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Fading Imagination.

This is going to turn into a Once Upon a Time in Wonderland related post.

I do not have children, and part of me is glad for that.  Therefor, I can assure you I’m completely out of the loop on many things.  Starting with video games.  I took my nephew out with me for a few minutes yesterday and ended up buying him one of those Skylander figures for his game my other sister bought him for Christmas.  While in Starbucks, waiting for our ride, he launched into telling me about it which was actually kind of cute, but at the same time I couldn’t help thinking about my niece who is much older than he is, and wondering how long before he follows that path.

How much longer before the lack of open ended play in video games washes away his imagination.  My niece does not play imaginatively, she hasn’t in a very, very long time.  If she isn’t playing on a game console, or the computer, she’s on someone’s iPad.  This actually came to one very aggravating observation a few weeks past.  She looked up at my sister (her mother) and I, gave us a strange look as we were talking about growing up in the 1980s, and told us she pitied us for growing up then.

Because we didn’t have iPads, game consoles (well, there were video games, just we didn’t have an NES until I swear it was 1989 and even then we didn’t care all that much) and computers.  Nor did we spend our days mindlessly watching the television.

I personally wouldn’t trade growing up when I did for now, we had a lot more freedom and we had something she doesn’t: imagination.  I wish I was joking, but she had a creative writing assignment last year that she simply could not write.  Those were the assignments I lived for as a child, not that I needed one to write stories.  But she sat there for an hour, and couldn’t write a word as she couldn’t imagine anything.  Not a character, plot, not a thing.

This has been troubling me for a long time, I was actually speaking to a woman who turned out to be a substitute teacher when I was in middle school, and we got onto the topic of children today.  Even she said, through her own observation, that they do nothing much aside from playing on devices, their conversations are fueled by video games, they hardly play and they can’t think outside the box.  And it is sad.

I began to realize, as I’d come across a role play group that actually caught my interest the night before, that it could very likely be with her generation we’re going to see a lack of anything imaginative as they grow up.  It is bad enough her language skills revolve around ‘net speak, but as I was actually reading the profile again for the character I was interested in, and imagining what said character would do in the world created, I realized role play is rather like imaginative play for adults, and I could see even that dying out when my niece and her generation grows up.

Now, how does this come to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland?  This Thursday the schedule (or front runners I guess is the word) will be announced for next season.  Thursday is normally my weekly Christmas, because my show is on.  My show I look forward to, the one I was aching for over a 12 week hiatus.  I was dying to see Alice and Cyrus again, and this Thursday we will finally get into Cyrus’ past (about time)…and I’m almost giddy, not only because it looks like my theory on him could be right.

We can agree to disagree, but there isn’t a lot of imaginative shows out there anymore.  I quit watching a lot of shows I used to as I just grew tired of the constant crude humour (not that Knave doesn’t provide plenty enough), the pointless love triangles (I’m not looking forward to Once Upon a Time tomorrow, not even sure why I’m still watching) and pointless violence which I swear is just there to try to shock a desensitized audience.  If you want a character that will continue to shock you, have you met Jafar?  Honestly, have you?  The man is made of nightmares, and Naveen Andrews plays him brilliantly.

What I am getting at here is that the show is a refreshing change, it is fueled with imagination and whimsy, the characters are all wonderful (I’m choking on labeling Knave that way after last week…but I don’t like him so I suppose, mind he’s been a true friend to Alice, I still half expect him to turn on them).  For myself, the show woke my long dormant imagination, I actually started writing again and I hadn’t in a very long time.

Of course the next season of the show wouldn’t be in Wonderland, as it was already stated by the writers there would be a different adventure, if there was an interest.  I would say as the show does seem to trend on Twitter when it is on and there is a large fanbase on tumblr (oh scrolling through the beautiful Cylice edits yesterday) the interest is there.  Social media needs to be taken into account in this day and age, as not everyone can watch on a television (or has what is needed for that ratings system they use).

Alice and Cyrus.

If you enjoy the show, please do show support for it on Twitter.  People have started using #SaveWonderland along with #OnceWonderland on their tweets.  We need imaginative shows, something in which you can theorize all you like but still get a surprise.  I will admit, I’ve called a lot of the twists and turns (the end of Home being the stupidest so far, and the revelation the other night didn’t give me much of a surprise but did confirm a sneaking suspicion I’ve had concerning the spell of the three genies).

