The Princess and the Witch

“What happens when a fairy tale princess falls in love with a witch?

This is the story of three princesses and four kingdoms. “

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What is “The End of the Magical Kingdom”? 

L. M. Warren wrote the trilogy as a political allegory, as well as a tribute to “outliers” and misfits of society of which he is a lifelong, card-carrying member. 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 LGBTQX community, including Princess Mary Melancholy, the (closeted) Parody Lesbian Disney Princess 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 Evil Princess 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
  • The Commonwealth of the Pink Sky

There are also seven independent provinces including:

 

  • The Outskirts
  • The Babadeans Refuge
  • The Wilderness
  • The Borderlands
  • The Revolution Ghetto
  • The Animal Parish
  • The Old Island of Fen Mien

(You can take a Playbuzz Personality Test Based on the Books to see which province or kingdom you most relate to)

The HOLLYWOOD PITCH IS: “What if Game of Thrones happened in a Looney Tunes universe?”

Or…”What if Disney musical-comedies actually stuck to the original Brothers Grimm stories and went full horror?

Or…”What if The Rocky Horror Picture Show invaded Don Bluth cartoons?”

You get the idea.

For a more in-depth preview with character profiles visit The Evil Princess characters page.

 

Fast Facts

  1. Genre: Tragic Parody (Comedy, Horror, Coming-of-age Drama)
  2. Love Story: LGBTQX
  3. Size: LARGE, over 120,000 words
  4. Prose: Third Person Narrative
  5. For YA & millennial audiences, especially outliers, outcasts, outsiders and exiles
  6. Warning: Contains strong violence, emotional trauma, sexual situations, and bawdy humor
  7. Suggested for readers over the age of 15
  8. Influences include The Brothers Grimm, Disney Musicals, The Never-Ending Story, and the TV series “Soap”
  9. Many of the characters in the story are socially awkward and or suffer from personality disorders
  10. Characters are “likable” but occasionally disturbed…there are no “heroic” protagonists
  11. Villains are also far more complicated and thus very subversive, making the trilogy feel more like literature than genre
  12. Part I, II and III are currently available…each episode is self-contained but also part of an ongoing saga
  13. The future Part IV and other books are currently in limbo…It really depends on YOU!

 


A Novel for Millennials?

(A novel for people who don’t like to read!)

“What were the motivations behind writing something so divisive and weird, instead of a more traditional young adult/teen novel? The series had a great deal of black humor and psychologically traumatic violence in it, which the author insists is all part of the political statement as well as the targeted audience of ‘outliers’.

My goal in writing the series was to:

  1. Show that religion and LGBTQX love can co-exist and perhaps as friends, not as segregated enemies.
  2. Create an anti-war novel series. I am a pacifist and third-party supporter, very much opposed to commercial war and imperialism. War is ugly, War is Hell. War is rape and tyranny no matter who wins and if it was justified. I think my generation needs to be reminded of this.
  3. Dare myself to write a fairy tale book where all the major characters were hard to like, but fun to hang around. Each one suffered from the twelve major personality disorders.

 

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The reason for this was not just to troll my readers (although I adore antagonistic storytelling) but to actually make a book about socially awkward characters and how they interact. I myself am socially awkward and don’t get along with a lot of people, and I know there surely must be plenty like me in the world. So this series was a sort of coming out party for all the outliers of society who don’t fit in…and you know, it’s OK not to fit in.

In order to be more accessible to younger readers, I decided to write “tragic parody” style, books for people who don’t like to read, and would rather imagine the story as a movie or screenplay. That’s why there’s mostly action in the narrative, more dialog, more humor, more shock value. Not as much boring introspection, internal writer speak, and long verbose descriptions that keep a lot of teens/millennials away from thick novels.

Some people who read it classify it as mishmash because it’s too funny to be serious, too dramatic to be a comedy. I think 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

 

10 Tips on Being a Fairy Tale Lesbian

The End of the Magical Kingdom: The Evil Princess” discusses pressing social issues in a fairy tale world. And its plot of a fairy tale princess who falls for a witch could be considered a criticism of religion and politics but this is not a lecturing book. Our goal is to have fun and bring some humor to a dreary world. So here is the book’s own Princess Mary Melancholy presenting 10 tips on being a fairy tale lesbian.

 

  1. “Don’t randomly sing to animals in the forest. It makes people think you’re on drugs.”
  2. “Meditation and the support of your friends help…but I tell you, alcohol really makes a difference.”
  3. “People with evil smiles…really are kind of evil. Don’t trust them!”
  4. “Don’t wear heels when wandering in the wilderness.”
  5. “Your mother is always going to give you a hard time. Now that I’ve come out her whole thing is, “You don’t seem gay enough.”
  6. “Expect some sword fights.”
  7. “Voodoo helps.”
  8. “Don’t hold your breath on Disney to make any inspirational films to help you through this difficult time.”
  9. “Be very careful when using the word pussy to describe your girlfriend’s cat.”
  10. “Whatever you do, don’t tell Prince Charming!”

 

“So a Princess Falls in Love with a Witch…”

Why does the princess always have to fall in love with the prince? For that matter, why does the proverbial singing fairy tale princess have to fall in love with a man at all? The premise of “The End of the Magical Kingdom” is a princess (a parody of a ditzy Disney princess) realizing her true identity when she falls in love with a beautiful witch named Salem. A princess-witch romance ensues which causes a controversy in the fictional island of “Cadabra”.

The story really takes off when the kingdoms around her react to her decision to forgo Happily Ever After and to pursue romance with a witch instead. The witch is viewed as the fairy tale equivalent of a terrorist (or “horrorist”) which only makes matters worse, since she is an outcast of “civilized society” and doesn’t follow any leader or established kingdom.

The allegorical book series is not only a parody of singing fairy tale romances and love clichés, but also a fierce commentary on political and religious issues that matter today. On the surface it is about LGBTQIA rights, but the layers of the story reveal a great deal of political insight, especially with follow up books in the series named curiously, “The Saint of Science”, and “The Watchmaker’s Child”, which are about other Cadabra princesses facing similar situations.

This princess-witch romance was inspired by The Brothers Grimm, Animal Farm, and the old TV series “SOAP”.

 

Ready to Have Dinner with L.M. Warren?

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Why wonder about the things that might have been? Just follow your heart and ask L.M. Warren out on a date! That’s right, you can have a virtual private dinner with author L.M. Warren (Late Mitchell Warren) as you read his WRITER’S COMMENTARY Blog @ Blogspot, which is a direct chapter-by-chapter discussion on all symbolism, craft and personal motivation in writing the book.

Believe it or not, this is the best one-on-one date simulation possible. It’s very likely that in real life, Warren would just bore you all night talking about his book, sipping wine, and wouldn’t go for any action. Yes, he’s that narcissistic and pedantic, go figure!

Order the book and then sit down for an in-depth discussion with the author as you read. His blog also takes questions from readers so if you’re confused about the stoned fairy in Chapter 14 or something, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Or…Read a Free PDF Sample Right Now!

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(Want to ride the roller coaster before you buy? The first 85 pages of “The Evil Princess” in PDF format)

Or…Read the Wiki Travel Guide to Cadabra

(The mock-up Wiki-Travel Guide for tourists planning to visit all four kingdoms and seven provinces)

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Or…Read the Pirate Disney Fanfiction Edition

(Starring Disney characters)

@Archive of our Own or @Fanfiction.net

(Retelling of the first 100 pages with in-continuity Disney characters replacing the originals)

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OR…Follow Author L. M. Warren as he trolls the Internet

 

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