The tone of the series is kind of all over the place, with urban high fantasy and addiction drama and, er, books in love. The Beast with a face obscured by moths is a striking image.
The most intriguing part for me is the renegade witch group off to the side and resenting the Wizard School that rejected them.
Lev “Grossman successfully captured the idea that we never truly loosen our grip on our childhood fantasies, even in the midst of the most glaringly adult moments of our lives. (Like when we’re screwing or cheating or failing at our jobs.) Adulthood is another fantasy, he implies, and once we recognize that we can free ourselves from the limitations it imposes.”Hillary Kelly at vulture.com on the original novels
Alice is one of the most extreme examples of Hollywood Nerd I’ve seen.
Doing the “hero in a mental hospital” story as episode is really early. I’ve never seen someone defeat it with Taylor Swift before, either.
Creepy pseudo-magic hazing would of course be worse in an American university with actual magic.
And got to the creator of Fillory. Urgh.