We all like different things, and different shows on the TV.  But in all truth this one takes me back to when television was actually worthwhile, and I’ve honestly not seen anything this captivating since the first season on Once Upon a Time (it really is a mess now), and the characters are all so engaging.  Jafar really is the perfect villain, Alice and Cyrus are just…words can’t be found for them, the Red Queen is such a wonderfully layered character as well.  The Knave…well…I guess he’s alright for comic relief.

If anything, I hope what my friend read about the writers saying it would make sense (or something like that) to move Alice and Cyrus over to the main show means should worse come to worse we’ll still have them.  They’re the main reason I watch, I am not a romantic by any means, but I was gushing like a 14 year old the moment he introduced himself to her…and then yelling at the TV when I thought the Red Queen had killed him.

I hope they keep it around, another adventure next year would be brilliant, even if it is hiatus filler.  Because if they decide not to keep it around it really is going to feel like imagination isn’t all that valued these days.  It is bad enough watching children today walk around with devices that they spend the majority of their waking hours on, maybe if we had more shows like OUATIW something could spark in them as well.

But in the long run, I can’t stand the idea of not seeing Alice and Cyrus again.

In conclusion, if you have young children put up the devices, limit the video games and hand them a book, a creative game that requires imagination and thought.  If they’re at an age they can write, give them pen and paper, have them write a story or create their own little world.  Turn the TV off, go outside to play…with an imagination the sky is the limit.  When it is time for some television, engage in conversation with them, ask them what they think could happen next.  I did that with my niece when it came to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and she came up with nothing.

If nothing else #SaveWonderland.

January blahs.

I had not realized how long it has been since I posted on here!

I wish I could say I’ve been exceptionally busy, but that truly isn’t the case. I have been writing a lot, and well, family drama that fairly ruined Christmas.

A couple new dolls though! First is Tatiana Wynters, whom I received for Christmas.

Tatiana.

She is Past Life Evangeline Ghastly, and is stunning. I’ve never had a dressed Evangeline, and I can see why they’re so expensive. Her outfit is amazing, although she’s a pain to display with the huge skirt but either way, she’s stunning.

Last November I decided to try my hand at NaNoWriteMo, on my own without officially signing up. I completed the required word count in 20 days so I pre-ordered a doll I was wanting as a reward.

Sophie.

Fairy Tale Basic by Tonner from the Re-Imagination line. At first i was thinking of doing her over to look a bit like Emma Rigby as the Red Queen on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, but when I got her out she struck me a lot with her resemblance to Sophie Lowe, so her name is Sophie. At some point I wouldn’t mind finding a wig that looks a bit more like the actress’s hair style and colour, but not sure about that. Her head seems a little loose so one day when I’m money ahead she might be off to the doll hospital.

My first doll of this year follows in with my obsession.

Alice.

Little Alice aka Wonderland Patience by Wilde Imagination. I am completely in love with the Patience line, and she makes the perfect Alice doll with her inquisitive little face. If you’re wondering what she’s holding, it is a bottle of wishes. Most people instantly think of the Mad Hatter, I’m beyond conventional and go right to genie.

Which brings me to my huge annoyance and what is making January even more depressing: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. it saddens and depresses me that the fate of the show seems to be in limbo. I am well aware it was meant solely as a hiatus filler and they’ve admitted their mistake with how it was aired this season (putting it up against The Big Bang Theory was daft at best, but I’ve read it seemed to pull in around 4.4 million viewers so that has to be pretty good, to my way of thinking), but I just wish they’d renew it as the show is just so wonderful and a refreshing change of pace with what is normally on to pick from.

Honestly, how can anyone not love these two?

I was unimpressed with the plot twist back in December, and if it isn’t reversed there will be a lot less of Cyrus as they’ve essentially taken away his purpose in the show (I honestly believe there is a reason he is the third genie needed and it won’t work unless he’s in that bottle…why yes, if you recognize that assertion I am the one who keeps saying that on various social media platforms…I’m also the one who timed how much screen time Cyrus has had: 65 minutes tops…remind me, what is a main character again), but they need to for once try giving something a second chance. There is so much potential here, so many more stories that could be told with these five characters and the show, in my opinion, is far better than the original (which is such a mess I can’t even watch anymore, they bring over the Wonderland cast and I’ll tune in, but if they leave, I’m out again).

It is about time the networks gave a show a second chance, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a good place to start from. We don’t need more sex driven plots, catty women backstabbing each other, womanizing men and love triangles that serve no purpose.

