What fairytale/story do you think the show has adapted the best?
No.1 has to be the Snow White story for obvious reasons. We got new perspectives, that redefined the story, and we explored the nature of many of the characters well. Another one for me was Rapunzel. We didn't get to explore as much of the tale in the series, but the show managed to honour its fairytales roots (e.g. stealing radished from the garden, making Gothel a nature-based witch), while adding cool twists and giving us an amazing villain (RIP Lady T 😭)
Definitely Snow White! The story was spread throughout season 1, which gave Adam & Eddy the opportunity to explore the tale deeply. The story was refreshing ("Snow White" had never appeared on a movie/tv show holding a weapon prior to Once), casting was spot-on (Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla) and in general, this arc is one of the finest arcs Once has ever done!
Rwo wrote: Have you guys forgotten about Beauty and the Beast???
The best thing about that adaptation is that Rumplestiltskin doubles as the Beast. But that's it for me, to be honest.
I agree with the others. Snow White was nicely adapted into something original while holding on to its traditional "magic". I personally also loved the Frozen arc as I felt that they changed it nicely by bringing in and adapting the Snow Queen as well. I was fascinated by the Peter Pan version as well.
What I really enjoyed tended to be the flipping of well established stories on their heads so for me the best were:
-Peter Pan (including Hook's backstory)
-Little Red Riding Hood (also Peter and the Wolf I guess)
I never liked how they handled Frozen/the Snow Queen because they never really reimagined much, in terms of characters and backstory they just left most things the same as they were in the 2013 movie rather than put their spin on things. It's also more of a shame because Hans Christian Anderson's story left alot of elements which they could have played with like the Trolls being Demon worshippers, Kai (Elsa)'s powers being caused by a fragment of a destroyed magic relic getting lodged in their heart, Gerda (Anna) getting kidnapped by a witch who hypnotizes her into believing that she's the witch's daughter, etc.
Snowing's story forms the basis of the entire series, so of course it's the best well-written.
I love the adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, though I'm biased since Belle the bookworm was always my favorite Disney princess. I agree with others that they screwed over the Rumbelle ship in later seasons; like they would create conflict between the two just for the sake of drama. However, if you pretend the later seasons don't exist and focus on, say, "Skin Deep" (1x12), "The Crocodile" (2x4), and "The Outsider" (2x11) -- the storyline is lovely and by far my favorite fairytale adaptation.
And I *love* the Oz storyline. Maybe it's just because I love Zelena so much, but having the Wicked Witch of the West being the abandoned sister of the Evil Queen just makes so much sense. And for a minor character, Zelena has a pretty compelling character arc. That whole plotline was great.