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Character Journeys in Once Upon a Time: the Savior, the Evil Queen, and Rumplestiltskin

The last time I talked about Once Upon a Time, I posted an overview of the show’s pros and cons over its six season run. And there were plenty of both. Now I’d like to get into more detail about … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time: At Its Best When Breaking the Mold, at Its Worst When Following It

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Emma is living on her own and working as a bail bondsman, when the boy she’d given up for adoption at birth appears on her doorstep. There’s nothing for it but for her to bring … Continue reading

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We Don’t Live in a Homogenous World: List of 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Works

There are plenty of authors from underrepresented groups writing fantastic science fiction and fantasy, and they’re equally deserving of publicity and support. It’s also important to remember that media can be powerful. It influences how we view the world, and … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale: Independent Heroines, Folkloric Settings, and the Struggle for Personal Freedom

Genre: YA fantasy Synopsis: In Lesnaya Zemlya, the old religion coexists with the new, both of them in practice by the people of the land. This is the world Vasilisa grows up in. She attends church, then leaves offerings for … Continue reading

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The Wolf Among Us: Powerful Characterization, Immersive World

Genre: Interactive mystery/adventure/urban fantasy Synopsis: All the characters we’ve heard of in fairy tales are real, but they’ve long since fled their homelands to find refuge in our world. Referring to themselves as Fables, Snow White, Bluebeard, and the Little … Continue reading

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Crimson Bound: Fairy-tale Retellings, and not becoming a monster

Genre: YA fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Rachelle is one of the few who knows and believes that the Devourer, and old evil defeated by the legendary twins Tyr and Zisa, is soon returning. Believing that it’s her responsibility to do … Continue reading

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Uprooted: Skillfully Crafted YA Fantasy, Building on Itself to Reach Poignant Character Moments

Genre: YA fantasy (it becomes too epic for me to classify it as a fairy tale retelling, which tend to be more contained in scope). Synopsis: Agnieszka lives in a village on the edge of a dark magical Wood, where … Continue reading

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