Quarantine has made us all crave an even greater escape, so let's take a look at the top ten fantasy novels that helped us do exactly that this year.
These are arguably the best Alice Hoffman novels out there. Check them out to add a little spark of magic into your quarantine life.
Literature is full of countless incredible female characters, and many of them are able to make a mark on the worlds they inhabit. Some, though, aren’t so lucky. Some don’t get the happy endings they deserve. Let’s take a look at some wronged women from classic literature.
Lydia Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
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Okay, so things work out a LITTLE less tragic for this version of Lydia, but overall she should’ve had more help. All those sisters, and no one to protect her from Wickham. She carries on a whole secret affair and actually runs away with him, and no one’s any the wiser. Lydia is only fifteen, and even though Wickham is eventually forced to marry her, basically satisfying everyone, she deserved so much better than that user. It’s honestly hard to watch. Know your value, girl!
Morgan Le Fay – Arthurian Legend
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Morgan Le Fay has been reimagined countless times since her legendary origins, and it seems like every time she gets a little more evil. Sure, from the beginning she was ambiguous, and who could blame her? Of course, she was always ambiguous, but so were her motives. The supposed half sister of King Arthur, and possible lover of Merlin, it’s not clear how Morgan gained her powers. She’s married off almost as soon as Arthur is born. Nevertheless, she’s a powerful character, and doesn’t need to be vilified.
Ophelia – Hamlet
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Ophelia is maybe the classic example. What did she ever do to anybody? Okay, so she isn’t perfect, but being constantly yelled at and gaslit by the rest of the cast would make anyone a little jittery. Sometimes Hamlet acts like he cares about her, sometimes he doesn’t. On several occasions he’s extremely, senselessly cruel. Her father is a little better. Ophelia just gets tossed around by the rest of the plot, trying to live her life when no one has the least interest in her. She deserved a lot better.
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The Halliwell Sisters are taking on more than television, they are now being woven into a whole new tale of magic and mystery. Charmed, the television show, focused on the sister trio as they battled supernatural forces and learned how to control their powers. However, it’s getting a whole new perspective in its new manga adaptation. The sisters must take on their biggest challenge yet: a young girl with untamed power is in need of help when her magic goes out of control and threatens everyone around her.
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The Manga, Charmed: Magic School is being adapted into a manga. It will center on Delia, a young girl coming into her uncontrollable yet supernatural. Due to a magical incident, Phoebe, Piper and Paige seek her out in order to help her manage her abilities. However, her power is still a lot to handle and due to some magical mishaps, attracts the attention of supernatural forces. It’ll be up to the trio to help Delia wrangle in her powerful magic in order to defend herself and others around her. I’m a big fan of Charmed, I’m looking forward to the sisters taking on a master and apprentice and sisterly type role in Delia’s life. It’ll be interesting to see how they will help her shape her magic and choices.
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I don’t know about you, but when I was little (and by little I mean currently today as a fully grown adult) all I ever wanted was to awake one morning to find that I had become a teenage witch à la Sabrina.
Just think about how much more convenient life would be if, at the point of your finger, the world around you could change? You’d never have to wake up early to get ready and commute to work, you could just point and boom, you’d be ready! You could freeze time, erase all of your embarrassing moments from the ether, and never have to worry about a thing! You would have complete and total control over your life.
I think we can all just admit that Sabrina is goals. *sigh* Maybe someday…
In the meantime, soak up these thirteen quotes (and all the nostalgia that may ensue) from our favorite teenage witch, quirky aunts, and sassy ex-dictator kitty!
Mrs. Quick: Men rule the world, and they do it by oppressing women, forcing us into stereotypical roles and shoes that create permanent foot problems… remember, a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Sabrina: It can take years to develop a craft. Look at my aunts Hilda and Zelda.
Josh: Which craft were they involved in? Which craft were they involved in?
Sabrina: Witchcraft? Who said anything about witchcraft?
Salem: I’m a cat, I’m curious, so kill me.
Sabrina: What’s the matter? I have to be a witch, I have to be a mortal, I have to be a teenager and I have to be a girl all at the same time. That’s what’s the matter.
Harvey: Why do you need college? Let’s stick to our plan, after graduation we load up my bus and travel the country following the music.
Salem: I need a little fresh air and a latte.
Sabrina: So, can I ask you a question? Ever felt like you don’t fit in?
Jenny: Only all the time, but I don’t want to fit in! I researched it, and awkward people tend to be much more successful later in life. I look at Libby, I see tragedy!
Zelda: Because sometimes, when things get tough, denial is all we have.
Sabrina: Woohoo! I’m normal! Gotta go tell the cat.
Jenny: But I like weird. I love weird. I bask in the glow of weird.
Salem: Don’t ask me. I was an English major.
Sabrina: You are so weird!
Salem: [nodding] It helps break up the day.
Sabrina: I want a world where you can escape your problems and not learn anything.
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