“Fate: The Winx Saga” Receives Heavy Criticism from Audiences and Critics

Christine Krenke

On Jan. 22, Netflix released its new series “Fate: The Winx Saga”, a live action adaptation of the 2004 hit Nickelodeon show “Winx Club”. The series follows a group of fairies who attend “Alfea”, a school for magic. While mastering their powers, the girls also tackle love, feuds, and deadly monsters that roam outside the campus borders. 

As of now, the show has a 38% tomatometer score and a 78% audience rating. While the series received a relatively high audience score, many fans of the original show were disappointed with the new Netflix remake. Unlike “Winx Club”, “Fate: The Winx Saga” has a much darker tone and includes much more mature themes, such as alcohol usage, profanity, and sexual innuendos. Now, rated at TV-MA, the remake differs drastically from the bubbly, wholesome TV-Y7 cartoon. 

 “If they really wanted to make a good adaptation of Winx Club, then the demographic should’ve been for kids.” Sarah Maisha, a student at Hamilton High School and fan of the original “Winx Club” told the Husky Paw Print. “It kind of destroys the nostalgia that most of the audience wanted to feel while watching the show.” 

Additionally, the casting of “Fate: The Winx Saga” sparked lots of controversy and backlash from viewers. Musa and Flora, two fairies in the “Winx Club” who were portrayed as people of color, were recast as white women for the Netflix adaptation. This change was a disappointing step back from the original, which was known in it’s time for being one of the more racially diverse cartoons on television. 

With these numerous complaints about the show’s casting and tone circling around the world, it’s unclear if a season two will be produced. However, if you’re willing to look past its issues, all six episodes of the action-packed, fantasy adventure series are now available on Netflix.