Once Upon A Time - Living In A Story

Updated: Jan 19

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post is about a fandom that I joined a while ago, around the same time I got into Supernatural. It’s based on a TV show, that unfortunately ended, when it got a reboot, which is actually a shame, because I was getting into it, since it was a little more urban than the first iteration of the series, but “what’s done is done” (I had to).

The TV show I’m talking about is one that reinvigorates my childhood with the fairy-tales I’d listened to and watched in movies, growing up. Now, while its plot spiralled out of control towards the end, before the reboot, it was still something worth watching, especially for those looking for a little bit of fantasy in their lives. It’s called Once Upon A Time.

Fairy-Tales Come To The Real World

For those of you who haven’t watched it, or would like to watch it, the basic plot of the story is that every fairy-tale character we know and love, like Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood, were sent to our world, because of a curse that destroyed their world and happy endings. For 28 years they remained in the little town that the curse created, frozen in time and without their memories of who they were before. They lived their lives in a sort of half state, with memories that weren’t really theirs, living routines and daily life as different people, until a young woman, called Emma Swan, arrived in town.


Her arrival heralded the breaking of the curse, and the restoration of their true memories. However, when Emma does arrive, it isn’t because she wants to break the curse, far from it actually. She was brought there by her long-lost son, who she gave up for adoption. Seeing his misery, she decides to stay, until she can find a way to help him either leave, or see he lives in a better situation in town. Either way, she decided to stay.

What’s So Good About The Show?

Well, I can tell you it’s cheesy, and full of motivational quotes that could make you sick, like “All you need is hope” and “true love’s kiss breaks any spell”, blah, blah blah. However, and this is important, these cheesy lines and sickly-sweet motivational quotes do not come without context. Now, interspersed with the modern-day town, the characters are stuck in, you see their back stories, like Snow White’s conflict with the Evil Queen, or Rumpelstiltskin’s rise to power, or Belle’s run in with the Beast. It’s when we see their stories, do we hear these quotes, but their echoes reach forward to the modern setting of the little town.


Now, the reason, I like it is because the lessons that these cheesy lines give, actually help us, as an audience. While the stories of princes and princesses are a far cry from our everyday lives, that doesn’t mean that what these characters go through isn’t what we go through nowadays. Some of us face the same problems these characters have to face, and it depends on how we react what the outcomes would be. For example, in one of the episodes, in the middle of the season, we see how the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror is made, and because of the actions that the characters make, the Mirror himself entraps himself.

Why Should You Watch It?

Like what some of the character’s in the show says, I can’t speak for you. It’s up to you to decide, but if you’re like me, and you are tired of the lack of magic in your life, or you miss that nostalgia that you feel when watching the Harry Potter films, or you’re really into fairy-tales and fantasy, then I highly recommend watching Once Upon A Time or as we in the fandom like to call it OUAT. I absolutely love it, even though it’s cheesy.


I would also say that sometimes the acting can get a little overdramatic, because every now and then, the characters speak in a very hushed way, like they’re trying not to shout or they just breathe their lines through their teeth, but it kind of adds that fairy-tale flair to the show. Not to mention, the Evil Queen’s personality, and the delivery of her lines really do give chills. If anything, the writers did cast the show perfectly, I mean, even Young Snow White and the adult Snow White, really look similar and act in a similar way.


Nevertheless, it is a drama, and it is about family, the consequences of our actions, and the ability to believe in yourself when things look bleak, so if the occasional crying scene is not your cup of tea, I wouldn’t recommend this to you, because there are some episodes that are emotional, and well, play on those who are empathetic or sensitive to the emotions of others. I mean if you’re a realist, or you’re just really pragmatic, this show will do nothing for you, so proceed with caution.

It’s Time To Start Watching

Well, that’s it for now, I won’t say too much more, since this, like all my previous posts are introductions, and I will delve deeper into the show’s story and the theories I come up with. So, for that I will say there will be spoilers, but for now, it’s your turn. Tell me what you think about the show. Have you watched it? What do you think about the characters? Let me know!

I’ll see you all soon, and don’t forget to like, subscribe, follow and share, for more updates, and new posts here on Feather’s Charm, and all my social media accounts.

With love,

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