Once Upon A Fan

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Your complete guide to the myths and legends that combine to make Once Upon A Time

 Explore the Arthurian legend surrounding Lancelot, take a trip into the woods to discover the mythology behind Red Riding Hood or learn more about a modern day hero called Snow White. Origins provides unique insights and perspectives from talented writers into the characters we know and love, going far beyond the boundaries of Storybrooke.


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Amy Hood

The Hand Of Fate: Could Rumple Have Escaped His Destiny

What role does fate and free will play in the life of Rumplestiltskin?  Could he have escaped his fate?

Who's Who In Wonderland

A guide through the major players of the Wonderland novels and how they may impact the new spin-off series

Poseidon - God of the Sea

 Taking a look at the mythology behind this God of the Sea.

Zachery Van Norman

The Power Of Red

An exploration of the symbolism of color on Once Upon A Time.

The Power Of Red II: Snow White

A continuation of the exploration of colour in the series, focusing on Snow White

Teresa Martin

The Blue Fairy & Celtic Myth

You may think fairies are all sweetness, light and good but think again.

The Marriage Of The Fairest Of Them All & Her Charming

The courtship and marriage of Snow and her Charming throughout season one.

A Tale Of Two Reginas

How does Regina Mills stack up against the Grimm Brother's 'evil queen' ?

Spinning Gold

We know that Rumplestiltskin spins straw into gold and was a spinner in his early life. But what IS spinning exactly and what has it symbolized over time?

Beauty & The Beast

Tale as old as time; from it's French beginnings to it's Disney spin, take a look at the history behind our Belle.

Storytime: Sleeping Beauty

From the Grimm Brothers to Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, explore the origins and history of Sleeping Beauty.

The Origins Of Music

Music plays a huge part in Once Upon a Time and most any show or movie. Explore the roots of this art in our lives and cultures.

What In The Name Of Rumplestiltskin's Leather Pants Is A Wraith?

No, it's not a Dementor and Teresa Martin tells us why.

The Origins Of Fairy Tales

Viewed nowadays as stories for children, fairy tales were not always for the young and young at heart.

The Origins Of Zombies

Zombies in the Enchanted Forest?  How do they fit into the lore of this pop culture monster?

The Family of The Fairest

The Charming family and the power of the number three.

We Are Both: Governing In Once Upon A Time

The governing structures of our world and Fairy Tale Land collide in Storybrooke and Teresa Martin breaks it down for us.

Mix & Match

Delving back into Grimm's version of 'Snow White', Teresa uncovers an interesting twist to the 'evil step-mother' trope.

The Three Queens

Exploing Eva, Snow, and Emma’s parallels with Traditional Christian Narrative

The Brothers Grimm

The Life & Works Of The Iconic Storytellers

The Miller's Daughter

A complete look at the classic tale. How does OUAT's version compare?

For Those In Peril On The Sea

Ships as an Essential Narrative Tool in Once Upon A Time

The Pan Flute

Teresa Martin traces the history of the Pan Flute and finds that Once Upon A Time's version of Peter Pan has closer ties to greek mythology than Disney.

There's Something About Marian

Exploring the character of Maid Marian, looking back at her unique and iconic history in Books, TV & Film, along with‪ Once Upon A Time‬'s interpretation of her.

Hans Christian Andersen: Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Child

Frozen is coming to Once Upon A Time. However the origins of the smash hit movie began in 1844! Find out more about the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Snow Queen: The Cold Bothers Her!

A Big Chill is coming to Once Upon A Time. Teresa Martin examines the history of this iconic literary character.

Lessons Learned: Nursery Rhymes & Once Upon A Time

The introduction of Bo Peep saw ‪Once Upon A Time‬ tackle a whole new realm. Teresa Martin takes a look at the history of the nursery rhyme.

