READ YOUR FORTUNE ™ LES PAGES DE LA FORTUNE ™
Original Title: READ YOUR FORTUNE™ SPEED READING TV SHOW ™ , Genre: Game Show, Speed Reading. Slot: Access / Primetime, Rights Owner: BUMP Productions, License: USA, UK, FRANCE
ONE GIANT SCREEN
ONE JAPANESE GONG
GOOOONNNNG, GO !
WORDS START TO POP UP ONE AFTER ONE ON THE GIANT SCREEN
FOR EACH WORD YOU READ OUT LOUD YOU EARN MONEY
ONE MILLION DOLLARS TOTAL PRIZE
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
HOW MANY WORDS WILL YOU READ ?
GOOOONNNNG, STOP !
HOW MUCH WILL YOU REMEMBER ?
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO KEEP THE EARNED AMOUNT ?
READ YOUR FORTUNE - SPEED READING TV SHOW
How fast can you read, How much can you remember to win one million Dollars ?
World’s first game show series in which a participant becomes a millionaire simply by reading out loud a few pages of a book or a few words on a large screen.
Presented for further development to FridayTV: MINUTE TO WIN IT (Jock Millgårdh and Mattias Olsson).
NOTE: All games in READ YOUR FORTUNE have been developed with the advise and collaboration of reading experts and speed reading coaches. Reading materials in the show are carefully selected to suit the design, the feel, and the rythm of the television format. The pages read on the show have been written by famous and celebrated writers, some are excerpts from books, others are written strictly for each episode of the show by known writers. Participants, such as school children for instance, or celebrities, are coached and trained by experts and specialists in speed reading methods days or weeks before they come on the show.
Visit this link for reference in speed reading methods.
PLOT - SYNOPSIS
“READ YOUR FORTUNE is the world’s first weekly game show series in which a participant becomes a millionaire simply by reading out loud a few pages of a book in front of a live studio audience, or a few words on a giant screen.”
Within three to five minutes, the participant accumulates a fortune by quickly reading out loud to the viewers and to the live studio audience as many pages of a book as possible.
The participant has five book categories (challenges) to choose from: Biography (Celebrities or VIPs), Film, Crime, Politics, and History. (Different categories may be introduced each week for each program: Funny Stories, Love Stories, Children Stories, etc.
All the books are of the same size and format, pocket size or paperback format for instance, and are written in same size letter typesets.
Each page (challenge) is worth an amount of money that the participant accumulates every time he thumbs through the book. $1000, $2000, $3000 $4000 $5000 $6000 $7000 $8000 $9000
In order to keep the accumulated amount, however, the participant has to answer a series of questions related to each page (challenge) that he has read: “How fast can you read and how much can you remember?”
The participant is allowed to seek help from the studio audience to answer some of the questions; therefore the studio audience has to closely pay attention during the reading. The Studio audience is not allowed to write anything down or take notes during the reading, as the game is about remembering what’s being read.
One final question will in the end make the participant eligible for winning one million “dollar”, or it may make him lose all his accumulated fortune.
The fun part of the program lies in “quickly reading out loud some funny passage in a book”.
The host as well may make the program more entertaining by giving funny examples or making funny comments about some stories or books that he or she has read or heard of.
A major book publishing company may sponsor the program.
FIVE CATEGORIES / CHALLENGES
The program starts off with the participant chooses one book category among five different subjects: Biography (Celebrities or VIPs), Music, Film, Politics, Crime, etc. (Different categories may be introduced each week for each program: Funny Stories, Love Stories, Children Stories, etc.)
For each book category the production has in advance prepared a chapter and the number of pages (challenges) that the participant has to read, as well as the production has composed all the questions that the participant has to answer afterwards.
The participant is then given
THREE TO FIVE MINUTES TO READ OUT LOUD to the studio audience and to the viewers as many pages as he possibly can of the chosen book or chapter.
- The participant is expected to remember and understand what he reads, as afterwards he will answer a series of questions related to each page that he has read.
As well, the audience in the studio has to pay attention and listen carefully while the participant is reading, because they too will answer some of the questions to help the participant win or keep the amount that he tries to accumulate by quickly reading as many pages as he possibly can within three to five minutes.
All must be quiet in the studio when the reading starts. To create a thrilling atmosphere during the program and while the participant is reading, rumbling background suspense music is played inside the studio, and once in a while we hear the BLING! - Cash-register sound each time the participant thumbs through a page, and the amount that the page is worth is displayed somewhere
on the television screen. Meanwhile the ticking sound of the clock puts pressure on the participant as he tries to speed up his reading pace.
The audience is tense; viewers are both listening carefully and waiting at the same time.
All of a sudden the time is up, the three to five minutes are gone, the host stops the clock and the participant must stop reading.
The host announces how many pages the participant has read and how much money he has accumulated.
