Guest Posts
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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?

Musings & Rants
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Wow, I haven’t written a post like this in months. Sorry for abandoning my blog again. 😔 No, I’m not leaving the fandom — at least not yet. If I ever decide to, I’ll announce it here before I go.

Since Winx and World of Winx are between seasons, I think I’ll talk about random things for a while. We know Winx season eight is coming late next year. (You knew that, right? 😉) I’ll focus on season seven again as the premiere date gets closer.

Today, let’s talk about a couple I tend to ignore (because they get enough attention already): Bloom and Sky. When I started drafting this, I didn’t know it was almost the tenth anniversary of Secret of the Lost Kingdom. Perfect timing. This post is about how one detail of Sky’s character — a detail that’s been there since season one — wrecked the movie’s ending.

Quick recap: After saving Domino, Bloom finally reunited with her birth parents Oritel and Marion. We later got a preview of her and Sky’s wedding (whenever that’s gonna happen). That’s the proverbial fly in the ointment: their marriage.

For three seasons, Rainbow implied that Bloom would be the next queen of Domino. Some fans still think so. It makes sense, right? Why else would her being the last princess be important?

But she’ll never be the queen of Domino — and she was never gonna be. That’s because of Sky. Why?

Because he’s the prince of Eraklyon.

When Bloom marries him, she’ll become his Queen Consort. That will leave Domino once again without an heir. Not a happy ending for the once-lost kingdom, after all. 😕

Oh, wait! Daphne’s corporeal again!

If you’ve wondered why Rainbow retconned her death, this could be the answer. It was just so she could rule Domino in Bloom’s place. That explains her coronation in “Vortex of Flames” (6X06) and her marriage to Thoren after dating for barely a year. (Who cares about relationship development? They’re so cute together! 🙄)

Were there better ways to fix the problem? Sure. I brainstormed a few:

  • Oritel and Marion could have had a third kid. (Do magic beings have a childbearing age limit? 😅)
  • Bloom and Sky could have had kids and sent one to rule Domino when he/she got older. It would have taken longer, but it would have worked, right?
  • Sky could have given up the throne of Eraklyon.

I don’t like that last option because Rainbow built up Sky’s attachment to his kingdom as much as Bloom’s attachment to hers. Think of all the times he ditched her because he had royal duties to attend to! In fact, his story has revolved more around being a prince than being Bloom’s boyfriend — which is good because it means he’s not just a love interest. He has his own identity. It wouldn’t have felt right if he had given up what made him unique.

This might sound weird coming from me, but maybe bringing back Daphne was the best option. She’s still doing what she did when she was dead: ensuring a “happily ever after” for Bloom. And we know Domino means as much to her, so it’s still satisfying to see her take the throne.

Here’s the bottom line, though. The heirless Domino plot hole wouldn’t have been there if Rainbow hadn’t made Sky a prince. The most important part of his character broke his girlfriend’s story — and the writers (and the fandom) didn’t even notice! That’s why you can’t take everything in a story at face value. Sometimes when you look below the surface, you start to see the cracks.

By the way…Happy Birthday, Bloom! 😅

I know. Weird timing. It wasn’t intentional.

TV & Movie News
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Thank you to WinxClubFrance for the heads-up! The first Winx Club movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, premiered ten years ago today in Italian theaters. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

Musings & Rants
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Do you have a favorite Winx character who embodies the show to you? Someone you think of every time you talk about what you love about it? I do.

Surprise! It’s not one of the Winx — or Roxy, as much as I babble about her. 😛 And it’s not one of the guys, either. I have my favorites, of course, but ultimately they’re all minor characters and aren’t essential to the show. Some of them only exist to be love interests.

This character drew me in from the very first season. Their presence added mystery and wonder to the show. They existed before the story began and have often been behind the scenes, guiding the Winx on their adventures.

If you can’t tell from the description (or the post categories 😛 ), my favorite character of all time is…
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Last fall, FloraAsia posted an article on whether the Winx Club should add another member. His top candidate: Daphne.

…unlike Roxy, she’s experienced and has been familiar with the Winx since season 1. And as you all know, it’s the perfect opportunity for her as well, since she was finally restored to her physical form in the season five finale.

This post isn’t meant to be a counterargument. But as you know from “Daphne Should Have Stayed Dead,” I’m opposed to her becoming a Winx. Here are four reasons why I don’t think it could work:

1. Six Winx is plenty, right?

Rumor has it Nickbow kicked Roxy out of the club because Nick’s writers felt seven Winx was too many. Wouldn’t it be hypocritical then to add Daphne? If they’ve changed their minds, they should return to the original plan. Roxy almost become a Winx; spot #7 still belongs to her.

capture_006_15012014_172536_2682. She’s too busy.

Daphne’s a professor now. That means classes to teach, lessons to plan, papers to grade, etc. She doesn’t have time to run around with a bunch of teenagers!

“But the Winx were teachers in season four!”

True, but was that handled well? No. After one class, they packed their bags and headed for Earth. Now they’ve been retconned as students again. And Daphne’s their teacher, at that! (Imagine the “teacher’s pet” accusations!)

Plus, she just became Crown Princess of Domino. She’ll probably be flying to and from school to attend to her royal duties, like Sky does for Erakylon. (Not that Nickbow couldn’t write a way around this.)

3. She’s Bloom’s sister.

Five words: “Vortex of Flames” dance scene. It wasn’t the first sisters-only moment this season, but it was the most blatant. Count on seeing more of them if Daphne joins the Winx. The other girls would be nothing but background fodder.

Also, Daphne’s obviously from the same planet as Bloom and might have a similar power source. That’s too much redundancy. (Bloom and Roxy didn’t count since they were born on different planets.)

capture_008_24102013_071155_6854. She’s too elegant to be a Winx.

This is gonna sound like I’m dissing them, but bear with me. In Nickbow’s Winx Club, the Winx are trendy teenage fairies who love to party and rock out in their band. Daphne’s not like that. First off, she might not even be a teenager. Second, she’s more graceful and mature than them.

Now, some people felt Roxy didn’t act like a Winx, either. Surprise — I agree. But if she took on that “cool” personality, it wouldn’t feel as out of character for her. Think of it as her growing up. But for Daphne, it would seem like she was trying to act young again.

Even with all I’ve said, I don’t think Daphne will become a Winx anyway. There are a few signs of that:

  • She has no known power source.
  • She’s still a Sirenix fairy.
  • She’s still treated as a separate character (“Daphne and the Winx”).
  • She hasn’t had a matching outfit with them yet (even her Sirenix looks different).
  • She has no emotional attachment to anyone but Bloom (same as Roxy now that she’s not a Winx).

We’re only six episodes in, so this could change. But I hope it doesn’t.