Witchin’ Fiction

Witchcraft From Scratch

This season has seen more than its fair share of new “witchcraft” programs on TV. Hot on the heels of Beautiful Creatures, Oz, Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters—which wasn’t really about a witch in the end (but whatever)—and before the taste of Grimm, that ridiculous season of True Blood, the failed reinvention of Dark Shadows,[1] and other silly representations of witches can be cast from our mouths, we now have Sleepy Hollow, The Witches of East End, and American Horror Story: Coven.

I was excited about Sleepy Hollow. An American Lit teacher who spends a fair share of time with Washington Irving, I saw some great possibilities for Ichabod Crane: the near-comically egotistical, socially inept weakling. I mean I found a show with Ichabod—but it’s called Hello Ladies.

But then again, I had been excited about The Following too.

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