What If Wednesday
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Today's "What If Wednesday" question: "What if Musa's father, Ho-Boe, remarries?"

The death of her mother, Matlin, has been a big part of Musa's story since season one. Almost every season has referenced it somehow. (I think the only two that didn't were four and seven.) Throughout the series, she's shown strength and maturity by being able to accept her loss.

One of her wisest moments was in season five, when she chose not to use her Sirenix wish to bring her back to life. She knew that would have been wrong. After all, Matlin's in paradise now — safe from danger and free from sickness. How selfish would Musa be to drag her mother out of eternal happiness?

Ho-Boe hasn't been as strong as his daughter. Out of grief, he tried to crush her dream of becoming a musician. Being around music brought back too many painful memories for him.

That episode — "The Show Must Go On" (2X15) — is one of my favorites from season two. The title's pretty clever. Musa's show at Redfountain almost went on without her. But "show" may have been a metaphor for "life" — as in "life goes on," part of what Ho-Boe needed to learn.

We know what happened. He let her perform, she ended up fighting Stormy (not important, but still part of the episode), and at the end, we saw the father and daughter smile and hug each other at Matlin's grave. The implication was he'd healed a bit more. In season five, he looked happy again.

Why not take this subplot further? Is he ready to find love again? I know he's middle-aged, but people remarry even later in life.

How would Musa react to it? Would she accept her new mom — or resent her (and him)?

We've already seen a story like this with Stella in season three. The difference is her mother, Queen Luna, is still alive, so she'd still be in her life even if King Radius remarried. But Matlin's gone forever. Would Musa take that into consideration?

(Side note: if you count the comics, her father isn't the only widower in her story. In #33: "Ghosts," she meets a composer named Sifelius, whose wife has recently died. He's given up on writing music and shut himself up in his house. I won't ruin the ending, in case you haven't read the comic.)

That's it for today!

General
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I wish that next year:

  • Winx will come back strong in the U.S. There’ll be lots of Winx merchandise to buy, but it’ll be so popular, it’ll rarely be in stock! Winx costumes will fly off the shelves at Halloween. The dolls — there will be new dolls, right? 🙂 — will be on the Toys R Us “Holiday Hot Toys” list, like they were in 2012. “Winx” will become a household word, and the media will brag about the brand’s success.
  • Nick will treat the show right. No more breaks. No more fake air dates. No more online “marathons.” More advertising. More airings. More support. You’re sitting on a gold mine, Nick. Give it the attention it deserves, and it can become a hit.
  • The fans will be united. No more dividing ourselves by age, nationality, favorite dub, favorite Winx, or whether we’re artists, bloggers, or fanfic writers. None of that matters. Our love for this show is the same no matter who we are. Let’s be kind and support each other.
  • Winx will continue to be a success, and it’ll keep spreading throughout the world. This year, Winx came to China. The series began airing on CCTV, and new dolls and products were released along with it. Plus, the Winx will have their own area in a theme park that’s in development. Where will Winx go next? (Japan? That’d be cool!)

Big wishes, huh? 🙂

Now’s the time of year to dream big. Even for me. I wanna start a business, but I’m scared I’m not good enough. The fear of failure kills many dreams.

capture_024_31122014_123740_173So, my wish for next year is to be confident and resilient — to believe in myself no matter what I do, whether it’s work, blogging, 3D modeling, or anything else. I’m tired of letting fear hold me back.

I wish the same for you. May you become a stronger, braver person who can break through any barrier. May you reach your biggest goals, and may you find joy in everything you do.

Happy New Year, fellow Winx fan. See you in 2015!

Thursday Your Say
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Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about Aisha’s late boyfriend Nabu.

They’re everywhere on Winx Club fan blogs, pages, and forums — fans crying out for Nabu’s return. His death last season was a shocker, and like poor Aisha, most of us haven’t recovered.

But should this kind of show resurrect a character?

Death is a funny topic in Winx Club. We know magic can reverse it, yet the characters treat it like it’s final. Bloom infamously brought Sky back to life in season two, but she never thought to revive Daphne (who’s now a “disembodied spirit” instead). And Musa could have used her Sirenix wish to bring back her mom, but she chose not to.

Aisha still has an opportunity. Should she take it, or should she respect his “destiny?”

QUESTION: Do you think Nabu should come back?

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Even though I watched “The Shark’s Eye” in Italian last month, I didn’t know exactly what Stella’s wish was — only that it involved her parents. That worried me. I’d been hoping she wouldn’t force them back together.

We don’t know why Radius and Luna split, but since episode 5X15, “The Pillar of Light,” we’ve made a few guesses. Radius is very prideful. He wouldn’t believe Luna about the eclipse, and he wouldn’t accept her help even when he was about to die! And Luna criticizes him too often. Did he really interrupt Stella when he asked what she meant by “a big day?” It didn’t seem that way to me.

Their fights usually end with one (or both) of them storming out of the room — in front of Stella.

In real life, marriage problems take months or years to solve. If Stella had just wished them away, it would have sent a bad message about relationships: that they’re easy to fix. If they were, would divorce exist?

I’m glad she asked for something that is a bit simpler: for them to listen to each other. Listening is an action. You don’t have to agree with what the other person says, but you have to keep your mouth closed to hear it. Radius and Luna were too stubborn to do that, which is why they fought so often.

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What they do now is their decision. Stella realizes they won’t get back together, but if they can talk with each other normally, it’ll bring some peace back to their family and their kingdoms.

And at least Stella was able to bring them together for one evening.

QUESTION: How did you feel about Stella’s wish? What would you have done in her position?

Thursday Your Say
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I Can't Watch!

“Aisha, we’re not supposed to see this yet!”

Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about spoilers.

Season five has ended in Italy, so some of us (myself included) chose not to wait for the English episodes. Now we know things other fans don’t: how the Winx will use their wishes, if they’ll beat Tritannus, and what the fates of a few other characters will be.

Since Winx returns to Nick this Sunday, it’s a good time to decide what’s safe to share so we don’t ruin the surprises.

But everyone’s definition of a “spoiler” is different. What’s yours?

Most of us would love to hear news about season six. We want to know the plot, see art of the transformation(s), and watch a sneak peek. On the flip side, we might hate it when someone who’s watched ahead posts details and screenshots from future episodes.

But couldn’t all of these be “spoilers?” Does it matter what the content is? Who posts it (and where)?

YOUR SAY: What do you consider a “spoiler?” How much do you read/watch about a season before it starts?