Fan interview by Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
Last Spring diverse Once accounts banded together to create a special project for the Paris Once convention, Fairy Tales IV. Fandom United rallied fans to raise money for three charities as a gift to the Once Upon A Time stars. Naomi (@Codonoghuecom) Coralie (@OUAT_Source_FR), Julie (@JmoDailyNews, @Codonoghuedaily) and Ophélie (@ParrillaLanaCom) spoke to Teresa Martin about this heart-felt endeavour.
What made you become a fan of OUAT?
Naomi: I started watching at the end of Season 2. My friend had told me to watch it and I became hooked. I watched the entire two seasons in a day or two. I absolutely love the show. Once Upon a Time has such an amazing storyline. It makes grown-ups believe in fairytales again and gives us hope.
Coralie: I began to watch the show just before the Season 1 finale in the US, and I became quickly addicted. I loved (and still do, despite some tragic events in the show) the hope the show brings to us: the idea of fairytale characters living in our world, and all the twists in the fairytales we know. Since then, I live, eat and speak Once Upon ATime, especially since I started my account!
Julie: I’m gonna be honest, the first time I heard about Once Upon A Time, I wasn’t even planning on watching it at all. I waited for the show to be released in France. I tried it, and it was like love at first sight. I never feel better than when I’m watching Once Upon A Time.
What also makes me a fan of this show is all the great and important human lessons and the hope that they give us. Fairytales are made to teach kids what is life through "happy things", princes and princesses. They are telling your kids "Yes baby, there is a very mean evil queen and a very big dragon. You will meet lots of them in your life, but if you keep hope and light inside you, you will be able to defeat them and find your happy ending at the end of the road."
Ophélie: I became a fan of Once Upon A Time 4 years ago. My friends told me about this show, and as a huge fan of the Disney universe, they told me I would fall in love with this show. Which I did. I found in Once Upon A Time something very important: hope. Something hit me when I watched the first season. It made me feel good when I most needed it. I particularly fell in love with Lana and her character, from the first words she said in the pilot. This is the reason why I decided to open my website, and share my admiration and respect for this incredible woman through it.
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by Ashley Benson - @MitigatedText
In the beginning of May, hundreds of die-hard Oncers gathered in Schaumburg IL to participate in one of the first licensed Once Upon a Time conventions in the US. The guest list boasted an impressive lineup and the entire affair was watched over by Grumpy himself as Lee Arenberg served as Master of Ceremonies. This event is still fairly new and there are some kinks to be worked out, but it was exciting to see so many fans in one place for one purpose. Many of the attendees I spoke with told me this was their first con and I hope Creation Entertainment’s event served as a gateway to the con world for many fans.
My First Convention
by Francesca Benevento (@ZiaFranny)
When I found out that Heroes and Villains Fan Fest was in San Jose, California, I immediately contacted Once Upon A Fan and Teresa Martin, Editor–In-Chief, assigned me to represent them. I was definitely excited to go since Lana Parrilla was going to be there.
As I walked up the steps to the convention I felt like I was a kid again. I think the difference between children and adults is that we simply grow taller, and at a time like this I did feel a bit awkward and out of my element. This was my very first convention and, not knowing what to expect, I just thought I would wing it.
This whole entire year has been an experience of firsts: my first twitter and instagram account. Trying to navigate through social media and being part of a fandom was another first. This is not like the days when I grew up when if you liked a celebrity, you wrote a fan letter, mailed it and waited for days in anticipation of something. Maybe a signed photo, anything that acknowledged your letter was received. Now in the present day, you are able to buy a ticket for admission to any of these conventions and for a smaller price stand in line, get an autograph and meet your favorite celebrity. For a much larger fee you can get your photo taken with them.
Dragon Con 2015: A Weekend With The Queens of Darkness
by Ashley Bension--@mitigatedtext
It’s that time again when fans of everything from table top gaming to alternative history flock down south for the one and only DragonCon. With a record-breaking attendance of 70,000 guests, this year’s DragonCon was bigger and better than ever. And of course Once Upon a Time was represented in the form of our own trio of terrors, the Queens of Darkness, also known as Kristin Bauer van Straten, Merrin Dungey, and Victoria Smurfit. Over the course of Labor Day weekend, Oncers were treated to panels, autographs signings, and photo-ops with each of these excellent actresses, who revealed behind the scenes stories (and more) during their three panel sessions.
The weekend started out for me with my own panel experience, as I had been invited to discuss the fourth season of Once Upon a Time on a fan panel run by DragonCon’s American Science Fiction and Fantasy Media Track. Joining me were several other fans and authors well-versed in Once Upon a Time, and we led an hour-long discussion of several different aspects and points of view regarding the fourth season. We were able to involve the audience in our discussion, and it was a fun experience, one I would love to have again. Thank you to everyone who came to the panel!
Lana Parilla has been announced as the 1st guest of the Fairy Tales 4 convention, taking place in Paris on June 18-19 2016.
Find out more and book tickets at www.xivents.com
My Day with Emilie de Ravin
by Mia Bennet--@must_be_mia1
Scrolling though Twitter and seeing a post from Florida Supercon announcing that Emilie de Ravin would be attending was like a dream come true. I immediately knew that I wanted to attend. After many years of watching her in interviews and as Belle in Once Upon A Time, I knew that it would be a chance that I wouldn't want to miss. She seems so warmhearted and down-to-earth, and when I'm given the possibility to meet cast members, I jump at the opportunity. Luckily, my mom and I scored tickets and we attended the con on the 26th of June.
Review by Ashley Benson - @MitigatedText
It’s that time of the year again, time for nerds and geeks of every shape and size to flock to the West Coast in search of spoilers, swag, and sunburn. It’s San Diego Comic Con. And of course among these fans are Oncers, taking advantage of this year’s Once Upon a Time offerings. There were a variety of events, both within the walls of Comic Con and outside them, that captured the interests of OUAT fans and I have the pleasure of participating in a few of them during my adventures in San Diego.
I arrived early in the week to beat the rush as San Diego Comic Con, or SDCC for short, boasts an impressive 130,000 plus attendees each year. So it behooved me to get in town early and avoid long lines checking into the hotel. I was also keen on getting a good look at the wraps on the side of Petco Park. Each year ABC dominates the space with advertisements, mostly for Once Upon a Time, and this year was no exception. Grimly looming over the Hall H line was the Dark Swan herself. On the gloomy grey day I first encountered this ad, I have to say it was a bit intimidating to stand under it and have those black eyelash wings stare at me.
While the emphasis in the advertising was on the Dark Swan this year, the ABC booth, which has had Once Upon a Time elements in past years, took a different route for SDCC 2015, focusing on the upcoming Muppets TV show. Con attendees were ushered into Stage 2 and the set of “Up Late with Miss Piggy” where they watched a short promo for The Muppets on the “studio” monitors before being invited to sit at the ABC photo booth. Through the magic of technology, guests would get a set of four photos taken with a random muppet, though sometimes the Evil Queen would sneak in the frame. Taking a goofy or memorable photo and tweeting it out using the hashtag #themuppets or #onceuponatime was the only way con goers could receive a ticket to the autograph signing for either show. This essentially replaced the pin situation from former years and while the OUAT element was still rare, the lines were shorter for the booth this year, making the odds better to get a photo with the Evil Queen. Plus, the photos were a fun, customized souvenir!