A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): B is for The Best Offer

It’s April A-to-Z month! Interested in signing up? You still have time, just click the ‘B’ banner above or HERE to start your month-long journey. 🙂

Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.


For my Day Two (or B movie, not that kind of B-movie) I chose The Best Offer.

Let’s get to chopping! *rolls sleeves*

anime food cooking cutting hamtaro

Triggering eventanswering Claire Ibbetson’s first call

Setting up the problem: She’s not making their meeting times and giving such poor excuses, and then Claire’s voice is echoing from the home itself and her illness is revealed and she cancels all further appointments

Turning point #1: the discovery of the automaton in the house

Recovering from the problem: Claire asks for another appointment and Virgil Oldman gives it to her, that and the contract to become his client and they slowly fall into a pattern of trust — Claire going as far to giving him a key

Mid-point: Virgil sees Claire for the first time and he becomes greedy for a second peek, only this time she catches him and they start to bond after

Deepening of the problem: the final pieces of the automaton are found and Claire disappears, and Mr. Oldman is not himself these days, i.e. fudging up one of his auctions

Turning point #2: Virgil is jumped and viciously attacked and it’s Claire who leaves her home, flags down help and goes with him to the ER; and Claire who decides to move into his house

Resolving the problem: Virgil accepts Claire’s wish to not sell the house and he rips up the auction book while toasting his new friends and revealing the secret room of his prized ‘woman’ to Claire

Climax: Virgil retiring and after returning home from his trip and final day at work, he finds Claire is missing…and the paintings are gone with her

Resolution: going mad, Virgil spends time in the hospital but he eventually gets out from his convalescence and heads to Prague and the cafe called ‘Night and Day’, hoping to bump into the nubile “Claire Ibbetson” he fell in love with

SO have you ever been tricked my someone like this? Was it as bad a betrayal as what Virgil got in this film, or more milder…like a simple April Fools joke?

7 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): B is for The Best Offer

  1. Lots of good information here! I enjoyed finding your blog through the A to Z Blog Challenge. Good luck with A to Z!
    Writer’s Zen (www.writerszenblog.wordpress.com
    Jasper Lynn – Children’s Author (www.jasperlynnblog.wordpress.com


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