My first novel, The Fallback Plan, has a panda subplot. Esther, the protagonist, imagines writing a screenplay adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe starring pandas in the roles of the Pevensie children. This playlist is meant to be listened to during soft snowfall.
5. “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
The littlest panda meets a faun.
6. “Explain It to Me,” Liz Phair
The faun tells her that they have to save Hanukkah, and explains the curse of the evil White Witch (“Aryan white, if you know what I mean”).
7. “I Will Survive,” Cake
The littlest panda tucks a dagger in her belt.
8. “Better in Manhattan,” Casey Dienel
The littlest panda returns home, and none of her brothers or sisters care to hear about her adventure.
10. “Personal Jesus,” Johnny Cash
The panda faces the witch.
11. “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke
Violence and daffodils.