There Has Been A Change

The winter finale of ‎Once Upon A Time brought one of the most cherished relationships on the show crashing down. In her latest Origins article, Teresa Martin takes a look at the Rumbelle relationship and the long road back to Happily Ever After

Diane J Reed


The Origins of Red Riding Hood

An in-depth look at Red Riding Hood and her historical beginnings.

How Rumplestiltskin Went From Sly Imp To The Sexiest Man On TV

Is power really the ultimate aphrodisiac?

A Return To The Romance Of Captain Hook

Dashing swashbuckler or big hatted buffoon? Follow Captain Hook's trail from 1911 through present day.

Sex & New Adult Romance In Fairy Tales

Diane explores the rising popularity of new adult romance and fairy tales.

Kristy Mikos

A Deeper Look At Rumple

The many faces of Rumplestiltskin in the early part of season one.

Chris Fitzner

Snow White: The Hero

Move over Prince Charming, this modern princess can do all the saving for herself.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold (The Origins Of Midas)

Greek myth is still ingrained in our present day culture so it's no surprise that the creators of Once Upon a Time would turn their Golden Touch to one of it's most recognizable characters.

Chris Fitzner explores why magic mirrors have been a common theme in folklore. Step inside and discover new realms. 

Exploring the origins of mainstream shipping and a look at some of the main ships on Once Upon A Time

Fathoms Below

With Ariel making her debut in season three of Once Upon a Time, a look at the origins of the mermaid.

Seeking Rapunzel

Looking back at the history of this iconic fairy tale character.

Lori J. Fitzgerald

The Origins Of Sir Lancelot

With roots firmly in medieval England and the Le Mort Darthur, Lori explores the landscape of the medieval mind and it's translation to Once Upon a Time.

The Origins Of Frankenstein

Move over Shelley and Gene Wilder, there's a new doctor in the house.  Lori Fitzgerald gives us a tour through the connections of the Gothic horror novel and it's portrayal in Once Upon A Time

Journeying "Into The Deep"

Lori turns her discerning literary mind to the phrase "Into the Deep", taking us through its use and symbolism in literature.

Sherwood Forest & The Dark Castle

Lori explores Robin Hood's role in Once Upon A TIme

The Sword In The Stone

Lori looks at the roles of belief and identity in Once Upon A Time, exploring the origins of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.

J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Once Upon a Time:

Heart of Darkness

Lori Fitzgerald takes a trip to Neverland to explore J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and ‪Once Upon A Time‬ take on it. 

Jennifer Brouillard

For Whom The Rumbelle Tolls

A touching story about how their mutual love for Robert Carlyle brought Jennifer and her grandmother together again.

Family & Faith: The Heart of Lost & Once Upon A Time 

It all comes down to family and faith. Jennifer Brouillard takes a look at some of the intriguing parallels between 'Once Upon A Time' and 'Lost'. 

Cristi Nino

The Magic Of Cosplay

What is cosplay and how has it translated into the 'Once Upon a Time' fandom? Read one cosplayer's story about bringing her hobby and love for the show together.


Under The Sea: Ariel Versus The Little Mermaid

Comparing the Disney version of The Little Mermaid with Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale.

Mauri Lazaro

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

The Wicked Witch of The West is coming to Once Upon A Time. Mauri Lazaro takes a look at the origins and history of this iconic character.

A Pirate's Life For Me - Origins of Blackbeard

Mauri Lazaro looks at the history of this frightening real life character.

Teresa Martin & Lori Fitzgerald

Rumplestiltskin's Transformation in Once Upon a Time: Literary Anti-Hero to Hero Archetype

What has happened to Rumple? Will he be resurrected? What parallels can be found in other literature? In their latest Origins essay, Once Upon A Fan writers Lori Fitzgerald and Teresa Martin explore Rumple's journey from Anti-Hero to Hero.

Teresa Martin & Maura Lazaro

Magnificent Maleficent

A look at Maleficent's place in popular culture and her role in ‪Once Upon A Time‬