I had a hard time coming up with a topic for "X" in this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge. [Sadly, there's not a lot of good fairy tales that start with the letter "X".] So rather than talking about fairy tales or fairy tale characters that start with an "X", instead I'm going to talk about some not-quite-fairy tales. Modern stories that share common themes with the tales of Grimm, Anderson and Perrault, but haven't yet been introduced into the fairy tale cannon.
So the following are some of my favorite X Tales: Not-Quite-Fairy Tales . . .
Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhelm family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a porcine snout -- and now young Penelope has fallen victim to this unsightly grudge. When tabloid reporter Lemon runs a misleading photograph of the kind-hearted Penelope, her parents lock her away from the world in a sprawling mansion. Though it is said that the curse can be lifted if she is accepted by “one of her own”, every man who lays eyes on the girl takes flight at first sight, never to return. That is until she meets Max, an unrepentant gambler with a heavy heart and an ulterior motives. Max is unexpectedly caught off guard by the pig-nosed girl's disarming charm, and suddenly flees before carrying out his nefarious plan. Now determined to throw caution to the wind and explore the world on her own terms, Penelope makes the acquaintance of independent-minded delivery girl Annie, who fast agrees to join her newfound friend on the ultimate journey of self-discovery.
The Princess Bride --
A tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-Dread-Pirate-Roberts Westley's journey to rescue
Pan's Labyrinth --
When her mother, Carmen, marries sadistic army captain Vidal, shy young
The Labyrinth --
The film centers upon teenage Sarah, who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish,
August Rush --
In the aftermath of a passionate night together above New York's Washington Square, a charismatic Irish guitarist named Louis and a reserved cellist named Lyla are forced apart by fate, but not before Lyla finds herself pregnant
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is Fairy Tales. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you'd like to check out the other participants, simply click here.