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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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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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