I do not have very much faith in myself as a writer, and because of this I'll tend to double guess a story that I am writing, decide that its stupid, and give up on it completely.
I'd like to avoid that this time, and just see if you guys think its a stupid concept, or something worth working on.
The setting is in a not-too-far future, in an area that has become a "utopia". Basically, computers and machines do most of the work that humans used to do, they are also constantly producing more and more machines/robots/AI to make more and more of the world become a "utopia" where people do not need to work, and all of their needs are satisfied. (there would be some kind of system where people CAN work if they want to, to receive certain benefits.)
Despite this being a near perfect society, depression, and other mood disorders have become more and more prevalent, despite a decline in nearly all health related problems. Suicide is now the #1 cause of death, with nearly 50% of all suicides being committed by high school students. Because of this, high school has become completely optional, in an attempt to lower the death rate.
The main character is a 14 year old girl who just finished jr. high, she has 3 months to decide if she wants to enter high school next year, go into training for a specific job, or just spend her time freely relaxing/indulging her hobbies.
She doesn't know exactly what she wants to do, but she does know that she wants to be able to make people happy. With the help of some local authorities, she manages to get a position in a program where she can track down patients who have been diagnosed with high risk depression, and have stopped seeking treatment, essentially becoming the last chance for people who have already completely given up.
This part would be fairly typical, she would first help an ex-model who has gone into hiding, refusing to leave her house, or talk to anyone for over a year, she would face the typical expected difficulties, learn the deeper reasons behind her seclusion and eventually (somehow..>_>;) manage to convince her to leave, and start doing the things she loves again.
The second person she helps would be a high school girl only 2 years older then she is who recently attempted suicide. the two of them end up having quite a lot in common and become good friends. with lots of support from her new friend, the girl eventually manages to overcome the problems that were creating so much difficulty in her life and has a happy (maybe romantic) ending. she stays friends with the main character.
The third person she tries to help is a guy also a few years older then her, he quit highschool after one year, and has not spoken to anyone since. MC falsely assumes that this will be similar to how she helped the first person, but ends up discovering that things are never the same with different people. She begins to develop feelings for this guy, but things end up going badly, and despite her efforts she finds out one morning from local officials that he has killed himself.
After a period of grieving, and isolation she goes to quit hew job. she receives some suprisingly harsh questioning regarding why she wants to quit, and learns at this time that the first two people she "helped" were not human, they were machines mant to test her intensions (as confidential patient information cannot be given out to just anyone who says they want to "help"). she had completely failed. She learns that a significant ammount of the current population is actually machines( some who are aware they are machines, some who are not), and that humans are quickly becoming an endangered speceis (due to low birth rates, and high suicide rates)
er...some more stuff happens after this, but not MUCH more before the ending, and i havent really thought it all the way through yet >_>; there would be multiple endings, some that come earlier in the story...but i havent completely decided...
here are some character sketches:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v669/ ... utopia.jpg
the rainbow haired girl would be the first robot she helps who has gone into seclusion, i thought it'd be a bit ironic for her to be really bright/colorfull/pretty when shes really having a difficult time.
The plain looking girl would be the MC, i wanted her to have muted colors for the atmosphere of the story...she looks a bit square here and her skirt is too short... ill fix that later
I can always recycle these guys for something else if this whole idea is kind of stupid anyways.
Please let me know what you think, be honest, i dont mind trying to come up with new ideas, i have a couple more incomplete ones floating around right now anyways. i just dont want to be double guessing myself once i get started, because it'd be a waste of time.