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World of Winx 1X01 -- Flora Cooking Fish Dish

I can’t be the only fan who thought, “Since when?” 😕 Have we ever seen Flora cook before? She’s great at mixing potions, which is a little like cooking. You follow recipes, right?

But in Winx Club, cooking is Bloom’s talent. Granted, it seems like a new skill in her repertoire. I don’t remember seeing her cook much before season six, except in the comics (I think). Marion even asked her in “Mythix” (6X14), “When did you learn to cook like this, dear?” (Way to lampshade your randomness, Rainbow. :P)

The emphasis on the Winx’s talents feels new, too — and it’s not just for World of Winx. As that “Mythix” quote shows, Rainbow’s doing it in Winx Club, too.

I know the Winx have always had hobbies. Aisha works out and plays sports. Musa writes songs. Tecna loves to tinker with technology and invent techno-gadgets…I mean, devices. 😛

But do Musa and Tecna‘s hobbies count as “talents?” Yes, not just anyone can make an inter-dimensional portal generator, but Tecna’s the Fairy of Technology. Of course, she’s good with gadgets (er, devices) because they’re the source of her power. Same with Musa and music — music’s part of her magic identity.

Isn’t it cheating if your skills come from magic? I’m not saying Musa and Tecna aren’t talented. But if they weren’t the Fairies of Music and Technology, would they be interested in other things?

I’d say Aisha’s athleticism, Bloom’s drawing, and Stella’s fashion design are true talents. They have nothing to do with their power sources. But until season five, Bloom and Stella’s talents weren’t mentioned often. Bloom created the Winx logo, and one of the walls in her room in Gardenia was covered in fairy drawings she’d made, but art wasn’t a major part of her character.

Same with Stella. She designed outfits for the Winx now and then (like the Love & Pet outfits in season four), but it was just for fun. Before season five, I didn’t think of designing as her talent.

Winx Club 6X02 -- Flora Using Magic to Grow Flowers

Gardening is Flora’s talent in Winx Club. I guess Rainbow thought that’d be too boring for a reality show — you can’t have a gardening contest, can you? — so they assigned her something more exciting and more useful to the story.

But I wouldn’t have picked “chef.” It doesn’t fit her. I could see her as a baker, but not a general chef. This is the girl who yells, “Don’t hurt it!” every time a monster attacks her and her friends. Sorry to ruin your dinner, but she’s gonna chop up dead animals and serve them on a platter? 😕

I guess she could be a vegetarian chef.

Anyway, cooking felt like a random choice for Flora. Rainbow just needed each girl to have a passion, and since Bloom already had art, cooking was open. I don’t think it’s Flora’s dream to become a chef, but I guess if this talent’s exclusive to World of Winx, we can just say, “Oh, well. It’s not canon.”

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No, I’m not done talking about World of Winx. I’m just taking a break from it.

I’ve had this idea for a Winx Club/Regal Academy crossover for months. It practically writes itself since these shows are so alike. Rose’s story even starts out like Bloom’s: a teenage girl from Earth learns she’s from a magic family and enrolls in a magic school in a magic realm. (What do they teach? Magic! What else? 😛 )

Winx Club already has a framework to bring these shows together: season six. Here’s how it could work.

The Magic Dimension and the Fairy Tale Land exist side by side, unaware of each other. When Acheron made the Legendarium, he unknowingly built a door to the Fairy Tale Land (which he called “The Legendarium World”). You know how the doors Rose and Travis use to get to school look like books? It’s the same idea. Their keys work the same way as the Legendarium Key — the Winx could unlock the Legendarium if they wanted to — and the Legendarium Gate is like the portal at Regal Academy.

Even the Mythix wands fit into this. Everyone at Regal Academy has a wand, right? If fairies came from the Legendarium World (a.k.a. The Fairy Tale Land), it makes sense they’d have wands, too (even if the school didn’t exist yet). The magic inside them is known in the Magic Dimension as “Mythix energy.”

That’s everything we need. Now the Winx just have to meet Rose somehow. Some fans have said her hometown looks like Gardenia, so why not just say it is? Everything magical happens there, anyway. 😛 Even if it’s not, the Winx go to Earth so often, it wouldn’t be too cheesy for them to bump into her one day.

I think this would be a fun crossover. 🙂 Rainbow could use the CG Winx models from Mystery of the Abyss, or they could make 2D versions of the Regal Academy characters. Or they could do both like in seasons five and six. (Please, no. Not again. 😕 )

Either way, I’d love to see how these casts of characters interact with each other. Rose would probably get along best with Bloom and Stella — Bloom because of their back stories, and Stella because they could talk shoes and fashion together. Astoria would probably latch onto Tecna, since they’re the brains of the groups.

Joy? I don’t know. I’m thinking Flora. And the boys could take some lessons from the Specialists and Paladins.

What do you think of a Winx Club/Regal Academy crossover? Would you watch it?

By the way, Zap2It and TV Guide say the next episode of Regal Academy, “The Legendary IronFan” (1X14), premieres tomorrow at 7 a.m. EST on Nick. Don’t miss it! 😉

Caption Contest
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Thanks to everyone who voted! Congratulations to the winner: Yolanda! Next contest begins tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Stella: I have great news, the girls and I have just gained Tynix!

Brandon: But I thought Enchantix was–

Stella: Don’t be silly!

— By Yolanda

Caption Contest
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Time to pick a winner! You have 24 hours to vote for your favorite caption! (To see them again, click here.) Good luck to everyone!

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Caption Contest
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I’m bringing back something I haven’t done in two years: The Caption Contest! I’ve been wanting to do this again for a while. Can’t believe it’s been so long since the last one! (We’ll just ignore the fact I never announced the winner. 😳 )

Just in time for Stella’s birthday, this week’s screenshot from season six stars her with her beau Brandon. Submit your caption by Friday, August 19 (the day after her birthday)! Good luck!

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