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?

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!

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Now this is a surprise! Rainbow made a video of ALL the Winx’s transformations from seasons 1-7! That includes Charmix from seasons one, two, and the Nick specials; the 3D Enchantix, Believix, and Sirenix from the movies; and Roxy and Daphne’s transformations. (Roxy’s grouped with Believix, while Daphne’s grouped with Bloomix even though she’s a Sirenix fairy.)

With eleven years worth of footage to go through, something was bound to get left out. They forgot Aisha’s Charmix/Magic Winx transformations — both from the original and the Nick specials. That’s a shame. Her Charmix is my favorite. 🙁

Still, the video’s worth watching for nostalgia. Bon appétit, Winx fans!

Musings & Rants
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Did you see “Winx on Ice?” I did (not live, though). I don’t remember the story well, but thanks to the Internet, I don’t have to! 😛 Here’s the summary, adapted from the Winx on Ice story page:

Carolina, a fairy from Gardenia, steals a magic diary that makes everything she writes in it comes true. The Trix convince her to join them and use its powers for evil. But after three spells against the Winx and the Specialists, she realizes she doesn’t wanna be a witch. Valtor — yeah, he’s in this, too — wants her to write the Winx’s deaths into the diary, but she writes his defeat and the Trix’s instead.

Doesn’t that sound a bit like Selina’s story?

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Fairy from Gardenia? Check. Stole a magic book that brings stories to life? Check. Sides with the Trix and uses the book for evil? Check and check. Now all that’s left is for the Winx to save her and beat the Trix. They will. They always win, you know. 😛

This is the tenth anniversary season, and Rainbow reused a lot of plots and characters in it. Was Selina’s role an homage to “Winx on Ice?”

You be the judge. Rainbow posted this montage last April. Take a look!

Musings & Rants
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During the break, WCD Channel (Winx Club Dissected) uploaded another video: “WCD’s Favorites – Fairy Forms.” I told him I’d write a response, so here it is. 🙂

Since there are so many categories, I’ll split this post up so it won’t be too long.

layla-the-winx-club-1052700_692_1200A) Charmix/”Magic Winx”

Favorite: Aisha — Mostly, I just like the tones of green on her. I also love the unique shape of her wings.

2nd Place: Silicya — If I were a fairy, I’d want my Charmix to look something like this. More modest, though, of course. 😛

Honorable Mentions: Khadija, Priscilla — I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing either of these (especially Khadija’s). But I love Khadija’s color scheme (I like yellow and light blue together) and the Tinkerbell/Neopets Earth Faerie look of Priscilla’s outfit.

B) Charmix Season 2

Favorite: Flora — It’s a rose-shaped handbag. How much cuter can you get? 😛 Plus, some of the Winx’s Charmix jewels looked out of place on them, but Flora’s didn’t.

2nd Place: Musa — Her power booster is my favorite out of everyone’s. Not only does it look cool, but it made the most sense. It amplified her sound waves! What a concept! 😛

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