Guide to the Untold Stories of Once Upon A Time
(a work in progress)
by Mia Bennett (@must_be_mia1) and Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson's novella introduced Dr. Jekyll, a good man tortured by his attraction to a darker side. He attempted to separate the good and bad parts of himself by using a serum. The result was the creation of Mr. Hyde. This alter ego personified all that was evil in Jekyll and acted out on all that the doctor secretly wished to do. This included murdering his enemies. The more Jekyll takes the serum and acts out, the more Hyde takes control of him.
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo, also known as Edmond Dantés, started out as a noble sailor with good intentions. Unfortunately, he was thrown in prison wrongly accused with treason by his enemy Fernand Mondego because they loved the same woman. Edmond manages to escape from prison and becomes obsessed with revenge. This has turned him dark and bitter. He only cares about making his enemies suffer.
The Scarlet Letter
Hester Prynne was a married woman new to a Puritan town in "The Colonies". Yet she arrived alone, sent ahead by her husband who never arrived. Assumed dead, Hester lived by herself for years . . . but then became pregnant. Who was the father? Certainly not her husband, hence she served time in jail for adultery and was sentenced to sew a scarlet "A" on her dress so all would know her sin. Wearing it almost as a badge of honor, Hester makes a living as a seamstress. There's only one question the town still wants to know: who is her fellow sinner? Hester will not tell for she will not sentence the man she loves to the death that awaits him should she say his name.
The 5 Rivers. Image Credit: ABC Studios
The Rivers of the Underworld
by Zach Van Norman (@TheZachVan)
One of the questions Oncers have been asking themselves since the spring premiere of the Underworld story is, "What's the deal with the rivers?" They're actually a major piece of Greek mythology, so here for your reading pleasure is a summary of the Five Rivers of the Underworld.
King Arthur and Camelot in Once Upon a Time Season 5a: The Antithesis of Ideal
by Lori J. Fitzgerald (@MedievalLit)
The realm of King Arthur lies on the border of folklore and history. Its stories are brought to life in the pages of literature and echoing in the wind over the archeological sites of Cadbury Hillfort (Camelot) and Glastonbury Tor (Avalon). It is a place of magic and chivalric ideals of behavior and leadership, woven into the songs of minstrels so that all of medieval Europe knew of King Arthur and his knights. Here be wondrous tournaments and adventures for the mysterious questing beast, or the otherworldly Grail, or to rescue a fair damosel in distress. Knights in shining armor display great feats of strength and chivalry, right judgement, and courtly love. In Camelot, striving for your best self, for trouthe (integrity), is the utmost ideal. It is no wonder that Once Upon a Time, a show known for its unique twists on fairy tale characters, has reached into the mists to draw out King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. Unfortunately, in Season 5a, the show has presented a very warped view of the medieval ideal of Camelot and chivalric leadership.
Hades: Lord of the Underworld
Explore the Arthurian legend surrounding Lancelot, take a trip into the woods to discover the mythology behind Red Riding Hood or learn more about a modern day hero called Snow White. Origins provides unique insights and perspectives from talented writers into the characters we know and love, going far beyond the boundaries of Storybrooke.