Fandom Friday-Once Upon a Time

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, case with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, generic or a guest blogger, drugs talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

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This week’s guest blogger is Cher, and she’ll tell you more about herself later. Now, let’s take the time to dive into one of her favorite shows (and definitely one of mine):

Once Upon a Time

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Tagline: 

There are two sides to every story.

Premiere Date: 

October 23, 2011

Network: 

ABC

Genre: 

Fantasy

And they lived happily ever after…or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28 year old bondsperson who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry-the son she gave up years ago-finds her, everything changes. Henry is now ten years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world, and she’s Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairy tales, they sent her away to protect her from the evil queen’s curse, which trapped the characters of fairy tale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.

Of course, Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for him, she decides to stay for awhile, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. Its a place where magic has been forgotten-but is still powerfully close-where fairy tale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were, and where the Evil Queen, known as Regina, is now Henry’s foster mother. 

In order to understand where the fairy tale world’s former inhabitants came from, and what ultimately led to the Evil Queen’s wrath, you’ll need a glimpse into their previous lives to learn their origins. But it might just turn everything you’ve ever believed about these characters upside-down. 

Meanwhile, the epic battle for the future of all worlds is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell. 

Good day, dearies! My name is Cher, but my pen name is belovedbeauty (and you can find me at Tumblr here), and I’ve been writing and creating graphics since I was about thirteen. I’ve always been a Disney girl, even at twenty years old, Disney fairytales will always be my favorite thing-and the one thing I turn to when my day hasn’t been the greatest. Knowingly, most Disney stories are based off of the Grimm tellings, and re-worked to have happy endings. When I first saw the commercial for Once Upon a Time, I was utterly hooked. Not just because of the fairy tale plot, but because the creators (Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis) were writers for Lost (and let me tell you, Lost was probably one of the most mind-blowing addictive shows there ever was).

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Going into the show, and watching the first episode, I immediately became more obsessed than I had imagined. The protagonist of the story, Emma Swan, was easily relatable, her son Henry was the icing on the cake, and the inhabitants of Storybrooke were a shroud of mystery. It didn’t take me long before I was counting down the days until a new episode aired, reading fan’s theories and thoughts, and joining in on avid discussion.

The great thing about Once Upon a Time is that it doesn’t follow Disney’s or The Grimms Brother’s stories. It creates a path all on it’s own, which leaves the fan in a constant state of curiosity as to what they’re going to change next. Each character is lovable in their own way (Even the Evil Queen Regina, and our dear Rumpelstiltskin). As the first season came to a close, and everything that had happened finally settled in my brain, I was irrevocably addicted.

The fans of ONce Upon a Time go by Oncers, and though we have a ship that we’re on board with (Snowing, Rumbelle, Swan Queen, etc), we come together together in our absolute adoration for the show. Each time something insane happens, we easily fall together to grieve, plot, theorize, and explain.

We’re a dysfunctional family of fans, but I think that makes the dynamic so much more interesting. You can sit there thinking you’ve gotten everything right as fan, chosen the rightful ship, figured out the next plot device, and then you read another fan’s thoughts, be they against your own or not, and you began to question your own reasoning.

 Once Upon a Time is in it’s third season now, with more questions than ever before. The writers have introduced a new land, new characters and villains, and continue to delve into the lives of the fairy tale folk in flashbacks.

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You never really know how one character’s full life has been. Each flashback creates a new layer, and even as you watch that character in the present, you’re still wondering, “What has happened to you?” 

One line that has stuck with me is this: “Evil isn’t born, dearie, it’s made.”

But the one thing that is always streaming through each story, that the writers always make sure you remember, is that there’s always hope. There’s always a chance for you to find your happy ending, or your true love. No one is clearly good, or bad. Each character has made choices that took them down another road, and forces them to try and make it right. Emma Swan isn’t a perfect guy, and Rumpelstiltskin hasn’t always stayed on the path of evil. Just those little things make a viewer see that, “Hey, I may make a mistake but that doesn’t have to define me. I can change the path I’m on.”

As Emma Swan said in Season one, Episode Four: “People are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, “no, this is who I am.” You want people to look at you differently? Make them! You want to change things, you’re gonna have to go out there and change them yourself, because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.” 

This show isn’t just about fairy tale characters in the modern world, but about choices made and how they face them. It’s about correcting wrongs, and working with the skills you have. Each character relies on one thing or two to make it through each challenge they face. And you, as the viewer, are along on each journey with them.

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And hey, it helps that the entire cast is extremely attractive. Each character has a memorable line. They’re all very realistic, with sassy one-liners, to perfect eyebrow raises and dubious looks. Once Upon a Time is a well-rounded, beautifully written show, that hooks you from one episode to the next. And each actor brings their character to life perfectly.

