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Literature: The Land of Stories

The Land of Stories is described by Chris Colfer (yes, 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 two entries: The Wishing Spell and The Enchantress Returns.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Princess Trollbella to Conner.
  • Action Girl: Goldilocks and the Huntress.
  • Adaptation Distillation: This makes it so that the Prince Charmings of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White are all brothers.
  • All Myths Are True: Many fairy tales (if not all) are real tales from The Land of Stories.
  • Another Dimension: The Land of Stories take place in a world physically separate from the story�s version of Earth.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The Little Mermaid after her death, becoming the Sea Foam Spirit.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Froggy is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. He's actually the missing Charming prince.
  • Big Bad: The Evil Queen for Book 1, the Enchantress for Book 2, General Marquis for Book 3.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Conner.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Evil Queen.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Alex and Conner jump into freezing cold water.
    Conner: We might be twin sisters now!
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Alex and Conner are half fairy.
  • Meaningful Name: Mira, who was turned into The Magic Mirror.
  • Plot Coupons: The items needed for the Wishing Spell.
    • As well as those for the Wand of Wonderment.
  • Reality Ensues: After spending 100 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.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mrs. Peters.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Where Alex is an overachieving "A" student and an optimist in love with fairytales, Conner is extremely lazy in school and a sarcastic skeptic.
  • Title Drop: The book The Land of Stories, and the world of the same name.
  • Trauma C Onga Line: "The Longer Walk Home", chapter 2 of The Wishing Spell, takes this to Tear Jerker territory.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: 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

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