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Disney Fairies is a book series written by Gail Carson Levine (of Ella Enchanted fame) and published by Disney. They're based on Peter Pan.


  • Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005)
  • Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (2007)
  • Fairies and the Quest for Never Land (2010)

The series launched in 2005 and has since become a multimedia franchise, It has a series of animated films loosely based on them; the film Adapted Out most of the cast and replaced them with new fairies.

The series also has Comic Book Adaptations.


Tropes in this series include:

  • Accidental Art: Used in "Pixie Hollow Paint Day".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most of the chapter books are based around one fairy or another. Many are focused on in the first novel (Vidia, Rani, Prilla and Tink all get some), but others were invented later, such as Rosetta and Iridessa.
  • The Ageless: Fairies don't age, and Prilla is born looking like an adult. They can, however, die, and do so with surprising frequency.
  • An Aesop : Most of the books have morals at the end, some more Anvilicious than others.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Kyto gloats about how he's going to eat Mother Dove alive as he fights the fairies.
  • The Artifact: Tinker Bell's outfit. Its simplicity looks really out-of-place compared to the far more elaborate and detailed wardrobes of the other fairies.
  • Artifact of Doom: The wand in Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. If you thought the One Ring was bad...
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  • Apocalypse How: A Regional-level one happened on Never Land in the form of a volcanic eruption some time before the books began. Some materials set the Tinker Bell movies before the eruption and the books afterwards, but this explanation stopped appearing as more movie-exclusive characters showed up in the movies, most likely to avoid the unfortunate implication that they died in the eruption.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Rani is transformed into a bat by mermaid song in the second book, with her consciousness trapped inside. By the end, the bat agrees to trade places with her, becoming a kind of Greek Chorus in her mind.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: One of the Aesops in Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. The characters long for the opportunity to use the wand for themselves, but nearly all of their wishes turn out horribly; Vidia finds out that effortless speed makes flying boring, Ree's wish to shrink the hawks is horribly unethical to everyone but her, Terrence's desire to make Tink love him robs her of her autonomy, and Rani's wish to make a mermaid be her friend winds up being virtually meaningless. Even the mermaids, the people the wand was supposed to be for, would up making each other deaf, mute, and illiterate with their wishes.
  • Bizarre Seasons: Never Land has these, being a Genius Loci that can effectively control itself. That's why the storm in the first book is such a problem; a hurricane of that size hasn't happened for as long as any of the characters can remember, so none of them have any idea what to do.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Rani really is put through the wringer in the novels. She has Prilla cut off her wings to be able to swim and ask the mermaids for assistance. As the only wingless fairy, she needs to ride a bird to fly, but not even the other water fairies can explore underwater like Rani can.
  • Big Storm Episode: The first book centers on a hurricane.
  • Broken Aesop: Tinker Bell in a Fairy Fix tried to teach An Aesop about not thinking you can fix everyone's problems and not forcing everyone to conform to your definition of perfection, and that flaws make your friends more interesting, but it ended up coming off as suggesting you should never try to fix peoples' problems, even if they ask you to, because flaws are always a part of who you are and should never be done away with, even if they cause problems for others. Also, it seemed to teach that you should only stick to what you're good at and not look for new ways to help others, as Tinker Bell branching out from pots, pans and other simple fix-its is what causes all the problems. Possibly this was intentional and it actually is a Hard Truth Aesop.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Prilla is in charge of this (somehow.) She's kind of an advocate, playing with kids to boost their belief and specifically asking them to clap for the fairies during emergencies.
  • Completely Different Title: The Japanese titles on occasion.
  • Cool Crown: Ree has one (or maybe several; she's lost it multiple times.)
  • Creepy Child: Sarah Quirtle, the girl whose laugh Prilla was born from. Something went wrong when Prilla was created, leaving Prilla with an extra piece of humanity that fairies don't normally have, and Sarah without that piece of herself. She winds up growing into a dead-eyed, creepy little girl who doesn't play like a child her age unless Prilla is around. A wish on the wand later fixes this, though.
  • Darker and Edgier: Gail Carson Levine's books, compared to the 1953 movie.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pretty much the entire book cast was demoted once the movie was released, replaced with characters who were, up until then, Recurring Extras. The most obvious examples were Prilla (the focus character of the first novel, and a major character thereafter) and Rani (a water-talent who lost her wings). Fira was also the primary light-talent fairy in the books. All three were absent from the movies.
  • Disability Superpower: Rani cannot fly due to having no wings, but this grants her the ability to actually swim — other fairies sink like stones thanks to their wings.
  • Disney Death: Averted. Several fairies die throughout Gail Carson Levine's books (of disbelief), and they stay dead.
  • Dragon Hoard: Kyto is obsessed with his. Over the course of the series, he adds Rani's wings, Ree's shield, and the fairy crown to it.
