Episode 57: Once Upon a Time Fanfiction 101

fanfiction authors hunnyfresh, someonethatiamnot, and misscamthenorwegian

Once Upon a Podcast speaks to a few of the Once Upon a Time fandon’s favorite fanfic authors!

In this hiatus episode devoted to that one thing that no one talks about, fanfiction, we attempt to uncover the appeal of fanfiction, explain why it’s such a big deal these days, and introduce it to those of you who aren’t (yet) avid readers of it. On top of it all, we were fortunate to interview three amazingly talented writers of Once Upon a Time fanfiction: Cam, Allison and hunnyfresh. Whether you’re brand new to the fanfic world or read it every spare moment you have, we hope you take away a little bit of a better understanding of the fanfic world!

  1. Amanda and Brittany discuss fan fiction: who writes it and why? What is up with all of the fan fiction being published? Is it changing the way we write (and read)? So many questions we have to answer!
  2. Cam (“misscamthenorwegian“): We speak with Cam, who writes fic about Snow and Charming. She tells a bit about why she loves writing about this couple (and how her Norwegian roots factor in to how she writes their story). [Segment begins at 24:40]
  3. Allison (“someonethatiamnot“): Allison tells us a bit about how and why she started writing an “AU” (alternate universe) fic about Robin and Regina, called Baker’s Dozen, and how she feels about the way that story has prompted some readers to discuss healthy relationships and sexuality. Please note, this discussion is “PG-13”. [54:20]
  4. hunnyfresh (pen name): Author hunnyfresh speaks to us about how she was inspired to write about Emma and Regina (Swan Queen). She gives us some insights into her writing process and what she has planned next for her wildly popular stories. [1:23:30]
  5. Thank you to all of the writers who joined us for this episode about Once Upon a Time fanfiction!

Great news: it may be the hiatus and we might have told you we’re only podcasting every other week, but guess what? We’re back NEXT WEEK! We’ll have an all-new podcast episode on January 20th devoted to listener letters, news, and our thoughts about “Into the Woods” and “Galavant”! See you then.

– Amanda and Brittany

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Episode 55: Heroes and Villains

OUAT midseason finale Heroes and Villains

The Once Upon a Time midseason finale bid farewell to Frozen and introduced three sassy new lady villains

In the Once Upon a Time midseason finale, we said farewell to Frozen and hello to the Queens of Darkness: Ursula, Cruella, and Maleficent. But the real dark moment came from the Dark One himself: Rumplestiltskin and Belle shared a terrible and tearful goodbye at the town line (and as brokenhearted as you now are, we’re proud of you, Belle!) All that plus Hook gets his heart back, Elsa and Anna return to Arendelle, and a Robin and Regina separation that was dampened by some great moments between Regina, Emma and Henry who will be diving deeper into Operation Mongoose together. Join us for our Top 5s and lots of listener letters along with some interesting news about 4B.

  1. Welcome to our final podcast of 4A!
  2. Our Top 5s (1:35)
  3. The Lighter Side (55:55)
  4. Listener Letters (1:08:15)
  5. News and what’s next in OUAT season 4B (1:18:30)
  6. What’s we have planned for Once Upon a Podcast during the hiatus! (1:28:10)

Join us on December 30th for our season 4A wrap-up!

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Episode 54: Shattered Sight

Evil Queen and Snow Queen in Shattered Sight

Farewell to the Snow Queen, and we missed you too, Evil Queen.

This penultimate episode of Once Upon a Time season 4A had a bittersweet (and Titanic-esque) goodbye to the amazing Snow Queen, which means we also had to say a sad farewell to the fantastic Elizabeth Mitchell. Nonetheless, we were satisfied by her overall story (and refreshing redemption), and discuss some possible implications this might have on other villains (particularly Regina) in the overall Once Upon a Time storyline. Plus, we laughed, we cried, then we laughed some more at cursed!Regina, Snow and Charming… we wish we had the directors’ cut of that sequence! Join us for an anything-but-subtle podcast discussion of this episode.

  1. Welcome to the show and Southernisms and Tweets
  2. Our Top 5s (4:55)
  3. The Lighter Side (1:01:10)
  4. Listener Letters (1:17:40)
  5. News and what’s coming up on Once Upon a Time in next week’s midseason finale! (1:27:50)
  6. Wrap-up, be sure to tune in next week! (1:41:20)

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Join us next week for what will undoubtedly be a tumultuous finale!

