Pipeline Book Awards 2016
review of Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon
With regards to your submission for the 2016 Book Pipeline Competition, below is the internal feedback from our judges, commenting primarily on the entry's film of TV potential. Although the notes are relatively brief, we trust this will help give you a bit of insight into our process.
CONQUEST OF CANAAN: OG
This is certainly a very unique approach to an epic biblical narrative as it follows the lives of three young friends as they experience the conquest of Canaan within the ranks of the rising Israelite nation. Historic fiction based in a biblical setting is very rarely done and the last of a notable work of this kind was perhaps Ben-Hur (1959). For that reason, this work holds a level of originality and freshness that could surprise even those very familiar with biblical narratives. Even the characters involved possess an unusual level of realism and uniqueness that is not often present along this vein of storytelling and the use of first person narration is incredibly engaging in the opening chapters. That being said, while this narrative certainly provides a very fresh approach to biblical storytelling, popular trends have already begun to shift away from epic biblical adventures. Since the making of Noah (2014) the success of other biblical adaptations has depreciated in both value and quality. Exodus: Gods and Kings later on in 2014, Risen in 2016, and Ben-Hur at the end of 2016 all failed to accumulate the enthusiasm the studios hoped for, which ultimately diverted all interest away from this kind of storytelling. Until interests and quality are once again raised to the level that an epic biblical narrative deserves, it is very unlikely that producers and studios would be willing to invest in a story like the one submitted here, at least for the time being.