What have we done before?
YA character studies on Aladdin, Ariel, and Belle and even a Disney prince smackdown between Charming and Philip.
I figured if I attempted to write "back of the book" copy for Beauty & the Beast, it might help me write a pitch for my own novel! There's no one way to write back copy, but no matter what, it needs to entice the reader. My format's going to be: A basic picture of the MC and her world -- the setup of the plot. Then an introduction of the conflict and the hook.
Here goes nothing...
When Belle pictured a life of adventure, it definitely didn't include moving to a small, sleepy French town with her eccentric father. Her days consist of reading books, feeding chickens, and avoiding Gaston, the town hottie who doesn't quite get that all brawn and no brain don't make her swoon. But when Belle's father leaves for a business trip and doesn't return, her entire world stops.
Panicked, she follows his trail to a dark, imposing castle in the middle of the forest. She never expected to find an angry beast holding her father captive, or the magical enchantment that binds everyone who lives there. Trading her freedom for her father's life, Belle roams the castle, an eternal prisoner. She soon realizes that there's more to the enchantment--and the people under it--than she'd first believed. But she doesn't know that she's the only person who can save them all ... if she's willing to risk everything.
Alright... tell me the truth here: would you read this if that teaser was on the back of the book?
What I'm most happy about -- the opening sentence. It was actually harder to write the plot in modern language than I thought (calling Maurice's trip to the fair a "business trip" made me giggle). I'm least happy about the second sentence because it's a pretty clunky way to set up her life. Any better ideas?
What do you think of the ending? Should I have hinted that the saving involves falling in love? Or is it even too much/too cliche to include the "risk everything" part?
Can you tell this is something I struggle with? I'd much rather write dialogue! Help!