– Brittany and Amanda

Episode 53: Fall

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A curse falls on Storybrooke

Did you fall in love with this Once Upon a Time episode – or at least those cool mirrors and the purple curse storm clouds? In Storybrooke, everyone prepares for the curse of Shattered Sight, which fell upon the town in spectacular (and Disney-esque) fashion. Brittany wasn’t so sure about this episode, while Amanda really enjoyed the show… especially those tense and dramatic final moments.

With only 1 more episode to go between this and the Once Upon a Time season 4A finale (and we literally have no idea what’s going to happen other than some major drama in town next week), join us for discussion, speculation, news and theories to gear up for the end of the season!

  1. Intro, Godzilla (it’s related we promise), and our words of the week
  2. Our Top 5s: the things we loved and the things we are a little over (13:05)
  3. The Lighter Side (1:08:00)
  4. Listener Letters (1:23:35)
  5. News and what’s coming up next on Once Upon a Time (1:33:25)
  6. Wrapping things up (1:47:05)

Enjoy the show!

Amanda and Brittany

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Episode 50: The Snow Queen

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Our 50th podcast: Once Upon a Time “The Snow Queen”

Once Upon a Podcast celebrates its 50th episode this week with a discussion about “The Snow Queen.” What a great Once Upon a Time episode to chat about: from Ingrid’s chilling backstory, to Emma’s out of control powers in Storybrooke, Rumplestiltskin and Ingrid channel “Pinky and the Brain,” and Robin Hood makes a decision about Regina – and we are delighted with the results.

Welcome to our 50th episode and a few thoughts about our podcasting experiences

  1. Our Top 5s (14:35)
  2. The Lighter Side (56:40)
  3. Listener Letters (1:12:55)
  4. News and spoilers (1:28:20)
  5. A look back at 50 episodes (1:38:55)

Get ready for next week’s 2 hour Once Upon a Time extravaganza!

– Brittany and Amanda

Episode 49: Family Business

Belle and mirror in Once Upon a Time

Belle faces the mirror in “Family Business”

We’re taking care of business with a debate about the re-Belle-ious Belle and whether we think she was “in character,” the many ways in which Rumple continues to be shady, and how if you think that other relationships on Once Upon a Time are complex, nothing really compares to the challenges that Rumbelle are going to have to deal with eventually! All of that plus we continue to love and theorize more about the Snow Queen.

  1. Introduction and some tangents about Twitter
  2. Our Top 5s (6:35)
  3. The Lighter Side (49:50)
  4. Listener Letters (1:09:50)
  5. News about next week’s OUAT episode, plus a couple of theories about Lily (1:24:50)
  6. That’s a wrap! Join us next week for our 50th episode! (1:40:50)

– Amanda and Brittany

Episode 44: A Tale of Two Sisters

Once Upon a Podcast discussion on Frozen

Elsa and Anna, plus some relationship drama in the season 4 premiere of Once Upon a Time

Anna, Elsa, a funny reindeer, heartbroken Queen and impatient Pirate… the season 4 premiere of Once Upon a Time brought us lots to think about. Honestly, we had a few mixed feelings about how everything unfolded, so join us as we talk through this episode and see if you agree.

  1. Welcome to season 4 (and appropriately enough, our 44th episode!)
  2. Our Top 5s
  3. The Lighter Side
  4. Q&A, poll and listener letters and tweets
  5. News and what’s coming up next week
  6. It’s a wrap!

We are so happy to be back podcasting about new episodes every week! Join us on Tuesdays for our discussion, and say hi on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook throughout the week!

We might have a special little feature next week, so stay tuned!

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 41: Our Top 5 Once Upon a Time Top 5s

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Lots of top 5 lists that you asked us to discuss!

This week, we asked YOU to tell us what to talk about this week! From plot twists to “what ifs” to favorite costumes, we present some of our various “Top 5s” in the OUAT universe.

  1. Welcome back – only a few weeks left before the show!
  2. Our “Top 5 Top 5s” – we talk about “What ifs…”, favorite minor characters, plot twists we would have created, the best costumes and the greatest parts of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (1:40)
  3. Season 4 wish list: Charming & Snow and Belle & Rumple (1:09:30)
  4. OUAT Q&A and poll results (1:17:45)
  5. Listener letters (1:27:00)
  6. News & Spoilers (1:36:40)

Today – September 2nd – marks our 1 year anniversary of podcasting! Thank you all so much for joining us this past year. After all, it’s much more exciting to podcast when we know we have an audience. (An amazing audience at that – you have sent us so many great messages and ideas!) We’ve had a fantastic time this past year, especially since we had no idea what to expect when we started. It’s safe to say everything surpassed our expectations.

