Series: Once Upon a Time #1
Published by Hyperion on 2013-04-23
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Retelling
Strangers don't come to Storybrooke. The town's residents are victims of a curse--trapped by an Evil Queen in a world without magic, they don't remember that they were once Snow White, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, and other characters from a fairytale world. The curse keeps them in Storybrooke, and keeps everyone else out...until a dark stranger with a typewriter arrives on a motorcycle. August, the mysterious newcomer, claims to be in Storybrooke because, as a writer, the town inspires him. As the other characters discover, though, he knows more about fairytales than he lets on. With one foot in the nonmagical world, one foot in fairytale land, and both hands on a typewriter, August is the perfect narrator to tell fans the story of ONCE UPON A TIME's first season and ready them for a surprise in the next.
While being right in the middle of a reading slump and an obsession with the show Once Upon a Time, I stumbled upon Reawakened, which is essentially the first season of the show turned into a book. It was just what I needed at the time, so I put it on hold at the library.
I will say that it was really nice to be able to combine my obsession with Once Upon a Time with my love of reading, and it was fun to revisit the first season in a new way. However, it wasn’t exactly all that I was hoping to be. While in most cases, books are ten times better than their film or TV adaptations, the book did not win out in this case. I know that the book came second, but since there are so many more things you can do with a book than TV, I had high expectations. I’ve heard of leaving parts of a book out of a movie, but to leave parts of a TV show out of a book? It really struck me as odd. While the show had great descriptions and lots of backstory and took its time revealing all its secrets, the book felt rushed.
Like I said, the book was a fun way to revisit my favorite TV show, but it left something to be desired. However, I’m glad I read it, would probably recommend it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I decided to read it again at some point!