I read Chance Occurrence, a screenplay available on the Kindle, because Kristin Shaver is my friend. She helped me cram for my Biology final when I had barely attended a lecture all semester. She always had a stash of trashy romance novels for when I was brain fried. And she was a good drunk.
It’s that second one that I was worried about when I opened this up. 30-something singleton who has always played it safe has a near miss car accident and a bad day at work before deciding to start her dream business with her best friend and a handsome stranger. While it is a bit more Lifetime Movie that my usual read, I enjoyed it. But she asked for constructive criticism, so (deep breath) here it goes:
I am all about character development and I missed some things with the supporting characters. At the top of my list was the heroine’s mother. I am absolutely fascinated by the different ways that first generation Americans assimilate or don’t into the culture. Kristin starts to go there, but the plot is moving too fast to linger. I think that might be the nature of the beast when you are dealing with a screenplay as opposed to a novel.
The Stranger wasn’t quite creepy enough for me. I am thinking that might also be something that doesn’t quite translate into a screenplay. When I think about seeing it cinematically, it works better, but I really have to think about it.
Overall, I am happy to say it was a really good piece and I am looking forward to seeing what Kristin does next.