Thanks for your support!

We’ll see you in two weeks, and after that we’ll be back to podcasting every week until this winter hiatus!

Amanda and Brittany

Episode 37: Sean Maguire Interview

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Our exclusive interview with Sean Maguire

In episode 37, we catch up with the fantastic Sean Maguire! Once Upon a Podcast is so pleased to have Sean on the show to answer some of our burning questions. He offers insight into how he approaches Robin Hood, chats about his life while filming in Vancouver and names the Disney film he’d like to spend the day in. Our conversation with him makes us even more excited to see what is in store for Robin in season 4 of Once Upon a Time! (Is it September yet?)

A few of our favorite moments:

  • [0:55] Sean talks about life in Vancouver with the rest of the OUAT cast
  • [5:40] On whether Robin Hood should form a support group with Hook and Charming for men in relationships with strong & stubborn women
  • [7:50] Sean discusses his approach to the character of Robin and his relationships, including the romance with Regina
  • [9:30] Some of his favorite scenes so far as Robin
  • [10:50] Which famous archer would Robin Hood go to battle with?
  • [11:45] Yes, it’s a question about frickle-frackle (!)
  • [12:50] The Disney movie Sean would like to spend a day in

Thank you, Sean! We wish you all the best in your work on season four.

– Amanda and Brittany

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Episode 36: Once Upon a Television

Once Upon a Podcast our favorite tv shows

Just a little (3 hour) chat about a few of our favorite tv shows.

Join us and special guest Kristin as we delve into our top five television shows. This is our longest podcast we’ve ever recorded and one of the most fun. From iconic cult classic The X-Files to recent smash hit Orphan Black, reminisce with us down t.v. memory lane.

  1. Welcome to Kristin, fellow Once Upon a Time enthusiast!
  2. Our top five television shows (caution, may include spoilers) (6:25)
    – Freaks and Geeks (6:50)
    – Orange is the New Black (10:30)
    – Sisters (21:05)
    – Life (27:00)
    – Short web series (including The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Hipsterhood, Very Mary Kate, Husbands) (32:15)
    – The Walking Dead (40:35)
    – The West Wing (50:45)
    – Gilmore Girls (56:55)
    – Will & Grace (plus a shoutout to our other favorite sitcoms) (1:07:00)
    – Dead Like Me (1:16:30)
    – Reign (1:26:25)
    – X-Files (1:39:10)
    – Orphan Black (1:54:30)
    – LOST (2:02:15)
  3. The Lighter Side: a few honorable tv mentions including Buffy, Dr. Quinn, and some childhood favorites (2:15:15)
  4. Listener letters, a little bit of news including Frozen casting news and Jennifer Morrison at Oz Comic Con, and what we’re into this week (2:26:30)

Songza.com can be located here!

Check out the web series that Amanda talked about: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved, Hipsterhood, Very Mary Kate, and Husbands.

Enjoy the show, and see you in two weeks!

Britt and Amanda

Episode 35: Once Upon a Ship

Storybrooke town line OUAT

The Once Upon a Time season three midseason finale. We saw a lot of relationships evolve in season 3.

Hop aboard the love boat with us as we finally delve into all of the relationships in Once Upon a Time: past, present, and future(?!) We try our best to approach this topic with a positive and open mind, discussing what might happen on the show and what we as viewers can take away from the love stories. Plus, some news about what the cast is doing this month and what we’re into this week!

  1. Welcome to our massive “ship” episode!
  2. Our Top Relationships on Once Upon a Time: Aurora and Mulan • Sleeping Warrior [3:10], Ruby and Dr. Whale • Frankenwolf [11:40], Emma and Neal • Swanfire or Swan Thief [15:20], Regina and Daniel • Stable Queen [25:45], Rumplestiltskin and Belle • Rumbelle [31:15], Emma and Hook • Captain Swan [42:25], Snow White and Prince Charming • Snowing [50:40], Regina and David • Evil Charming [57:45], Regina and Emma • SwanQueen [1:03:45], Regina and Robin • Outlaw Queen [1:11:50]
  3. The Lighter Side and Listener Comments [1:20:55]: A bunch of ships that didn’t fit into our top 5 lists, including Mad Queen, August and Emma, Hooked Queen, Belle and everyone, etc. Plus you tell us about some of your favourite ships!
  4. Once Upon a Time news [1:31:21]: A little bit of Frozen casting news and the latest from the cast members who appeared in Paris in June: Lana, Jared, Rebecca, Robbie and Sean.
  5. What we’re into this week! [1:53:25]

The Nerdist podcast that Britt talked about can be found here.

