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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time: Four New Lands the Show Should Visit

Once Upon A Time has explored many different storybook lands. There's the Enchanted Forest, of course, which seems to be some sort of amalgamation of Grimm fairy tales and Disney royalty. We have also seen glimpses of the world of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the Wonderland of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. The two-part Season 2 finale seemingly promises a visit to Neverland. What other story lands would we like to see OUAT explore in future seasons? Here are four ideas we haven't seen discussed much before.


When we think of badass female characters, we think of OUAT... and Jane Austen heroines. The world of Austen is no stranger to postmodern adaptation. It has been commandeered again and again. Check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, or the upcoming Austenland film for a few recent examples. Why not OUAT, too? We think Belle and Elizabeth Bennet could be best friends.

Raise the Dickens

While we’re on the subject of British novelists, imagine a world populated with all of Charles Dickens’s best characters, like Great Expectations’ Pip, A Christmas Carol’s Scrooge, David Copperfield, and, of course, Oliver Twist. Dickens’ themes of poverty and classism are a bit heavier than OUAT usually deals with, but it could bring an interesting dynamic to the show. Bonus points if we get an all-cast performance of “Where is Love?” from Oliver! the musical.

Sherlock Holmes

We are crazy fans of the BBC’s Sherlock, and think CBS’ Elementary is pretty great, too. According to this Entertainment Weekly interview, Storybrooke’s sheriff was originally imagined as the great detective, but the idea was scrapped when ABC couldn’t get the rights to the character. Now, co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said they can’t imagine a better incarnation of Sherlock than Benedict Cumberbatch’s and wouldn’t be willing to create the character unless The Cumberbatch could play it. We’re okay with those terms...


Shakespeare gave us Romeo, Hamlet, Viola, and Bottom — to name a sampled few. There are scores of amazing characters to choose from in the world of Shakespearean drama and plenty to do with them when they’re yours. These are characters who regularly cross-dress, enact elaborate schemes, and fall prey to the motivations of love, glory, and power. There are fairies and spirits, ghosts and gods. In fact, the world of Shakespeare has much in common with the world of OUAT.

Which story lands would you like to see OUAT explore? Let us know in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

04.11.2013 / 03:20 AM EDT by Kayti Burt
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