I can’t tell you exactly why I love this show. Whether it’s the characters, the storyline, the lands, or the undercurrent of constant hope, I can tell you that as long as it’s on air for my viewing pleasure, I’ll be sitting on my couch watching ever single minute of it (a couple of times over during those long hiatuses).

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Fandom Friday! Once Upon a Time is one of my absolute favorite shows!

I hope you are all able to give the show a chance. The first two seasons are on Netflix, so definitely check it out!

They could totally bring back Sheriff Graham though, I would NOT say no to that haha!

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Happy Friday!

The Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Disney Movies

So, information pills for those of you who are new to my blog, price and there do seem to be a quite big number of you. this is the Tuesday Top Ten. For those of you who have already followed me for a bit, this web go doodle a little while I quickly explain what it is to all my lovely new followers.

Basically…I love making lists, naming my top books or my top female characters, my top male crushes, my top weapons, my top fictional places that I would like to live in, things like that. So I came up with a weekly blog post on Tuesdays, called the Top Ten, where I count down the Top Ten.

You can see past top tens HERE.

I recently did a Top Ten where I counted my top ten Pixar movies, which of course, always causes discord amongst my followers (DAD!) haha. So I decided a good one to do would be Disney movies. This one was REALLY hard, like…really, really hard. Disney has been making movies since the 1930s. It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to ten. Mostly I thought about my childhood and what stands out the most to me. I was a child during the 1990s, and this was a fantastic time for Disney movies.

So here it is, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite Disney Movies.

10. The Lion King

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I remember when I found out later in life that this movie was based off of the famous Shakespeare play “Hamlet”, I was absolutely shocked. Who would have thought? Then you watch this movie as an adult, and you can see that, you can see the absolute maturity of this movie and its something that I totally appreciate as an adult, the themes of the movie. As a kid, and a kid’s movie, its just fantastic. Its hilarious, the songs are super addicting and its just a beautiful movie. I think the biggest reason that it appealed to me as a kid is all the animals. Let’s be real, kids LOVE animals and this movie is chock full of them.

9. Lilo and Stitch

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I saw this movie when it first came out when I was 13 years old, a little “old” for a kids movie, though you’re never too old for Disney, now are you? I think the thing that really appealed to me about this movie was that it was finally a CHUBBY Disney character. I love Disney princesses, I’m a girl and I adore the princesses but Lilo was awesome. She’s this short little kid with chubbiness going on and her sister has these big ol’ thighs and they just feel so real, which seems kind of ironic since Stitch is an alien but its true. And even though its an alien, and all that, its still such a relatable story about family and how family can come from places you never really expect. It really shows you that, sometimes, your family doesn’t always need to be those who are blood related but can come from those people who are so special, so supportive, and so loving. I love this movie. And come on, who doesn’t feed Pudge the fish on sandwich day because he controls the weather?

8. Peter Pan

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A place where there are pirates and Native Americans (I know, the movie calls them Indians, I can’t help but be politically correct haha), mermaids and adventure and never having to grow up? Sign me up! Especially on those days when your gas tank is on empty, your bills are due, there are two papers and three midterms coming up and nothing seems to be going your way and you wish so badly that you could go back to that completely uncomplicated time of being a child. That’s where Peter Pan steps in. Its a wonderful movie to remember that growing up, its not so bad…but that we can always be a child. I’ve grown up, and still will continue to grow up, in all the right ways but I always will have that child in me, because if I don’t…well then whats the point of life? Where does the fun come in? I enjoy watching Peter Pan because it reminds us that we should always remember to dream and we should always remember to be a little kid.

7. Mary Poppins

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I ADORE MARY POPPINS and its the only non-animated movie on the list because I absolutely positively adore this movie. I think this movie is the movie that kind of ushered in my love of musicals. Its all about imagination and having fun, but learning lessons along the way as well, like cleaning your room and feeling connection with others, and things like that. I love the children’s mother and her fight for women’s rights too. Its barely noted except for the one song but I just adore it, especially since the father is so weirded out by it but she just keeps fighting. I love the children and I just love Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews is just so beautiful and fantastic and talented in this movie, and if I ever wanted a nanny, you bet I’d want one like that, who teaches you to clean your room in the best way possible, and takes you into the land of chalk drawings, where you race horses from a merry go round. I only wish that I could have the chance to see this performed on stage.