We need more shows that spark the imagination, the are filled with whimsy, villains that could go either way, true love that doesn’t end in the normal sex filled rubbish and just something that you come away from feeling happy. That show is my happy place, and the idea that it could be gone in another five episodes depresses me more than I care to admit. Of course the fandom can live on well after the show is gone (many do), but it truly is high time something was given a second chance and this is the perfect one to start with.

Put it back where it should have been, I can wait until December to see it again if I have to, but pulling the plug completely on something so imaginative is only proving to me that no one wants the imaginative anymore. Cheap humour, sex driven plots and reality shows seem to dominate the airwaves and in all truth, if Wonderland goes I’ll more than likely be unplugging the cable.

I’d rather read a book in that case, as there is truly nothing on TV worth watching anymore. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was a breath of fresh air, and I dearly hope the fact no decision has been made yet is a good sign.

If you have not watched the show, I highly recommend it.  There is no need to have seen the original Once Upon a Time, it stands on its own and as I said, it is far better.  With only five characters it flows smoothly and how anyone cannot love Alice and Cyrus is beyond me.

All the new.

And so the fall television season has begun.  I rarely get overly interested in anything on the television, mainly because most of what I do watch is slowly starting to tank.

I have quit with How I Met Your Mother, although that show has steadily deteriorated over the years.  Even The Big Bang Theory isn’t catching my interest like it once did (although that has a lot to do with the fact it has a serious bit of competition now, in my eye).  Sadly, 2 Broke Girls has added a new character and if they’re keeping him, I’m out.

As to Once Upon a Time, it would be nice to see the show being written as it once was, instead of the Snow/Charming rubbish that serves little purpose and now the Hook/Emma pairing just is making me lose all interest in the show, all together.

With the changing leaves we also get a brand new bunch of shows to vi for our attention and capture our imagination.  Being a lover of Marvel movies I had anticipated Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. with high hopes.  After the second episode, it fell completely flat.  I’ll state for one I was never on the ‘Coulson Lives’ bandwagon.  Loki skewered him, and that’s that.  He was a fun character but not one I was overly attached to.  Therefor the lack of explanation of how he survived a ‘glow stick of destiny’ through the heart just bothers me.  And I find the majority of the cast unlikable.  I rather enjoyed the first episode, other than a few instances, but the second failed to hold my attention for long and the third I spent reading a book over watching the show.  The fourth I was already engrossed in a book about Shakespeare and English kings, so gave it a complete pass and I fancy that will be that.  The show will do well, much to my absolute bafflement.

After that comes The Goldbergs which I enjoyed immensely.  It brought back wonderful memories of growing up in the 1980s.  It really just hit it all spot on, of course I had sisters and not brothers, but it reminded me of a simpler time.  A time I wish we could go back to.  I fear, like any show I decide I like, it will be cancelled before the end of this year.

I watched a few other premieres but didn’t really care for most of it, until one magical Thursday night.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland…an absolutely charming show. I cannot figure out exactly what it is, but it drew me in and I was shocked when the full hour time slot came to an end. I turned over to The Big Bang Theory but was constantly distracted with thoughts of Alice, Cyrus and the rest. It completely captivated me, and if for the fact I couldn’t get it in another time zone until midnight I would have watched it right then and there again.

I will admit I’m not a fan of the Alice in Wonderland book nor do I like any of the movies. But this is new, it is different and completely enchanting. As well, not being much for girly movies or books, the fact that Alice and Cyrus had me grinning like a love sick fool within ten seconds also had me hooked. I almost cried when I thought the Red Queen had indeed killed him (although it made no sense in the premiere episode…not that I want him dead at all).

Yes, the CGI isn’t the greatest at times, but I honestly think it adds to the charm and also the other worldliness of Wonderland. The characters are all interesting, the White Rabbit is a touch creepy but sometimes CGI animals can be that way. The love story is sweet, unlike all the Snow/Charming rubbish on the original. The Knave is sarcastic and funny, and I am dying to know what Jafar and the Red Queen want with Cyrus, and hoping Alice does not use any of her wishes.

Sadly, it would seem it runs the risk of cancellation which saddens me. There are so few shows on the telly these days even worth watching, and to see one that has so much potential likely end up gone before it had a chance seems unfair. More so as it would be replaced with yet another insipid reality show. Of all the shows I’ve decided to check out this season, I would hate to see the one I love the most gone. I’ve heard it is to be just a one season thing, consisting of 13 episodes. High ratings or not, I don’t understand why we can’t at least have that.

