Tonight F4F Radio will be moderating the first of two discussion panels for the month of June. Regular audience members know that while we normally interview authors and filmmakers about their work, we do also occasionally have panels where the authors visit to discuss the fandom itself, not their own work. Past examples have included All My Children, Babylon 5, and Harry Potter. This time we'll be exploring the world of the hit ABC series "Once Upon a Time", which finished its debut season last month as the top-rated new drama on that network. OUAT is at the forefront of Hollywood's renewed interest in fairy tales, with NBC's "Grimm" getting renewed as well and two different Snow White movies in theaters this year. While there's a lot to be said about this show, such as the work of actors like Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle and Giancarlo Esposito, or the similarities between OUAT and the creators' last show, ABC's "Lost", we'll be focused on the "Swan Queen" phenomenon which quickly became popular at the start of the season. "Swan Queen" is the name most often used to describe the pairing of heroine Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and villainess Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla), a.k.a. the Evil Queen. People have always loved hero/villain relationships, of course, and SQ is currently one of the most popular couples on sites like Fanfiction.net and ArchiveOfOurOwn. We'll be looking at SQ from ALL angles, from Henry to hatesex, dark curses to true love, Snow to Cora. Tonight's panel will consist of myself and four other SQ authors - Heartsways (who discussed her Lost Girl fic earlier), Writetherest, Fictorium, and AdventurePants. Live listeners are encouraged to call in with opinions of their own.
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