The Rainbow Magic series is a Children's Literature series written by several authors under the psuedonym Daisy Meadows and illustrated by Georgie Ripper.Each series of books, while different in theme, generally follows the same basic plot. Jack Frost and his goblins are causing trouble in Fairyland and have stolen or misplaced seven precious artifacts that help fairies do their jobs. These objects have been scattered across the human world, and are guarded by goblins.Best friends Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker have to get the items back, helping each fairy one by one. Special series books mix it up slightly by having one fairy but three magic objects.Its website can be found here for the UK version and here for the US version, and a listing of most series so far can be found here.
This series contains examples of:
Action Prologue: The movie opens with Rachel and Kirsty saving Heather the Violet Fairy, then defending the rest of the Rainbow Fairies from Jack Frost.
Darker and Edgier: The movie, which calls Kirsty and Rachel's friendship into question, has a gang of bullies pick on the girls, and has Jack Frost aiming to conquer the world. It also has Jack Frost acting much nastier than in the books, to the point of firing his loyal goblins and considering his army of snowmen to be weak and easily replaced.
Lucy the Diamond Fairy's book was a bit darker than others, as it dealt with the fairies' flying magic fading, causing them to lose their wings. It also had Jack Frost trying to impale the girls with icicles at one point.
Juliet the Valentine Fairy's book is more serious than others, as Rachel and Kirsty are compelled to argue for almost all of it, and it shows the consequences when items that make everyone loving are stolen.
Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy's book has the girls experiencing a heat wave thanks to Jack Frost. All of the animals and plants are thirsty, leaves and food won't grow, and the finale of the book has the Ice Castle in danger of completely melting and flooding all of Fairyland.
Disproportionate Retribution: The very first series of books has Jack Frost capturing the fairies because he wasn't invited to a party—even after he was told he could stay and have fun once he showed up to crash it.
This seems to be Jack Frost's modus operandi.
Divergent Character Evolution: The movie attempts to do this with Rachel and Kirsty, and to a lesser extent the Rainbow Fairies. Rachel is quieter and more serious, while Kirsty is outgoing and positive.
Dynamic Entry: Jack Frost does this in the movie...which the goblins promptly ruin.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first series of books took a while to establish Kirsty and Rachel before sending them to Fairyland, the goblins were built up as major threats, they had to find the fairies themselves rather than magical items, and Jack Frost was captured at the end and nearly melted until the fairies relented.
It was also very clearly meant to be a standalone series. The Weather Fairies series was only made due to its popularity.
Make Me Wanna Shout: Jack Frost does this by accident with the magical megaphone in Keira the Film/Movie Star Fairy's book. The day is saved with earplugs for everyone, including the goblins.
Man Child: Jack Frost sleeps with a teddy bear, is scared of the dark, and on the whole is very petty and childish.
Masquerade: Rachel and Kirsty keep their experiences secret to prevent everyone from finding out about the fairies. They break this rule once with Rebecca Wilson, though she saw what was going on and keeps the secret as well.
Meaningful Name: Many of the fairies have these, such as Ruby the Red Fairy or Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy.
The Mentor: Queen Titania, and sometimes the Fairy Godmother.
Monster Modesty: The goblins wear loincloths when not disguised, and full human outfits when in disguise. In the movie, they wear shirts and pants regularly.
Mundane Made Awesome: The movie has dramatic music set to a montage of the goblins putting together snowmen.
The Muse: The Magical Craft Fairies make and inspire art.
My God, What Have I Done?: In Jennifer the Hairstylist Fairy's book, Rachel and Kirsty accidentally wreck a goblin's wig while trying to help Jennifer. Upon seeing his saddened reaction, they feel incredibly guilty and agree to restore it if he gives back the magic hairbrush.
Nightmare Dreams: Sometimes Jack Frost's mischief causes Rachel and Kirsty to have these.
Nightmare Fuel: Jack Frost is this in-universe; when Rachel and Kirsty are telling scary stories, the scariest thing they can think of is Jack Frost.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the "Pop Star" Fairies, there are fairies named Adele (Adele), Jessie (Jessie J), Miley (Miley Cyrus), and Vanessa, Frankie, Rochelle and Una are all from The Saturdays (Vanessa White, Frankie Sandford, Rochelle Wiseman, Una Healy}
In Brooke the Photographer Fairy's book, there is a dress designer called Ella McCauley, a reference to Stella McCartney.note Daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, fashion designer.
The Music Fairies series has "Heddie van Whalen."
No Export for You: A few fairies, such as Lindsay the Luck Fairy, Addison the April-Fools Fairy and Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy haven't come out in the UK.
Return To Rainspell Island has yet to come out outside the UK.
A few series haven't made it to the US, such as the Green Fairies, who are responsible for ecology, and the Talent Show Fairies.
Orcus on His Throne: Most of the time, Jack Frost is content to dispatch his goblins to retrieve or protect the artifacts. It's only when they fail at the tasks repeatedly that he goes to do something himself.
This is played for drama in the movie, where the fact that he does this while the snowman army does all the work makes them turn on him.
Packed Hero: In Pearl the Cloud Fairy's book, a goblin falls into a candy wrapping machine and gets wrapped with a sheet of silver paper and a silver ribbon.
Villain Ball: Jack Frost holds this in the first book of the Sweet/Sugar & Spice Fairies series. He has all of their charms around his neck, powering his candy castle... so he separates them on Earth for his goblins to guard. There is literally no reason for him to do this other than to separate the series into 7 books.