I was going to write a couple of book reviews this month, but I’m behind on reading and don’t want to rush any books, so here’s a TV post instead: featuring Stranger Things and Fate: The Winx Saga!
Bloom, a fire faerie who grew up in the human world, is sent to a boarding school in the land of the faerie to learn to control her powers after they emerge.
Mostly off screen violence and blood, some mildly gory wounds and characters in pain.
Evil creatures, Burned Ones, have been sighted outside the barrier protecting Alfea (the school), and the characters must fight a threatening force they thought was extinguished years ago. The teachers dealt with the Burned Ones in the past, and some conflict occurs because they keep secrets.
Bloom is on a quest to find out more about herself and her powers in the strange new world she’s been thrust into. She shares a room at the school with 5 other faeries, each with a different power. Bloom is fire, Terra is earth, Musa can sense emotions, Aisha is water and Stella controls light.
I was surprised that I actually liked the female characters: Even though Bloom fit the moody chosen one archetype a bit too closely at times. I rarely connect with female characters, because many are too focused on being ‘strong’ and less on being realistic, so Winx gets bonus points there!
There’s also Sky, the love interest, who was strong and vulnerable, Riven, Sky’s best friend, who was mean but sometimes nice so I wasn’t sure what to make of him, Beatrix, and the three teachers who run the school: Terra’s dad, the Headmistress, and the fighting instructor.
Terra. She doesn’t take any shit from anyone. She’s also strong and sensitive 🙂
When Riven is an ass to Terra, she uses her magic to grow vines from the walls to pin him there until he apologises. Later the pair seem almost friendly, and it’s hinted they were friends in the past, so it looks like they have a complicated relationship and maybe respect each other?
The plot escalates because the teachers hide things from the students. I can see why Terra’s dad kept secrets, as it’s in character for him to be overprotective, but the headmistress had little reason to keep things from Bloom, and her doing so caused huge issues for everyone. A pet peeve of mine is when miscommunication or secrets are used as plot devices!
I’m not 100% invested in the fandom, but it’s still good, and I’ll definitely watch season 2!
Watch it if you like:
Magic and Faeries. (If you want to know more about faerie, check out Ronel, a friend and fellow writer who writes YA fantasy with faeries!). Also for fans of fantasy and realistic female characters.
How did I discover it?
Randomly scrolling Netflix looking for something to watch after I’d finished crying over the finale of Stranger Things Season 3.
In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, a young boy goes missing. This is only the start of strange events in the town, including monsters, a suspicious research lab, a girl with superpowers, conspiracies, and a weird other world called the Upside Down.
Science-Fiction, Thriller, Kind of Horror maybe, but not in the ‘everyone dies’ category.
Blood, dark scary scenes, flashing lights, characters being torn apart by monsters, (off screen as far as I remember), sex (but not explicitly shown), a gross dead deer. Murder of innocent kitty cats (off screen, but it nearly made me stop watching!).
When Will Byers vanishes, the search to find him leads his mother Joyce, brother Jonathan, Nancy, Sheriff Hopper, and Will’s ragtag Dungeons and Dragons group (Mike, Lucas and Dustin), on an adventure into Hawkins lab and the Upside Down, where they meet Eleven, (a girl with superpowers) and the monstrous Demogorgon.
Season 2 and 3 add more creatures from the other world, and more characters: Max, her brother Billy, and Robin. Steve and Erica (Lucas’s sister) also get bigger roles. The plot was well thought out, with few dull moments, although it was sometimes hard to keep up with all the characters!
It’s hard to pin down who the main character is, because there are so many. It wasn’t a problem, as they’re all well written with distinct personalities, but it’s the kind of show where you could be waiting a while before your favourite (cough Steve cough) crops up again!
Hopper is especially real and flawed, Joyce is so strong, Lucas’s relationship with his sister made me smile, Max is awesome, Dustin is a loveable dweeb, Jonathan is a loner who was far better off out of Nancy’s shadow, and Mike is irritating.
I also have a love-hate relationship with Eleven. At first I had sympathy for her, then she was bratty, then I liked her, then she was annoying, and by the end of season 3 I liked her again. So yeah, lots of characters, and I haven’t even gotten to my favourite yet!
Steve Harrington. Yeah, I know, he was a jerk at first, but season 2 Steve becomes a better person and season 3 Steve is awesome. Dustin came close to being my favourite, but I can’t forgive him for his unintentional involvement in feline homicide.
Favourite Scenes: Spoilers Ahoy!
Season 1: Steve running back into the Byer’s house to fight a Demogorgon with a baseball bat.
Season 2: Dustin talking to Steve about girls as they make a trail of meat for the Demodog to follow. Closely followed by Steve’s easy acceptance of Nancy and Jonathan.
Season 3: Every scene with Steve and Robin together, especially the scene in the bathroom where Steve confesses he likes her, and Robin comes out as a lesbian. Steve is super accepting, and I’m sure the two will become best friends.
Spoilers End! Yes, all these scenes involve Steve. *Shrugs*
The episode in season 2 where Eleven searches for her birth mother was boring. I think it would’ve been better to include other characters in this episode too, rather than focusing solely on her.
The end of season 3 made me cry, although that’s probably a positive as the finale was so good.
Anything that captures my attention enough to drag me into the fandom gets the top rating from me. Stranger Things certainly did that. I need season 4 yesterday!
Watch it if you like:
Stranger Things is unlike anything I’ve watched before, and that’s saying something given my Netflix addiction. If you like nerdy kids playing Dungeons and Dragons, the 80’s, creepy monsters and conspiracies, give it a watch!
How did I discover it?
Unlike the rest of the world, who loved Stranger Things when it was released, I avoided it because it was popular. (I do that a lot, don’t judge me!) I eventually watched the show after playing Dead by Daylight, a 4 vs 1 horror survival game with a Stranger Things expansion, where you can try to survive as Nancy or Steve, or tear other players to shreds as Demogorgon.
My only regret is I didn’t watch the show sooner 🙂
Other Random Watches:
Enola Holmes, because I couldn’t believe the actress who plays Enola also plays Eleven from Stranger Things, Otzdarva playing Dead by Daylight on Twitch, and the comments on The Flash Facebook page about how bad the show is now. (Not sure if it’s true, I stopped watching mid s4!).
Thanks for Reading!
Have you seen any of the above shows? Do you avoid popular shows, or is that just me? Do you still watch The Flash? What did you watch this month? Chat in the Comments!