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Literature / The Land of Stories

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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 six entries: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey, and Worlds Collide.



  • Abhorrent Admirer: Princess Trollbella loves chasing Conner, although this trait is most prominent in the first two books.
  • Action Girl: Goldilocks and the Huntress, although the later is more of a Dark Action Girl.
  • Adaptation Distillation: This makes it so that the Prince Charmings of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White are all brothers.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Queen of Hearts is played a lot more seriously than in her original story.
  • All Myths Are True: Many fairy tales (if not all) are real tales from The Land of Stories.
  • Alliterative Family: All four of the Charming brothers have names that begin with the letters "Ch," also making them all have an Alliterative Name.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe example. Conner’s presentation on The Boy Who Cried Wolf has this, with Conner stating that the boy was just a little kid who didn’t know any better and should have been supervised by his parents in the first place.
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  • And I Must Scream: What happens to 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass Bookworm: Alex, Bree, and arguably Conner.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Froggy is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. 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.
  • Big Bad:
    • 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.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: From Book 3 onward.
  • Cool Old Lady:
    • The twins' grandmother is literally 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 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 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Conner, who snarks in almost every single scene he's in.
  • December–December Romance: Merlin and Mother Goose, who fall in love and decide to stay together in Beyond the Kingdoms
  • Disney Villain Death: 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 Makes Sense In Context.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Alex and Conner jump into freezing cold water.
    Conner: We might be twin sisters now!
  • Gossipy Hens: The four members of the Book Huggers - Cindy, Lindy, Mindy, and Wendy - are a cross between this and Conspiracy Theorists, to the point where their parents take them to see a psychologist.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Alex and Conner are half fairy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: 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 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.
    • The fifth book also incorporates several short stories written by Conner and Bree.
  • Meaningful Echo: The end of An Author's Odyssey for a quote in The Wishing Spell.
    Alex/ Chief of Staff: Our/My most educated analysis, with all means of science and technology in mind, is that it's magic.
  • Meaningful Name: Mira, who was turned into The Magic Mirror, Evly, whose name anagrams to Evyl, thus sounding like 'evil.', and Alex ('Defender').
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • Sadist Teacher: 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 when Alex leaves for the Land of Stories, she begins character development into a Stern Teacher instead and comes to enjoy Conner's stories.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: 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.
  • 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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