6. Aladdin

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You know, I’ve always loved this movie but I don’t think I ever would have included it in my top ten if not for my boyfriend. My boyfriend will watch this movie over and over and over and over again and because of the million and one times that I have sat and watched this movie with him, it really has become one of my favorites. Its such an old school kind of fairy tale. You have the love story, the evil character waiting to usurp the throne, the faithful sidekicks in Abu and the Magic Carpet and the kind of wise old mentor, which in this case is also the hilarious Genie played by Robin Williams. Its funny, its action, its romantic, and its just a straight up good movie. Once we get past the fact that Princess Jasmine is 15 years old and needs to get married…its a great movie.

5.  Cinderella

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Everything about this movie screams unrealistic cheesy romantic fairy tale but I think that this is exactly why I like it so much. Its very magical, if completely bonkers. Cinderella gets a fairy godmother to make her a beautiful dress, and helps her get to the ball where the handsome prince falls madly in love with her and rescues her from the clutches of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Isn’t that what all girls want…a prince charming to come riding in, to sweep them off their feet and rescue them from the boring monotony that is their life and give them a life of excitement and love? There’s a reason that Cinderella remains one of the most popular princesses, because she has the most magical and most romantic of all the fairy tales and I love me some good romance stories and this is why it is so high up. Even though love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and choruses singing, its nice to remember, even when times get hard, that love is beautiful and we could always do with a little romance.

4. A Goofy Movie

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This is absolutely one of my favorite MOVIES period of all time. I grew up watching this movie over and over and over and over again. One, I love that Goofy gets his own movie, he is one of my favorite Disney characters because, well, he’s goofy! He’s silly and klutzy and fun but we get to see more of Goofy in this movie. He’s a dad in this one, and he’s determined to be the best dad that he can be, determined to help his son turn out to be a good kid. Its a pretty heart warming film, when you think about it, and it results in a bond between Goofy and his son Max. Its also really fun though, and the amount of times that I’ve laughed watching this movie, though I’ve watched it a million times, is just too many to count. And the music? I can still sing, WORD FOR WORD, every song on this soundtrack. Actually, I’m pretty sure I have this soundtrack on my itunes…

3. Tangled

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I actually saw this movie a good year or two after it had come out in theaters. I had seen it, but hadn’t really had any desire to watch it. My old boss at Panera, however, kept saying how good it was and her daughter was super obsessed with (and okay, her daughter was a year old but whatever) and it just piqued my interest. I saw that it was on Netflix and figured, “meh, why not?” I am SO glad that I did. I have watched it about a hundred million times since then and I seriously just love this movie. It has Mandy Moore (love!) as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (LOVE!) as Flynn Rider and its just a fun princess adventure. Sure, we’re back to the super gorgeous and skinny princesses but Rapunzel has spunk and cleverness and bravery, and she doesn’t wait for Flinn to save her, but she does the work herself and they work together. This is SO much different than what we’ve seen before. And the amazing Alan Menkin, who has done music for so many of the brilliant Disney movies, does the music in this one. Another soundtrack on my itunes…

2. Beauty and the Beast

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Can I be honest for a moment? The biggest reason that I love this movie so much and that Belle is my favorite Disney princess is because she is a READER. I remember as a little kid wanting to be able to walk and read the way she does…and by the way? I totally can. But I loved how she read and I loved the way she talked about reading and books. Its exactly how I feel, the way you can escape into books, the way they teach you and the way they make you want to be so much more than what you are. Belle is a big dreamer and she gets so much of that from her love of books. And Beast…possibly the BEST Disney prince ever (though, I must admit, Prince Philip is the hottest…and he barely talks, which some girls might consider a win haha), gives Belle something so personal and thoughtful. The other princesses get woken up from slumber and married, like Snow White and Aurora, or win the prince without ever speaking a word, like Ariel but Beast recognizes the beauty AND intelligence of Belle and gives her a LIBRARY. A LIBRARY! What an amazing gift! Hey, boyfriend, why don’t you get me a library????? Just kidding…or am I? Anyway, I love this movie because Belle is the princess that I relate to the most and I always do and always will.

1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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I love Winnie the Pooh. I loved him as a child, and I adore him as an adult and he is my absolute favorite Disney character. I have a huge stuffed Pooh on my bed that I sleep with, and a hand drawn Pooh Bear on my wall from Disneyland. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Winnie the Pooh ride. One of my absolute favorite children’s books is the book of Winnie the Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner and all of those. Winnie the Pooh consists of silly and fun stories, adventures of stuffed animals but there is so much more to it as well. There’s little lessons here and there on friendship and love and its all so very sweet. And Pooh is just so lovable. He’s one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day  and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too have never gotten old to me, and they were made quite a long time ago, long before I was born. They hold so strong and true with children and that’s why this is my absolute favorite Disney movie of all time.

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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s top Ten!

What are some of YOUR favorite Disney movies? I’d like to hear! As always, share below in the comments!

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