The Princess and the Witch
“What happens when a fairy tale princess falls in love with a witch?”
“The secret to writing good comedy is to realize the characters never understand they’re existing in a comedy world. They think of their lives every bit as painful as we would our own. Just because characters are funny and situations are farcical doesn’t mean there is an absence of tragedy. Tragedy is all around us and especially in comedy, because our pain brings out our deepest survival instincts. And laughter will always be a great way to cope with despair.”
-L. M. Warren
- “The End of the Magical Kingdom: The Evil Princess” is Part I of a III-part trilogy.
- L. M. Warren wrote the series as a political allegory, as well as a tribute to “outliers” and misfits of society.
- The story is a parody of Disney fairy tales but with the darkness and psychological horror of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
- The genre is officially a “tragic parody”, that is, a satire with social commentary and harsh emotional intensity, but written like a sitcom or a Comedy Central cartoon.
- The books feature various characters who are of the LBGTQX community, including Princess Mary Melancholy, the (closeted) Lesbian Disney Princess protagonist of the first book.
- The HOOK is: “What happens when a singing fairy tale princess falls in love with a witch instead of the handsome prince she’s destined to marry?”
- From there, a chain reaction of events occurs that changes “Happily Ever After” forever. Every kingdom in Cadabra responds to the scandal and these events are depicted in the second and third books, The Saint of Science and The Watchmaker’s Child. The first book, The Evil Princess, follows Princess Mary Melancholy’s journey.
- Within the massive island of Cadabra there are four kingdoms battling for power.
- They are: The Kingdom of Gold, The Kingdom of Blood, The Diamond Empire and the Commonwealth of the Pink Sky
- Seven independent provinces include: The Outskirts, The Babadeans Refuge, The Wilderness, The Borderlands, the Revolution Ghetto, The Animal Parish, and the Old Island of Fen Mien.
- The HOLLYWOOD PITCH IS: “What if Game of Thrones happened in a Looney Tunes universe?”
- Or…”What if South Park and The Crucible had a mutant baby?”
- Or…”What if Marquis de Sade rewrote Star Wars?
- Or…”What if Quentin Tarantino rebooted Fern Gully?”
- You get the idea.
- Here’s a meme example of L. M. Warren’s black comedy writing style which has been described as “incredibly hilarious but incredibly disturbing…”
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