My reaction was immediate, overjoyed, absolutely unrepentant capslock. And, of course, to order myself a copy, as I’ve not gotten to watch it in its entirety in years.
I’ll save for the proper squealing-session/’review’ for when I have watched it again, but, for now?
The 10th Kingdom first aired when I was about thirteen or so. When it did, I recorded the whole bleeding thing on VHS (VHS tapes which I still had until I lost them in my Epic Appalachian Emancipation™, aka my ridiculously eventful escape/move up north), and one of my still-BFFs and I were so ridiculously excited about it that we would call each other when it came on and watch the episodes together over the phone.
Yep. There was, without a doubt, some serious fangirling to be had, right from the start.
But I realised last night that there was more than that, too:
Looking back, I’m pretty sure that The 10th Kingdom was actually one of the biggest Creative Influences (deserving even of capital letters) on me, ever — and that it was also largely responsible for my continuing rampant obsession with fairytales as an adult/author.
(And, to this day, if I could choose other people’s fictional characters to steal for my own brainchildren, Wolf would still be in my top ten. ♥)
And that got me thinking. If The 10th Kingdom was one of my biggest early influences…what were the others?
It didn’t take me long to come up with a list…or to start laughing at myself once I had.
So, in short, what turned Tiny!Jacey into the StillTiny!Jacey: Storyteller she is today?
ALLITERATION FAIRYTALES FAIRIES FAIRIES DOORWAYS TO FAERY UNICORNS UNICORNS HOLY CRAP CREEPY THINGS
Yeah, that sounds about right. ♥
I think Wolf summed it all up best himself: ‘We either live happily ever after or we get killed by horrible curses.’