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Happy Valentine’s Day! Will’s back with the second entry in the “Life of” series. This one’s about our resident ray of sunshine: Stella.


Winx Girls: Life of Stella

~ By Will N. ~

The princess of the oldest kingdom in Magix, Solaria. We know her as the cheery girl, even if she gets on the nerves of her friends sometimes — because sometimes, the shining sun can be a little bit too hot to handle. When we first see her, she’s fighting Knut and faints due to exhaustion after Bloom’s spontaneous assist.

From there, Stella was given a privilege that the other girls didn’t get until a few years later: going directly to Bloom’s home, signifying that the two would eventually become the best of friends — even telling Bloom she was a fairy and taking her to Alfea to meet the others. She has also shown leadership capability but lost it early on — or so it would seem, as she selectively uses her skills in that field.

In her family life, it’s rather depressing. Her parents, King Radius and Queen Luna, are divorced, even if they seem to be getting along again, thanks to a wish to get them to stop arguing and listen when in her presence. Stella is probably aware of it not going to last long, which is why she doesn’t talk about it much to anyone but Bloom or Brandon — and rarely if that, as those who get too close to the sun will get burned badly. Her coping with terrible situations like these is making jokes, unless something threatening like her best friend’s unexpected disappearance or family’s possible death is near. Then she gets serious.

When it comes to her love life, the squire Brandon (who once posed as a prince) has been much better than the man he’s supposed to be the future knight for. He has graduated from a friend to boyfriend to fiancé with Stella. This is because to deal with Stella, one must be able to adapt (and as his water double implied on Andros). It’s not a problem until he’s had enough with Stella behaving like “a three year old” (as Musa puts it) even worse than her friends do. Then he just leaves to get her to think.

However, she doesn’t just try to set up her own love life. She pretends to be the matchmaker for her friends, which doesn’t always work. Maybe one day, she’ll learn her lesson.

Bloom’s not the only artist in the group. Stella has shown capability but is a designer of couture clothes, even if some are better than others. If there’s a new outfit these days, chances are it’s Stella’s work more often than not. It has also been Stella’s knowledge of art and fashion that has saved the Winx a few times, or a way to make some tools that are minorly magnetic to use when needed.

The highlights of Stella’s star-studded magic show her intelligence, when she chooses to use it.

Both her Harmonix spells qualify as something more spectacular than sunbursts. A sun boomerang that can be used for multiple attacks, and a reflecting mirror as a shield with the ability to turn the attack back on the enemy shows she can strategize. Another example of quick thinking is when she used her Lunar Magnetism to magnetize some rocks for a trick on the Trix.

Her fashion sense has also gotten everyone out of a jam once: solving the Codex Cypher by putting colors in a way that wouldn’t clash. Who would have thought that ancient civilizations had that kind of style?

If you could fix something about Stella’s negative side, what would it be?

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No, I’m not back to stay, but I had to write about this. Credit goes to my affiliate Michael’s Winx Club for this news!

Senpai noticed us, Winx fans. Trebek-senpai, to be exact. The February 2 episode of Jeopardy! had a clue about Winx Club, in the category “Join the TV Club.”

Tinker Bell would feel right at home with Bloom, Flora & company in Winx Club, a group of these beings.

Correct response: “What are fairies?” of course! You can watch the moment below.

Tinker Bell, huh? I guess the Clue Crew hasn’t seen World of Winx. Then again, she eventually got along with the Winx. But I don’t know how Disney’s Tinker Bell or the literary version would feel about them.

Where else have you heard Winx Club mentioned in the mainstream?


CREDITS:

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One of my regular readers, Will N., asked if he could submit some guest posts during my “break.” These will be about the Winx’s lives and how each girl has grown through the series. First up is the girl who started it all: Bloom. Take it away, Will.


Winx Girls: Life of Bloom

~ By Will N. ~

Long ago, a young princess was sent to Earth by her older sister for her own safety and grew up on Earth without knowing anything about her life, just assuming she was a regular girl with a fascination for fairytales and magic… Little did she know that she was a fairytale of her own. Since then, we’ve come to love her or hate her over the last 14 years, because even when all seems lost, she retains a cheery attitude and is able to bring whatever fun she has to share to life.

