to be, it could be fun, horrifying, mysterious.

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Re: CNN headline strikes me as a perfect one-liner pitch for a novel
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2021, 09:23:06 AM »
Wow that IS a great novel premise!! It could also make an amazing movie!!! Somebody please do it!!! (not with original story, but as a launching pad)

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Re: CNN headline strikes me as a perfect one-liner pitch for a novel
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2021, 05:30:36 AM »
Haven't been on this site much (busy moving to a different locale), so just noticing these replies.

Tabris --- what a story! What a self-serving creep. One of the replies really struck me. Great that the army is checking him out, but pretty rotten if his wife and kids lose whatever pension benefits he accrued just because he himself deserves to forfeit all for abusing his power by preying on his female subordinates. I know not all the women he screwed over were among those subordinates.   I hope he gets what's coming to him, while something is left for his family.

GLZyx --- just found this movie on YouTube and plan to watch it. You've thought of a lot of creative storylines with a variety of possible endings for the CNN store, depending on the personalities he shows. Interesting.  Which one are you going to write?

NaomiShulman - Yes, it would be an amazing moving.