The Elevator Pitch, that terrifying thing where you have to sell your entire concept for your book/film/TV show in the length of time it takes to travel in a lift. The I'm With Geek site have all come together to create pitches for their sections given a title to work from, and now, it is the Book Team's turn to present our own ideas under the title of Rings in the Rainbow. How have our team interpreted the title, and whose pitch is the best? Check them out below (a couple even have accompanying book covers!), and be sure to let us know your favourite in the comments!
Roxy, Olivia, Yasmina, Georgie, Bea, Imogen and Verity are the founding members of Rings in the Rainbow, a group of friends who are exclusively insular, preferring the safe company of each other to the unknown of their fellow peers. To outsiders the girls move, think and act as one. They are feared and secretly revered by those who marvel at the bonds which the Rings in the Rainbow faithfully maintain.
Each girl wears a ring in a colour of the rainbow which they never remove. The rings are a physical display of the inner affinity which the girls share; an unbreakable vow to each other.
One day the girls venture into a hidden cove on a deserted beach, drawn there by an inexplicable force. Only Verity exits the cove, determined to find the one person who can help her bring her friends back, but not everything is as it seems…
It is the year 2088. 12 year old Maddie lives in a post-nuclear reality where science reaches back to the alchemist craft. The world is no more what it used to be and highly developed societies swing on the brink of extinction as no technology can bring them redemption for their past deeds. The damage was done and Maddie can hear Mother Earth weeping in her sleep. The girl has a special gift, she can feel and hear things beyond human perception. With her body already half bionic and synthetic blood circulating in her veins, Maddie experiences gradual deterioration of her organs and accepts that. But when she hears a lament coming from the core of the planet foretelling the end of days, she decides to set off on the quest. The natural order of the seasons must be restored and no weather elements must be synthesized ever again, this is the only way. Can she save the future and herself?
A story of hope, self-discovery and a struggle against the inevitable. Vividly imaginative and featuring the simplest yet most important lessons of life, it should keep the youngest readers occupied for hours.
Rings in the Rainbow could be interpreted as numerous things. The way I’ve interpreted it is that someone is fighting something and must deal with every bump in the road. For some reason, the first thing that crossed my mind was mental illness and how people, and their families, must deal. I think this would make a decent story. A rainbow is often seen as a perfect object. People suffering with a mental illness often hit multiple snags along their way, often running in rings to get help and to be understood. The families also must deal with this, both dealing with the emotions and illness of the person suffering, but also their own emotions and dealings as well. Unfortunately, not all battles with mental illness end well – not all battles are won. However, many do win and cope day to day. The “rainbow” at the end of the day is seen, and the rings that have been run are no longer.
The only survivor of a failed mission to Saturn, Lieutenant Rainn Bowditch waits. Quarantined from the virus that killed his crew, Rainn works each day on repairing his damaged ship, awaiting any sign of rescue from the distress signal he’s not even sure he’s transmitting. He watches the rings of Saturn, his hope of salvation dissipating more and more as the days blend into each other, and he’s not even sure if the virus is already in his system.
After countless months alone on the planet, with supplies running low and ready to let space claim him, Rainn receives a transmission detailing that a rescue ship is on its way. But is the message his saving grace, is it madness and the virus playing with his mind, or is there something else in the shadows playing tricks on him? The oxygen is running low, there’s a banging on the cargo bay doors, and the body of his Captain, Sarah Walsh, has just started breathing again…
In a village isolated by mountains, a newborn babe took her first breath. A circle of white dominated her tiny brow. An omen. A sign that the world her parents knew was about to change forever. On the day of her sixteenth birthday, the incandescent rings that had always been present in the rainbow disappeared. Something had killed their gods. On the same day, the Circle of Elders mysteriously vanished without a trace. Encouraged by a mysterious stranger to pursue her destiny, the marked girl embarks on a journey to save her people from the dreaded Rainbow Twilight; an anomaly that was foretold to be the harbinger to the end of their world. Will she be able to stop whatever nefarious plot is in action in time to save the land from its twisted corruption? Or will it consume her as it has so many before her?
The Bifrost - the Rainbow Bridge which marks the entrance to Asgard, home of the gods. The gilded road which ends at the house of Heimdall, who keeps watch for the coming of Ragnarok.
Of course, no one cares what happens beneath the Bifrost. It never even occurs to most people that there exist residents of Asgard who don't live in glory and splendour, who eke out an existence in the slums while Odin and his sons drink and feast above them.
Heimdall never even suspected that Ragnarok could begin beneath the Bifrost, where he rarely bothers to look - he's too busy watching the skies. And in the same way that the streets of Midgard have entrances to the sewers below, so too does the Bifrost have passages, manholes if you will, to the lower reaches of Asgard.
Ragnarok will come through the rings in the rainbow.
So now you've read our pitches, which book would you be most likely to read? Let us know in the comments!