That girl…is Princess Bloom of Earth and Domino (or Sparks if you prefer). Ask her where she identifies as a person most, and she’d probably say Earth. She’s the one who started this all and the girl we know the most about. Why did this all happen? Simple…she was a girl with a dream to share her good feelings with everyone and bring them together to make the universe a better place with fun and friendship…

However, it wasn’t easy by any means, no matter how much like Mary Poppins she seems to be (minus making up extremely long words for being speechless, of course). First, she had to fight off an ogre to save her future best friend, Stella, that her rabbit Kiko alerted her about. If she had ignored Kiko…well, there’s a good chance that Stella would not be alive, and despite her not believing at first — even calling him crazy without actually saying it (“we can’t both be seeing things”) — well, at least not until a fire shield burst from her hand with a rather bold statement to distract the ogre.

From there, we watched Bloom not only learn to accept herself for who she was but convince her parents that she was something more (even though they already knew and faked denseness for her safety). As Bloom grew, she came to know seven very special friends and her older sister Daphne, even if she only formed the Winx with five of them. The five she chose were Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha (or Layla, as she is more commonly known), but she was also good friends with Mirta and Roxy too, as she is pretty much everyone’s best friend and she has helped them through their hard times and in return they helped her.

Bloom had a lack of magical confidence, to the point of almost denying her existance as a fairy at first. But her physical prowess was almost akin to Aisha’s due to growing up in a (then) non-magical realm, pretty much teaching Stella, Flora, Tecna and Musa how to defend themselves without magic in a small scope. Eventually, Bloom learned with the help of her friends to overcome those blocks and became the definitive leader of the Winx. Even if they occasionally get fed up with her, she’s the only one who everyone will actually listen to willingly because of her nature being well..something that no one in the magic dimension had ever seen before. And that’s also why that everyone is upset whenever she’s away because…it’s not every day someone with her personality shows up in Magix.

Bloom also learned a lot about herself on her own, too. She learned that not only was she a princess but that she was adopted. Shortly before that, though, she had discovered that she was the wielder of the Dragon Flame, the power of life itself — although she prefers making fireballs out of it, rarely using much life aspects on it unless there’s extreme dangers involved. Another thing she has come to learn is that she is never alone, having friends and family who care about her, including an older sister to be her guardian daily.

Unfortunately, she is prone to easily breaking down when she makes a critical mistake. And although she goes home to her parents to clear her mind instead of trying to fight through it, it sometimes has made things worse for her, causing random Trix invasions that she has to clean up. There was also that time that she temporarily was unwillingly turned into what people would be afraid of if any Kryptonian ever lost their temper: the Midnight Princess who has become affectionately known as “Dark Bloom,” openly using her raw dragon power against those she protected and cared about, giving Stella and Musa the most shock and thus causing tensions the following school year when an even closer connection popped up.

When it comes to her problematic-but-somehow-meant-to-be love life with Prince Sky of Eraklyon, it’s obvious that she loves him. But there are several issues that each of them haven’t agreed on since season three: trust between each other to the point that sometimes we can’t tell the difference between them and Musa and Riven. That almost makes Musa’s troubles less bad…(shudders). If only Bloom and Sky could learn that no matter what happens, even if someone like Diaspro is around to ruin it, that their love is true enough to overcome such things…or else Bloom should return that ring and heart-shaped necklace, thereby dooming the happy couple in spite of political pressure.

