Stargirl of the Edge is a novel and feature film concept I worked on from 2010-2015. The story outline first came to me as an idea for a feature film. After attempting the first draft of a film script, I decided to continue developing the story as a novel, and I completed it in 2015. I produced this trailer with a very talented local actress in the lead role.
It was an amazing experience to create this piece of writing and I’m very grateful for the generous help and feedback I got. Stargirl of the Edge is part of my multi-genre portfolio. As a creative person I enjoy using different channels and genres. Everyone has a novel in them, this is mine. I am not a career novelist, and this is my only novel. I believe it has merit and I offer it to anyone who would like to read it. You can buy it on Amazon Kindle for $4.99. If you can read it and review it, then you can have a free copy. I will send you a PDF copy. Alternatively I can provide a chapter by chapter synopsis.
Hypercreative 17 year old Anglo-Chinese high school student Olivia Yang is talented at Art but has problems with her Science A levels and suffers from dyslexia. After a stressful day at school she goes for a walk in the woods on Alderley Edge, the mystical hill to the south of Manchester. There she has a dreamlike encounter with princess from an Ancient Chinese dynasty who offers to teach her the Secrets of Science. She improves but there are many obstacles along the way. She returns secretly to the Edge for more encounters and there is slow improvement. During each visit the princess imparts ancient Chinese wisdom and Olivia gradually becomes empowered. But as she is about to take her exams, her father is kidnapped abroad, placing her under further stress. By going through trauma she develops inner strength and self-knowledge. Finally the issues and themes are resolved.
Stargirl of the Edge is a coming-of-age drama mixed with a fairy tale. The story touches on Science, especially Astronomy, Art and Languages, principally Chinese, and aims to inspire people to use their imagination and creativity. Many Chinese students want to study in the UK, and Manchester is at the top of their list. The story highlights Manchester University, MMU, the John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank. Olivia’s tutor Alan is inspired by Alan Turing. The novel contains a wealth of ideas from which to choose from to make a film adaptation.
BLUEPRINT FOR AN ANGLO-CHINESE FEATURE FILM
The story has potential as a feature film. It might appeal to a director with vision and courage who would like to take on an unusual but timeless concept. I am networking with filmmakers and perhaps there is someone out there who can turn this unusual story into a successful feature film or TV drama. Anything is possible with vision and commitment. The search is on!
- Appeals to both young people and their parents.
- The story is on a universal coming-of-age theme.
- Involves magic and mystery, popular movie themes.
- A potent combination of entertainment and education.
- English-Chinese young female main character appeals on all levels.
- The cross-cultural theme is very much part of the current Zeitgeist.
- The story reflects the growing business and cultural ties between Britain and China.
- Chinese investors might support a project that highlights Chinese culture.
Ruth O’Brien, copywriter and novelist, Chicago“What a wonderful story, compelling and involving.”
Gill Vaughan, book club member, Newbury
“I love the juxtaposition of reality and imagination, of art and science, of clashing personalities.”
Katherine Fish, Writer and Editor, Manchester
“This is an excellent story, and really draws the reader in.”
Jed Williams, English teacher, UAE
“I enjoyed the book especially as the locations are familiar to me and the story refers to the legends of the Edge around Castle Rock. It is easy to sympathise with the main characters who are believable and likeable.”
Reader, name withheld
Carol Foreman, author, Glasgow“I really enjoyed Stargirl of the Edge, in fact I couldn’t put it down. It was quite a cliffhanger.”
Jean Bell, Salford Uni Film and TV Studies graduate, writer, filmmaker, Stockport.
“Olivia goes through insecurities and struggles but her adventures will inspire will power and hope. It is indeed an exciting story for young people, and people of all ages.”
Yvonne Ray, United States
“Overall I give Stargirl of the Edge a strong rating! It holds the attention of the reader and I think with your intended audience it may well be a hit!”
Kieran Sheridan, Chicago, United States
ABOUT AIDAN O’ROURKE
Aidan O’Rourke is known in the Manchester area as a local writer as well as a photographer-videographer. He has a lot of experience in different genres and often describes himself as a ‘creatie mind’.
I would like them to imagine its potential as an on-screen drama and if possible write reviews.
Cover design by Aidan O’Rourke
Again, thanks for reading this far. I’d be very grateful for your help. Can you…
- read the novel and write a review and/or
- recommend it to others;
- refer me to people who may be interested in it as a potential film or TV project.
To get in touch, please e-mail info(at)aidan.co.uk or use the contact form.