Announcements
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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.

What If Wednesday
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The fanbase is obsessed with Winx Club‘s past, but like I said last November, I don’t wanna keep reminiscing. I wanna look toward the future. I don’t care what happened or could have happened — I wanna focus on what could happen. That’s what “What If Wednesday” is about.

In this new feature, I’ll look at the potential in the show as it is now. I’ll talk about ideas that haven’t been explored; think of ways Rainbow could develop certain characters, concepts, etc.; and try to come up new interpretations of old topics. Like with Thursday Your Say, you can suggest things for me to talk about, if you want to.

What will I not talk about? Any of the dead horses the fanbase loves to beat. You know what I mean:

  • What if [insert super-popular character] comes back?
  • What if the Winx have to fight [insert super-popular villain(s)] again?
  • What if the Winx revert to [insert the most popular transformation]?

Those topics may sound like they’re about the future, but they’re really part of the fanbase’s pining for the past. I don’t treat any time in Winx Club‘s history as ideal or the status quo. The show doesn’t need to regress. Rainbow just needs to use what’s in it now as well as possible. My posts will have ideas for how they could do that.

The first post will be about my favorite Specialist: Helia. He’s Flora’s boyfriend, he’s handsome and romantic — and he could become more powerful than anyone realizes. Stay tuned!

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No, this is still not one of my World of Winx reaction posts. It was gonna be, but I started off talking about this and found I had too much to say.

I feel like I haven’t been honest with you — or myself — these past couple years, so here comes the truth. I’m thinking about leaving the fanbase. Forever? I’m not sure. At least a few years.

No, I’m not tired of Winx Club yet. I’m tired of being surrounded by folks who’d rather look back than look ahead. Nostalgia has spread through the fanbase like the zombie virus, and I don’t wanna get infected.

When I say I’m looking forward to next season, I mean it. I’m looking forward. I don’t wanna dwell on what happened 3+ seasons ago — or even last season. If it’s got nothing to do with this season or the next, it’s old news.

This quote by Robert Tew sums up my feelings: “No matter how much you revisit the past, there’s nothing new to see.”

The past isn’t how things “should be” or “should have stayed.” It’s just how they were at one point in time. Yeah, it was great. So what? The future could be just as good — or better.

Here’s another way of looking at it. Seasons 2-4 were once future seasons. (I still remember the hype for them.) And Winx Club itself was once a future series that no one knew would be so successful. What if you hadn’t given it a chance? You never would have seen those moments you love so much now.

If you don’t stay open to something new and different — even if it’s not what you wanted — you may miss out on something better than you could have imagined. I learned that this semester.

When I was signing up for fall classes, I had my heart set on a specific professor for Business 101. I rearranged my schedule dozens of times just to make sure I’d be in her class. Why? She was the only professor I knew from the business department. I wanted to learn from someone I was already comfortable with.

I got into her class — but guess what happened? At last minute, they switched her out for some random adjunct. I was ticked. All that time and effort for nothing! Thanks a lot!

I thought about changing my schedule again, but in the end, I kept it the way it was. I’m glad I did. That random adjunct was the best professor I’ve ever had. He loved to shake the foundations of what you believe and really make you think, critically and creatively. I wish I could take his class again.

Anyway, back to my Winx dilemma.

Bottom line: I don’t wanna reminisce. I’m drawn to what’s new: new stories, new characters, new realms, and new concepts. That’s what I wanna talk about — how things are now and where they can go from here. This show still has so much potential.

That’s why I’ve decided to stay. I talked to some of my friends in the fanbase, and they reminded me I have a place here. You guys tell me all the time how much you love my blog, and I truly appreciate it. I’m glad my thoughts mean something to someone.

Expect a lot more posts about the future in…well, the future.

Rumors
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fumetto_2_51Rainbow posted news about the latest issue of Winx Club Magazine today. Looking at the preview for the comic, “Winx Fairy Blog,” I noticed Tecna says the word talenti, which means what it looks like in English: “talents.” Here’s the full translation of the page:

TECNA: My computer has detected a virus of techno-magic origin…
BLOOM: Do you think it’s connected to what’s happening to us?
TECNA: I’m sure of it!
TECNA: The spell has corrupted our blogs…it’s used them as a way to rob us of our talents!

Is this some kind of nod to World of Winx? I doubt this is the exact plot, but maybe the Winx lose their talents somehow, and they hold the talent show to get them back by being around children with the same talents. (Some of you have suggested that in other posts.) This could also mean WOW is part of the comics’ canon.

Or I could be reading into things, and this has nothing to do with WOW at all. I don’t own the magazine, so I don’t know how (or if) this plot gets resolved. (Any Italian Winx fans wanna chime in?)

File this away as a rumor. I have no idea if I’m right.

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Yep! This blog’s now been around for six years! I can’t believe it either. 😛

My life has changed a lot in the past several months. I quit my job last summer, and after some soul searching, I decided to go back to school. It’s taken some getting used to, but I’m starting to enjoy it.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, though, I haven’t written as much lately. I haven’t had time because of homework and projects. Good thing the semester’s almost over. 🙂

That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the blog. One of the classes I’m taking is Web Design, and as a personal project, I’m building a custom WordPress theme for season seven. I hope to finish it by the season premiere this fall.

As always, thank you for reading and supporting the blog. I’ve made mistakes over the years, but you’ve still stuck by me. I can’t even tell you how grateful I am.

Here’s to the rest of 2015 and beyond!

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