Bloom can also say that she, being of two worlds, is of both royal and common natures. Being born a princess to King Oritel and Queen Marion gave her status, but being adopted by Mike and Vanessa made her who she is today by instilling in her what is truly important: to care for those around her, even if it means potentially losing her life for them. This is probably what lead to her artistic talent and creative problem-solving knack. In addition to her personal challenges, she has also made some rather great magical achievements as well. The most notable feat of magic she has done is replicating the Dragon Flame to give to her friends after their magic was diluted to the point where it wouldn’t work. Until they could unlock Bloomix as like a flower, they would bloom. (:P)

Another impressive feat (however train-like it is) was having enough willpower to find a backdoor into Enchantix until she could properly earn it by merging with Daphne and letting Sky drive Oritel’s blade through both her and Mandragora when she restored Domino.

Next was kicking Icy off her high horse in a classic clash of opposites with a great comeback full of spunky Earth attitude. “You thought you got rid of me! Well, you thought wrong!”

However, her most impressive magical feat is combining her fairydust and creativity on the Agador box to return the stolen magic to their rightful realms, as she faked her demise causing a hilarious game of monkey-in-the-middle to take place. Valtor of all people should know what happens when anyone vile meets the Winx, even if he is formidable…it’s still a one way ticket to Omega or worse Light Rock Monastery. Although it worked, needless to say Stella, Aisha and Tecna were not too happy about that, to the point that Aisha almost refused to let Bloom execute this plan and made her promise never to do something that crazy ever again. And although she might have said so, her spunk makes one wonder whether or not she actually listened, as sometimes her craziness is the only way anything gets done.

Warning to all future Winx villians: just don’t ever go after any of her friends or family. Especially if it’s the one who is considered the weakest because that is just cowardly…and even the worst enemy that the Winx had wouldn’t stoop that low.

What do all of you think about Bloom, and what do you think might make her better?

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I said if I decided to leave the Winx fandom, I’d say goodbye first. Well, this is goodbye.

I don’t feel like I belong here anymore. This used to be where I’d escape to whenever I was lonely. Now, this is where I feel the most alone. Every day, I feel more and more out of place and insignificant in the fandom.

Whenever I say anything these days, it feels like it’s me vs. the world. Some fans think I’m just being different to get attention, or I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate. If that were true, I would have stopped a long time ago because it’s not worth the flak I’ve gotten.

I feel like a freak. I know I’m not the only fan with unpopular opinions, but I feel dumb for not keeping mine to myself — and for caring so much about them. All I’ve done is made myself miserable.

I’m already an unhappy person in real life. I know that doesn’t surprise anyone. Piling on the loneliness and stress I feel every time I log into the fandom now isn’t helping my mood.

Detaching from my blog is gonna be hard. I started crying last night as I thought about it. I’ve put so much time, energy, and money into it over the past nine years. Maybe it’s already served its purpose, and my feelings are a sign I’m supposed to move on now.

Contrary to what some fans might believe, I haven’t lost interest in the show. I’m excited and curious about future seasons and movies, and I’ll still look up Winx Club news from time to time. But I’ve unsubscribed from the official YouTube channels and other fan-made channels I followed.

I haven’t decided if I’m leaving for a while or for good. It might depend on what happens in the show and to Winx as a brand in the next few years. This blog will still be accessible, and my social media accounts will stay open. I just won’t be active on them.

Thank you for following and supporting me all these years. This is the first fandom I’ve been participated heavily in. I’ve met a lot of interesting people, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and how these types of communities work.

I also feel like I’ve improved as a writer. Looking back at my early blog posts, it’s like I’m reading someone else’s words. Hopefully, I can use this experience to help me achieve the goals I’ve put off so long.

Goodbye, everyone. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

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The full movie. Wow! They’re in a giving mood this holiday season!

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, goody. The worst movie so far.” 🙄 Yeah, yeah. Most fans hated this one. I didn’t like it, either, especially since season five is my least favorite season.

But think of it this way. Some people didn’t get to see it at all because they don’t have Netflix accounts. They might like it. You never know.

Also, this might be a sign the fourth movie’s coming soon. That’s something to be excited about, right?

Anyway, here’s Mystery of the Abyss!

UPDATE: Apparently, Mystery of the Abyss isn’t on Netflix anymore. That might be why Rainbow uploaded it to YouTube. Thank you to @Thomasfan502 on Twitter for pointing that out!