- The accumulated amount is equal to the total value of all the pages that the participant has read.
Then comes the
FIRST ROUND OF QUESTIONS, which are related to each page that the participant has read.
- The number of questions is equal to the number of pages read, - and here the participant has to show that he can remember and has understood what he has read.
For each right answer the participant gets to keep the amount that the related page is worth. For each wrong answer he loses the amount equal to what the page is worth.
All the questions have MULTIPLE-CHOICE ANSWERS (a, b, c, d) and range from simple and easy ones to difficult ones, such as:
What is the title of the book?
What is the name of the main person in the story?
What does the word Hypochondriac mean?
Why has science developed in the way described in the book? Etc.
EXAMPLE - CASE SCENARIO
Jens chooses to read a book in the category “Celebrities”.
It is a biography of actress Julianne Moore.
The book chapter or section that Jens is about to read out loud to viewers and to the studio audience has been decided in advance by the production.
The host sets the timer and, “GO!”
All is quiet… Rumbling suspense music is heard in the background.
Jens starts to read out loud, and fast.
He quickly turns the first page and, BLING! he makes his first amount, 500 dollars is displayed at the bottom on the screen.
The ticking sound of the clock puts pressure on him, as his reading speed becomes faster. The BLING sound becomes more frequent.
The audience is tense; viewers are listening, waiting, and counting how much money Jens is making.
All of a sudden: BUZZING SOUND. The host says, “STOP!” and Jens stops reading.
After three to five minutes Jens has quickly managed to read 10 pages about the actress Julianne Moore.
Page 1 = 500 US dollars.
Page 2 = 1000
Page 3 = 2000
Page 4 = 4000
Page 5 = 6000
Page 6 = 10.000
Page 7 = 15.000
Page 8 = 20.000
Page 9 = 30.000
Page 10 =35.000
A quick math tells us that Jens has accumulated a fortune of 123.500 US dollars.
In order to keep this entire fortune Jens has to answer a series of questions related to the actress and to each page that he has read.
What is Julianne Moore’s date of birth?
December 3, 1960
October 5, 1960
July 10, 1961
December 10, 1960
What state in the USA does Julianne Moore come from?
What other name is Julianne Moore sometimes credited as?
Ann Theresa Moore
Ann Julie Moore
Ann Franck Moore
For each right or wrong answer Jens keeps or loses the amount of money equal to the value of the related page.
If for instance he gives:
a wrong answer to question#1, he loses 500
a right answer to question#2, he keeps 1000
a right answer to question#3, he keeps 2000
a wrong answer to question#4, he loses 4000
Every time Jens can’t answer a question or doesn’t know the answer to a question he is allowed to ask the audience for assistance. The host will then ask him to pick one person among the audience who will answer that particular question.
If the person from the audience gives a right answer Jens gets to keep the money that the page or question is worth. If the person gives a wrong answer he loses the money that the page or question is worth.
Jens’s final accumulated fortune is equal to the total value of all the right answers that he and the audience have given.
The duration of the program is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Participants are between 12 to 60 years old and from all walks of life. They are selected mainly by their reading skills, reading speed, or by their ability to remember and understand what they have quickly read.
SELECTING THE NEXT PARTICIPANT.
To select the participant for the next program the host reads out loud a passage or a few pages of a book to previously selected five candidates among those who had applied to participate in the program.
The five candidates have to listen to what the host is reading and answer a few questions afterwards.
Each time one gives a wrong answer he or she is eliminated.
Questions are not multiple-choice but quiz questions related to the story or passage that the host has read.
The winner of this short round is the one who is going to be in the program the following week.
MINI VERSIONS OF READ “YOUR FORTUNE”
“Read Your Fortune” can as well be made in different shorter versions or mini-games as described in the following example
PRIVATE AT HOME
Within five minutes, a single mother has to try to win a small fortune by reading a children story to her 6-year-old daughter.
The mother and daughter will answer questions afterwards related to the number of pages or part of the story that she has read.
The more right answers they each give the bigger the fortune they may finally win.
IN A SCHOOL CLASSROOM
Within 5 minutes, a student (or a teacher) has to read a number of pages of a book and try to win a small fortune for his class or to finance a school trip. They will answer questions afterwards related to the pages read.
IN A SHOP
Within five minutes, a shop owner or shopkeeper (bookshop, clothing shop, etc…) has to read to a customer a number of pages of a book and try to win together a small fortune. They will answer questions afterwards related to the number of pages read.
On the street, …
Many more similar examples can be made or mentioned …
READ YOUR FORTUNE AS A FAMILY GAME OR DURING SOCIAL EVENTS
“Read Your Fortune” can as well be an entertainment game that can be played at home between family members or between friends during a social event. Family members or friends can test each other’s reading skills and each try to win a small fortune or an amount of money.
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