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''The Land of Stories'' is described by Creator/ChrisColfer (yes, ''[[Series/{{Glee}} that]]'' Chris Colfer) as a "modern day fairytale," following twins Alex and Conner Bailey as they fall from the real world into a world full of fairytales they have only ever read about before. But after run-ins with trolls, goblins, wolves, and witches, getting home might be more difficult than they previously thought. The series currently has six entries: ''The Wishing Spell'', ''The Enchantress Returns'', ''A Grimm Warning'', ''Beyond the Kingdoms'', ''An Author's Odyssey'', and ''Worlds Collide''.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Princess Trollbella loves chasing Conner, although this trait is most prominent in the first two books.
* ActionGirl: Goldilocks and the Huntress, although the later is more of a DarkActionGirl.
* AdaptationDistillation: This makes it so that the Prince Charmings of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White are all brothers.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The Queen of Hearts is played a lot more seriously than in [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland her original story]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: Many fairy tales (if not all) are real tales from The Land of Stories.
* AlliterativeFamily: All four of the Charming brothers have names that begin with the letters "Ch," also making them all have an AlliterativeName.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe example. Connerís presentation on The Boy Who Cried Wolf has this, with Conner stating that the boy was just a little kid who didnít know any better and should have been supervised by his parents in the first place.
* AndIMustScream: What happens to [[spoiler: Mira, Evly,and Froggy, who are all in magic mirrors, and the 24 missing children, who are having their youth drained for Morina's potions.]]
* AnotherDimension: The Land of Stories take place in a world physically separate from the story's version of Earth.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Literature/TheLittleMermaid after her death, becoming the Sea Foam Spirit.
* BadassBookworm: Alex, Bree, and arguably Conner.
* BalefulPolymorph: Froggy is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. [[spoiler: He's actually the missing Charming prince, and is briefly returned to his human form, but later discovers he's actually better off as a frog, and decides to stay as one.]]
* BigBad:
** The Evil Queen for ''The Wishing Spell''.
** The Enchantress for ''The Enchantress Returns''.
** General Marquis for ''A Grimm Problem''.
** The Masked Man for ''Beyond the Kingdoms'' and ''An Author's Odyssey''.
* CerebusSyndrome: From Book 3 onward.
* CoolOldLady:
** The twins' grandmother is literally [[spoiler:the Fairy Godmother and head fairy in the fairy tale world]].
** Mother Goose is the Fairy Godmother's best friend and also is very close to Conner.
** Cornelia Grimm [[spoiler:Bree's distant cousin]] learned how to fly sometime in the sixties and is willing to help her fifteen-year-old cousin learn the same way she did [[spoiler:although, the same way her father taught her, she secretly had autopilot on the whole time]].
** Finally, Emgee appears to be just as much of a badass as her namesake and inspiration, Mother Goose.
* DeadpanSnarker: Conner, who snarks in almost every single scene he's in.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Merlin and Mother Goose, who fall in love and decide to stay together in ''Beyond the Kingdoms'']]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Masked Man's first "death" involves the flying monkeys dropping him into the woods, while his second, actual death involves him being dragged into a grave by zombies. It MakesSenseInContext.]]
%% * FreudianExcuse: The Evil Queen.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Alex and Conner jump into freezing cold water.
-->'''Conner''': We might be twin sisters now!
* GossipyHens: The four members of the Book Huggers - Cindy, Lindy, Mindy, and Wendy - are a cross between this and [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]], to the point where their parents take them to see a psychologist.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Alex and Conner are half fairy.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: The series starts to move into darker territory once General Marquis and the Masked Man show up. Morina and the Queen of Hearts are looking to take things further.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Not only does the Fairy Tale world incorporate all of the various fairy tales, but later books also incorporate works of classic literature such as ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland, and ''Literature/PeterPan''.
** The fifth book also incorporates several short stories written by Conner[[spoiler: and Bree.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: The end of ''An Author's Odyssey'' for a quote in ''The Wishing Spell''.
-->'''Alex/[[spoiler: Chief of Staff]]''': Our/My most educated analysis, with all means of science and technology in mind, is that it's magic.
* MeaningfulName: Mira, who was turned into [[spoiler: The Magic Mirror]], Evly, whose name [[spoiler: anagrams to Evyl, thus sounding like 'evil.']], and Alex ('Defender').
%% * PlotCoupons:
%% ** The items needed for the Wishing Spell.
%% ** As well as those for the Wand of Wonderment.
* RealityEnsues: After spending 100 years asleep, the Sleeping Kingdom is mostly dead and the inhabitants still prefer to sleep all day. Sleeping Beauty is still trying to make things right.
* SadistTeacher: Mrs. Peters, at least in the first book, and at least towards students other than Alex. She blatantly favors one student above all the others, although [[spoiler:when Alex leaves for the Land of Stories,]] she begins character development into a SternTeacher instead and comes to enjoy Conner's stories.
* SiblingYinYang: Where Alex is an overachieving "A" student and an optimist in love with fairy tales, Conner is extremely lazy in school and a sarcastic skeptic.
%% * TitleDrop: The book ''The Land of Stories'', and the world of the same name. Also happens twice in ''Beyond The Kingdoms''.
%% * TraumaCongaLine: "The Longer Walk Home", chapter 2 of ''The Wishing Spell'', takes this to TearJerker territory.
* WhatTheHellHero: Carter calls the Fairy Council out on how they were punishing a fairy who lost her temper and turned the wings of another fairy who was teasing her into prune leaves for a few seconds (and how they were ready to ''banish'' her), but they weren't doing anything about the Trolls and Goblins enslaving people. Though they don't show their shame, they all admit that he's right, and the fairy is pardoned.
* YearOutsideHourInside: Time on Earth passes faster than in the Land of Stories, allowing the twins to meet Cinderella, etc, despite their tales being centuries old. Though due to the twins' birth the worlds have begun moving at a similar speed.