Hi. I am interested in finding stories that have the elements of the fairy tale - adventure, medieval setting, etc. - but without the magical & spiritual elements of sorcerers, witches, spells, enchantment, etc.
This can be for any age group. I'm really interested in Once Upon A Time stories but feel free to list any you can think of. Thanks!
Now the second one you mentioned sounds interesting because it reminds me of The Secret of Nimh in that the rats were intelligent because of the scientific experminents performed on them. I really loved that film as a child, although it was scary at the time, lol! I do like the concept of there being a scientific explanation for the animals talking and intelligence, not to mention that it's kind of an activist story in a way by showing the animal testing to be cruel. It doesn't explain the "magical" elements which if I were writing it I would change that.
This is really interesting to think of all these elements of what makes a good story, what makes it emotionally compelling, what keeps the reader/audience intently wondering what will happen, but without the elements I dont want, or finding a way to rationally explain the ones that make good stories. For instance, Alice In Wonderland is entirely fantastical but it turns out to be a dream after all.