A TEEN DRAMA
Adapted for television by Kiersten White
Although CARA, our main character, is one of the POOR GIRLS in school, her house is miraculously huge and impeccably decorated. MOM stands at the counter, making breakfast. We know she is the MOM because she is wearing an apron.
CARA comes in. MOM gives her a smile. CARA raises an eyebrow ironically.
INT SCHOOL HALL
CARA walks down a crowded hall in which all of the students are way too good looking and in their forties. We know they are TEENS because they are wearing trendy clothes and use horribly trendy slang. As she passes DANIEL she deliberately doesn't look at him. DANIEL stares at CARA for an awkwardly long shot, with a close up view of his eyes. We know that there is some sort of HISTORY here. HISTORY that will no doubt come into play later, creating a jealous love triangle. DANIEL is wearing a football jersey so we know he is a FOOTBALL PLAYER and not a father of two in real life.
CARA stops at her locker. All of the lockers are far too nice for an actual high school, and the hall itself is brightly lit and non-scuffed up. This is television and things are SHINY. TWO GIRLS come up, each showing more cleavage than would be decent were they actually sixteen like they are pretending. One is TOKEN BLONDE, the other is PLAIN FRIEND who is still prettier than anyone we know in real life.
TOKEN BLONDE gives a frenemy smirk. Since this is a teen show, we can use lingo like frenemy.
(In future episode we will find out that CARA was not, in fact, in REHAB, but having a baby, because TEEN PREGNANCY is totally hot right now.) TOKEN BLONDE smirks and we know that everyone knows about rehab. Except...NEW HOT GUY. NEW HOT GUY (with an appropriately trendy name) walks down the hall and every single girl watches him. HOT GUY ignores all of them until he catches CARA'S eyes--and we are treated to an intense LOOK that lasts longer than any dialogue we've had so far and makes it clear that these two are DESTINED to have an awkward relationship with FORCED CHEMISTRY that will heat up when they need boosts in ratings, but in the first season will only push the limits in DREAM SEQUENCES. Also, they will break up at least once per episode. But right now this smolderingly awkward look lets us know that these two are THE COUPLE.
TOKEN BLONDE throws back her shoulders for maximum cleavagization as HOT GUY approaches. HOT GUY smiles shyly, but smolderingly, and doesn't even look at TOKEN BLONDE, who is immediately crushed and vindictive. HOT GUY only has eyes for CARA.
Another pause for some awkward, intense staring as PLAIN FRIEND and TOKEN BLONDE look on. PLAIN FRIEND is clearly excited by this development, because she never has plotlines of her own. TOKEN BLONDE is giving over-the-top bitter and jealous faces. She should have been cast in that role, but will camp up hers like nobody's business in the meantime.
CARA smiles tightly, and we all feel bad for her, even though so far we haven't seen her be nice, funny, smart, or charming. But since she is the prettiest girl and is destined to be with the hottest guy, we know that we should love her and root for her. Our stomachs knot in anxiety knowing that during sweeps when CARA and HOT BOY are deeply in love he will find out and it will all go to POT for two episodes.
END SCENE with at least thirty seconds more of staring so the viewers are certain that CARA and HOT BOY have chemistry.
NOTE: Determine whether to have a) vampires, b) football players, or c) really really rich kids populate the school for added drama. Or really, really rich vampiric football players. With nice cars.
I'm pretty sure I have a hit on my hands here.
Note from Laptop: Kiersten asked if it was okay to use my signature font. I said no. You can see how highly she values my feelings.
CUE MORE STARING.