  • The Dragon Slayer: A slightly more benign version. Gwendolyn is called a "dragon scaring talent" after the fairies fight Kyto. Seeing as Gwendolyn is a human child, she couldn't exactly slay a dragon, but she was able to scare him in a way the tiny fairies couldn't.
  • Dream Sue: All of the characters do this to an extent when they have wand madness, but Clarion gets it especially bad. By the end of her fantasy, she's imaging herself as a great and all-powerful, yet universally adored, empress/dictator.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Queen Clarion goes by "Queen Ree" at first, and this is eventually dropped.
    • Moth is suddenly changed to "Fira" in later books, with the explanation that "Moth" was her nickname.
    • The first book features none of Tinker Bell's friends from the first Tinker Bell movie, all of whom become recurring characters in later books.
    • The first book is also full of extremely dramatic life-or-death struggles, with a few fairies dying, while the chapter books are much less dramatic and more "Young Girls Light Reading", with themes about friendship, working too hard, and belonging.
  • Evil Gloating: Kyto does this at the end of Fairies and the Quest for Never Land. Ree offers him her crown and her shield as a peace offering, and he takes them both in a false show of gratitude, then brags about the fact that he has them as he continues to burn fairies to death.
  • Garden Garment: All of the characters dress like this. When their clothes aren't made of flowers, they're made of other natural materials, like wood, fur, and wasp skin.
  • Gaslighting: Vidia does a pretty nasty version of this to Silvermist in Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse. While she doesn't spread the rumors about the "curse", she's there to insincerely offer Silvermist her "support", speak about the severity of the curse, smirk when things go wrong, never help when they do, and just kind of hovers around to make sure Sil knows what's going on.
  • Genius Loci: Never Land can sense what's going on, and often intervenes in the plot to work for or against the protagonists. It's generally helpful, but if the characters are trying to do something it doesn't like, it will pull back and make it more difficult for them to travel.
  • Genki Girl: Prilla.
  • Hazardous Water: Water is always dangerous to fairies—their wings work like sponges, and will invariably pull them under and drown them once they absorb enough water. It's mentioned that fairies have drowned in puddles like this. The only one who can swim is Rani, who had her wings cut off (see Disability Superpower.)
  • Hostile Weather: In the first book, a hurricane breaks Mother Dove's egg, which is responsible for Never Land's magic. The same storm puts multiple fairies in danger and is implied to have killed some wildlife and at least one mermaid.
  • Hufflepuff House: Most talents. Only a few are ever put in the spotlight, and they tend to err on the cooler side. Background talent groups, like the fairies who maintain the home tree and clean up after the others, are rarely main characters, and aren't often involved in the plot.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In "Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg", Vidia has to pluck a feather from a golden hawk, who sends the pain it feels to her:
    "She could have acknowledged then and there how much plucking hurt. She could have admitted she'd been cruel to pluck Mother Dove. She could have recognized that pain is pain, whether it's pain to others or pain to oneself. She could have sworn not to inflict pain on purpose ever again. But instead, she convinced herself that the hawk was the one who'd been cruel. She decided he'd made the pain worse than it really was.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tink for Tinker Bell and Ree for Clarion. The latter was later dropped after Gail Carson Levine's trilogy ended and became a case of Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Interspecies Romance: Vidia nearly sells out her whole race because she falls in love with a genocidal dragon. He seems to like her back, too!
  • Invisible to Normals: Fairies are invisible to adult humans, in one of the books' many moves that defy both the movies and the original Peter Pan film to stay closer to Barrie's book.
  • Karma Houdini: Kyto. He kills seven people, and in return gets an enclosure with more space, a larger hoard with Ree's crown and shield in it, and a new friend in the form of Vidia. Even the POV character Gwendolyn points out that it doesn't seem fair.
  • Kill It with Water: The mermaids do this to the fairies when they aren't provided with their promised wand in time. The fairies are especially vulnerable to floods because they're so small, and because their water-absorbing wings make it easy for them to drown.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vidia, from time to time.
  • Lighter and Softer: The chapter books compared to Gail Carson Levine's novels. They are largely themed around "Fira works too hard" or "Rani runs away to hang out with mermaids because she's sad", not "all of Pixie Hollow is doomed, and a few fairies literally die."
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Clarion gets a shield made from an earring when she fights Kyto.
  • Magic Wand: The fairies get a sleeping one in the second book in the trilogy. It winds up slowly driving the main characters mad and ruining everyone's lives, and nearly kills half the cast at the end of the book.
  • Making a Splash: The water-talent fairies do this, with the caveat that they can't control very large amounts of water due to the fact that they're so small.
  • Mirror Routine: Fawn pranks Beck this way in "Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster".
