Why Twisted Fairy Tales Are The Kind We Deserve

Fairy tales are more popular ever, inspiring hit movies, huge TV shows, and a flood of books. But aren't fairy tales also kind of… regressive? They always feature princesses in trouble, and the dashing princess who rescue them, right? Wrong. Poison author Sarah Pinborough argues that fairy tales should be subversive. » 9/26/14 3:30pm 9/26/14 3:30pm

Once Upon A Time Brings Back A Ghost Because It Has 22 Episodes To Fill

There were two big reveals on Once Upon a Time — one was pretty great, and the other was kind of OK. It's not that I mind seeing Cora and her lips once again, but I would rather continue to watch the Wicked Witch Rebecca Mader's chew up an entire studio lot's worth of scenery. Spoilers ahead... » 4/21/14 7:00pm 4/21/14 7:00pm

Once Upon A Time Lets Hook Be The Hero. He Fails.

Last night, Once Upon a Time revealed what Hook was up to during the "lost year." Turns out, it was absolutely nothing at all. But Once Upon A Time feeds on nothing, this show devours it. This is a show that runs simply on the fact that we all really like Disney cosplay. A lot. Which is why they brought the Little… » 4/15/14 12:12am 4/15/14 12:12am

Which Fantasy Was Too Heavily Sanitized For Mainstream Audiences?

Mention "Disneyfication" and everybody knows what you're talking about. But the phenomenon of sanding all the rough edges off fantasy stories goes way further than cartoons, into every area of pop culture. What's the most horrible case where a fantasy lost all its darkness or complexity, to make it more popular? » 4/08/14 2:17pm 4/08/14 2:17pm