Maybe even move a few characters to the original, although I’m not sure I’d want them lost in that hot mess.

So that is my two cents, half spent, on a few of the shows that premiered this autumn. The Goldbergs and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland are definitely worth viewing, but the other I mentioned isn’t in my opinion. Unless you are hardcore into the Marvel universe. And even then I’m still not sure it is worth it.

Dress up fun.

Faith and I have been having some fun with clothes.

I don’t own any Marley Wentworth dolls by Tonner, as I only discovered Tonner dolls about two and a half years ago. I did find an old dress my mum had in a lot of Barbie clothes she acquired at an auction. I had a feeling it would fit her and I was right.

Autumn colours.

Anticipating autumn.

Faith.

Girl with a sunflower.

The colour of the dress goes so well with her hair, I really do love it on her. The ‘belt’ I think was something my niece started and never finished, it just seemed like it needed a splash of colour to me.

The second outfit I tried is actually among Ellowyne’s Thrift Shop Finds. It is the Ennui Purple blouse and skirt.

Faith.

Curious child.

The blouse is a bit loose, but it works. If you were worried about decency you could get a little undershirt or tube top on her underneath it. The skirt likely wouldn’t stand on if it weren’t for the two pairs of stockings she has on. But then again, it may very well regardless. Either way, it looks adorable on her.

Faith.

In the garden.

I cannot wait to see what they have in store for her with the autumn release, in terms of new dolls, clothing and anything else their creative minds concoct.

In closing, so this isn’t all dolls, I am thrilled to finally be able to view this on the my television two weeks from today.

Mind you, if you go to amazon you can pre-order the entire Henriad on DVD (what will be on Great Performances) and it is to be released about three days prior to the first airing of King Richard II. I am hopeful they do not take long to ship, as I am eagerly anticipating a day filled with Shakespeare.

Now I just need to finish reading King Richard II.

Another new girl.

Yesterday I received another new girl, further solidifying my doll collection really is beginning to revolve around Wilde Imagination with a few Pullips to change it up once in awhile.

With Mother’s Day coming, I tend to feel a touch bit left out as I have no children and did not want any.  But I do have a dog who is my little darling boy, so I thought ‘well, why not?’, and so proceeded to order a doll I had been eyeing since last October when Wilde had a discount on international shipping.  I was overjoyed she came yesterday as this week seemingly has decided to make my life miserable.

She is the Am I? Prudence Moody whom I have renamed Joey Knight.  Her name is based around Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight, due to the hat and her blue eyes.  But I must admit, the name Joey suits her so well I can’t picture her with another (well, other than Prudence as that is the character’s name).

Joey in the garden.

She has the most detailed and amazing outfit, I doubt I’ll ever change her out of it.  Well, other than taking the vest off now and again as summer is coming.  I love all the detail there is in the clothes Wilde makes for their dolls, right down to the little Amelia Thimble girls.  Although this one is even better as the vest sparkles in the light, and her hat has a little jewel on it as well.  Even her jeans have a golden hue to them.

Joey Knight.

I must admit I am completely taken with the inset eye girls.  There is something about those acrylic eyes that just make their faces come to life.  I do have a painted eyes Prudence as well (Band Together who I’ve named Darcy Taylor), and I love her dearly but I just adore the inset eyes.  So much life to these dolls.

Much to my surprise and joy Wilde put on another sale, on outfits mainly that have been on the site for awhile.  I’m thrilled to have finally been able to purchase Winter Woe, which will most certainly be going to Noelle as she is my winter girl.  The dress actually reminds me of a blouse I had when I was a teenager.

I do plan to be back with more photos soon, although our weather has taken a turn for the wet and rainy.  Not that I’m complaining after far too many days of extreme heat.  One thing I do want to review on here one of these days is that DVD Shakespeare Uncovered.  I bought it a month back after seeing a few of the episodes on PBS and I must say it is utterly fascinating.  Of course it is all subjective to how each person interrupts the characters in the plays, but it is interesting to see how the actors see these characters.

Mind you, I do not agree with Tom Hiddleston’s take on Prince Hal, but that is just me.  I saw elsewhere a girl on YouTube discussing the character and I really do agree more with her thoughts.  But to each their own, right?  Life would be dull if we all saw things the same way.