  • Mundane Wish: One of Rani's wishes on the wand is to become friends with a mermaid. Considering how everyone else's wishes turned out, making a Mundane Wish may not have been the worst idea.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: In "Vidia and the Fairy Crown", the queen's missing crown was accidentally placed in a room full of duplicate crowns. in this case, there was no secret test— the fairies had to figure out which was which through trial and error.
  • Never Say "Die": Notable for how often it's averted. Characters are not shy about the word "death," and several (minor) characters catch fire, drown, or fade away of disbelief over the course of the series. There's a scene at the end of Fairies and the Quest for Never Land where Rani tearfully informs Gwendolyn that Kyto killed seven people.
  • Odd Friendship: Prilla and Vidia. Vidia actually slaps her in the original book, but their quest to save Mother Dove's egg actually makes Vidia somewhat try to help Prilla later (usually via a sarcastic lecture). Prilla is also the only person to see any good qualities in the much-hated Vidia, helping her out when nobody else would. Vidia actually smiles at her, which basically never happens anywhere.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The only dragon mentioned is Kyto, the Big Bad of the third book. He's a violent hoarder who's nothing but antagonistic to the fairies, and he's so evil that his flame can corrupt Mother Dove's eggs.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: There are a few different kinds of fairies in Gail Carson Levine's trilogy, although only two ever get pagetime and only the Never Land fairies are fully explored. The other species, the Great Wanded fairies, are as tall as people and entirely reliant on their wands, which has made them somewhat dim, lazy, and irresponsible. They're not malicious, but they can't understand why anyone would put effort into anything instead of simply wishing for it, and their lives are empty and meaningless in the eyes of the Pixie Hollow fairies.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: While the mermaids in the Mermaid Lagoon look as you'd expect them, they're selfish, vain, catty, and have the attention span of a gnat. When Rani briefly considers living with them, they're quick to disregard her, and find the concept of working to set up a party bizarre.
  • Red Shirt: Nilsa, Temma and others.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: In Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand, the narrative occasionally cuts back to Pixie Hollow, which is being flooded by angry mermaids. A few paragraphs are written from the perspective of a shoemaker trying to stay alive in the rising water. She doesn't make it, and dies regretting the fact that she never got to make her own wish on the wand.
  • Shown Their Work: According to the inside flap of Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan was one of Gail Carson Levine's favorite books as a child. In selfsame book, we find out that Captain Hook's blood is purple and it's one of only two things he's afraid of - something directly from Barrie's book that you don't find in most adaptations.
  • Stop Drowning and Stand Up: Vidia gets this in "Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse".
  • Supreme Chef: Dulcie.
  • Tempting Fate: Rosetta and her new shoes in "Rosetta's Daring Day".
  • Tender Tears: Water fairies are very prone to tears.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Vidia does this a lot, nicknaming everyone with obnoxiously patronizing pet names even when she's verbally sparring with them. A notable example is when she calls Clarion "love" as she's threatening to kill her by throwing her into the Sun.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Prilla.
  • Tomboy: Fawn.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Fawn and Rosetta in "Rosetta's Daring Day".
    • Vidia's the Tomboy to Rani and Prilla's Girly Girls in the books.
  • Unreliable Illustrator: Even though Gail Carson Levine describes Prilla as looking like an adult in most respects in Fairies and the Quest for the Egg, illustrator David Christiana draws her as looking like an eight-year-old child.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Kyto is this. The series' previous villains, the mermaids who sent a flood because they wanted a wand, were malicious, but mostly petty and unconcerned about the effects of their actions. Kyto, meanwhile, enjoyed making people suffer, and made a game out of killing as many fairies as he could while bragging about it to their desolate and captive leaders.
  • Wasteful Wishing: Almost nobody makes a truly meaningful or important wish. Most turned out pointless (e.g. Rani's wish to become friends with a mermaid), cruel (e.g. Ree's wish to shrink the hawks) or harmful in other ways (e.g. Vidia's wish to fly faster, which killed any drive she had to keep practicing.) The wish to restore Sara Quirtle to normalcy was the only one that wound up sticking.
  • Weird Weather: The hurricane in the first book. Never Land is normally a Genius Loci that doesn't have inclement weather as a general rule, so when a massive storm appears out of nowhere and tears through the island, it's a big deal.
  • Wicked Cultured: Captain Hook, so much that he snores in iambic pentameter.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It's very clear from the books (especially the first, and Tink, North of Never Land) that Terence is in love with Tink (when trying not to think about her after a fight, he finds himself "failing to not-think-about Tink for an hour now"), but that she refuses to "have her heart broken again" after Peter brought "The Wendy" to his hideout. She seems to notice him and his looks in Tink, North of Never Land, but she seems to just consider him a friend.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: The hurricane in Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. By the time anyone notices how bad the weather is getting, it's already too late to do much.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: An unusual variation of this as Bluebell achieves this with her leg warmers. They shift between grade B and C from scene to scene.

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