We hope you enjoy this episode! See you again in 2 weeks!

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 33: Once Upon a Season 3B Wrap-Up

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Ruby in the diner in the Once Upon a Time spring season finale

It’s the summer hiatus, but we’re keeping Once Upon a Time fresh for a little longer by revisiting the end of season 3B, including what else we might have liked to have seen and a few of the underrated scenes in the finale. Plus, some news and speculation and a lot of fun extras to help pass the time.

  1. Intro and we revisit some of our failed predictions about the season finale – oops!
  2. Top 5 things we wish would have happened in the season finale (6:35)
  3. A couple of underrated scenes in the finale (23:40)
  4. It’s Q&A time with Britt & Amanda! We ask each other a few quick and personal Once Upon a Time-related questions (36:20)
  5. News (47:00)
  6. What we’re into this week – non-OUAT things that we love right now (51:35)

Our next episode will feature a discussion about Disney’s Frozen and Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and how those stories might fit into the OUAT universe next season. We’ll also share our thoughts about the Disney movie Maleficent. See you in two weeks!

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 31: Snow Drifts (Part 1 of the season finale)

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Hook and Emma in the Enchanted Forest

The Once Upon a Time finale took us back to the Enchanted Forest, this time with Hook and Emma working together to ensure the future would happen as it should. Whether or not they’re successful is yet to be determined by the end of part 1. Join us as we go through the ups and downs of the first episode of the two-part finale.

  1. Highlights from live tweeting – coherent, or no?
  2. Our Top Fives for the first episode (3:30)
  3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke (24:15)
  4. Make sure you listen to our discussion of the 2nd part of the finale in episode #32!

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-Britt and Amanda

P.S. We had a slight audio problem with this episode. Don’t worry, episode #32 has much better audio quality! (Blame it on the excitement).

Episode 30: Kansas

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Glinda, Zelena and Dorothy have a chat in Oz

“Kansas” transported us back to Oz where Zelena simply could not stop being a jealous troublemaker. We (briefly) met Dorothy, said hello to light magic-wielding Regina, had a beautiful Rumbelle moment that quickly turned sour and said a “wicked” goodbye. A lot happened in this episode and we attempted to break it all down and speculate what it might mean as we head into a our double-sized season finale next Sunday.

  1. The penultimate week of Once Upon a Time season 3 has come and gone! Plus why next week’s show should be called “Oklahoma.”
  2. Our Top 5s (3:30)
  3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke (42:10)
  4. Listener Letters (46:50)
  5. News and speculation about the finale (51:00)
  6. Join us again next week! (1:11:00)

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Don’t forget to listen to us next week for a very exciting double-podcast episode about “Snow Drifts” and “There’s No Place Like Home”!

We plan to release next week’s double-podcast episodes about “Snow Drifts” and “There’s No Place Like Home” early, on Monday instead of Tuesday, so brace yourselves for a huge season finale podcast extravaganza!

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 28: Bleeding Through

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Robin and Regina kiss at the end of “Bleeding Through”

Discovering Cora’s past leads to a major realization by Snow and Regina about how they want to move forward into what future they may (or may not) have. There were so many amazing things going on in this episode: Regina and Snow had a heart to heart, Zelena and Regina had a sisterly visit, Rumplestiltskin and Zelena have a hot date, and of course a surprising kiss… we are getting very excited about how this season is going to wrap up, and also have a few thoughts and theories about how that might happen.

  1. Welcome to our 28th episode!
  2. Our Top 5s (3:45)
  3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke (41:10)
  4. Listener Letters (50:35)
  5. News about upcoming episodes (59:00)
  6. Thanks for joining us! (1:10:40)

Only three weeks left of this Once Upon a Time season… don’t forget to join us again as we discover who wins the battle of wicked vs. evil.

– Britt and Amanda