As it is implied, “Pilot” is the very beginning of the Teen Rebels serial novel.
The story opens up with the following words: “Long before the banalities of social media, there was a time and a place where no one had heard of a cell phone, let alone text messaging. There was no Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter. There was none of this “reality” television that everyone was harping about in this day and age. Cartoons were for children only; there was none of this “cartoons for adults” crap; and it would be a while before the rating known as PG-13 would be implemented into movie theaters.
In short, this was the year 1988.”
We see Josie Tremlett-Kahn, who is sitting at her desk in the art classroom at Montagne Beach Middle School. Josie has recently turned 13 years old and is a nonconformist. She despises the pop culture of the day and would rather wear old raggedy clothes than the latest fashion styles.
She meets two kids named Seth Burke and Moira Downing, and these two kids are the type of people that I would have avoided. For starters, Seth is an anti-American anarchist who blames the country for the problems that the world is facing, never minding the fact that he himself is an American citizen, and Moira has the personality of a “loser”, as she never really talks to anyone and often hides in the library when she could be socializing with the other students.
How and why I chose these two particular children to be Josie’s friends, I will never know.
But that’s not all, as the trio meets Josie’s cousin Trixie Leigh Kalbrunner, a mentally disturbed girl who had not been seen outside her house in five years. Together, the newly dubbed “Teen Rebels” decided to take down Sheila Baines, an older girl who has terrorized the students of their school for three years.
Well, that’s the short summary of this story, as I’ll be putting the serial on Smashwords. Also, since this story takes place in the late 80’s (as opposed to the late 90’s, which was when I came up with the idea for the story), there will be tons of pop culture references and many world events, such as the South Korea Olympic Games, the 1988 Presidential Election, and even the kids learning about the controversial ending to the hit show “St. Elsewhere“.
So there you have it.
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- TV Review: Amazon’s latest pilots are a cut above its last batch – and most other pilots (avclub.com)
- Learn Some Secrets of Salem and Our Reasons Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Watch the Premiere (dreadcentral.com)
- The 50 Best Television Pilots of All Time (complex.com)