I have an unhealthy obsession with fairy tales. They are my weakness, and the more fantastical the story, the crazier I am over it. My book collection includes a collection of leather-bound Hans Christian Anderson, Grimm and Aesop books, and my love of books stemmed from holding these beautiful volumes in my hands and breathing in the wickedly delicious stories of self-sacrificing mermaids, child-eating witches and princes in disguise. I kept a dictionary near me to look up words like "tinder-box" and tried to convince my mom that my eyes were already bad, so what's the big deal about reading in the dark with a flashlight?
Not surprisingly, my newest favorite TV series is ABC's Once Upon a Time. Since I don't have cable TV, I hadn't seen it until after Season 3 was finished airing. I watched the first season on Netflix and was hooked! Thankfully, the first two seasons are on Netflix, and then I used Hulu's free trial offer to watch the third. I am so in love with this show and cannot wait until season 4 starts!
So for this blog post, I would like to do my own review of the show. However, there are going to be plenty of SPOILERS! You have been warned!
OK, first of all, to prove my authenticity of induction into the OUAT fandom, I'd like to share my first ever YouTube music video. One of my favorite stories in the series is of Red Riding Hood. Her back story is heartbreaking, but very well done. In the video, I tried to compile the clips that showed her story and her strength of character as she transforms from a dangerously naive girl into a powerful and independent wolf. I made it mostly because of how much I love Red, but almost as equally because of how much I love this song. Every time I hear it, I think of Red Riding Hood, and now I have a video to go along with it! It's a little rough but I hope you enjoy it:
One thing that I love about the show is the character development. For some, like Emma or Red, they find their courage and strength and learn to accept their place in the world (or really, both worlds!). For others, like Regina, Rumpelstiltskin and even Cora, we not only grow to empathize with their reasons for being the villain, but we see glimpses and even transformations of their true, good nature (although, the jury is still out with that Rumpel, who is a big fat liar!).
Of course, sometimes the best part about any show is...the eye candy.
I know, most of the fans out there are swooning over Hook. I like him all right, but I was always Team Neal. Don't tell my husband, but I am planning to name my next son Baelfire.
A few of the other leading men that my fellow OUAT ladies like to ogle:
(Notice the lack of Rumpel...I think he is fine, but I am mad at him for lying to Belle.)
OK, so this wasn't so much of a review as it was a droolfest, but I can't help it. There is just too much leather and "guyliner" for me to resist!
As for the storyline and plot, well, I just think that overall, it is genius. The writers really work hard to intertwine the characters' stories just enough to make it believable and consistent (for the most part), leave cliffhangers in every episode and keep you feeling tortured over who to root for. Regina started out as THE evil villain, only to become someone who I will literally cry for if she doesn't get her Robin in Season 4 (speaking of which, who wants to join me in booing Emma for that brilliant stroke of genius in bringing Marian back from the past??! STUPID! And while we're at it, let's all take a moment to remember that Hook warned her not to, but didn't have the guts to do the job without Emma's permission, which officially makes him whipped! This is why Regina is the best, by the way).
So....yeah. I am anxiously awaiting Season 4 because this is how I felt Season 3 ended and I am NOT ok with it:
While we wait for Season 4, I found a really great way to get my OUAT fix and placate my withdrawal symptoms. Fan fic!!
A good friend of mine writes her own fanfic story based on OUAT, and I love it! It's told from the perspective of Henry, a few years into the future. It's exactly what I need during these dark times...haha! Check it out, and click "Follow" to get notifications on new chapters when she adds it: The Cost of Happiness.
That's all for now. If you are a Oncer and have anything to add, I welcome your comments! Some of my favorite conversations in the history of my life have been with my friends over this show! I'd love to hear from you.
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Hi! My name is Astrid and I am an unschooling, working mama of 3 with an intense need to design, craft and create. Follow me for ideas, tutorials, DIY projects, homeschooling resources and more.