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Critical reception[edit]

Pagan author Raymond Buckland said in his 2002 book, "The Witch Book", that the Charmed Book of Shadows gave the show an air of authenticity and showed that the producers of the show seemed to at least know a little of what they were talking about when depicting wiccan practices.[18] Judika Illes adds that the Charmed Book of Shadows describes the show's witches much in the same way as the real world Italian Benandanti traditions. She claims the show draws deeply on wiccan terminology and ritual (such as the witches' adding information to their Book of Shadows), but asserts that it is still a fantasy show.[19] In The Book of Shadows: The Unofficial Charmed Companion, Ngaire E. Genge talks about the Charmed Book of Shadows in relationship to a modern wiccan Book of Shadows and the ancient grimoires of such notables as Abra-Melen the Mage and King Solomon. The author is more critical of Charmed's use of the book compared to real-world wiccans but adds, as Buckland did, that it is still a fantasy show.[20] While not specifically mentioning the Charmed Book of Shadows by name, The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows, by Dorothy Morrison, appears to have been highly influenced by the series and features the same triquetra symbol on its cover as does the Halliwells' Book of Shadows.[21]

Criticism has also been garnered for Charmed's Book of Shadows. Author Peg Aoli, a noted Wiccan and media critic at The Witches Voice,[22] has been critical of mixing real world Wiccan ritual items, such as athames and the Book of Shadows, with Charmed’s "Hollywood" witchcraft. Aoli critically slammed the series' representation of witchcraft in an essay in Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of Three.[23] Furthermore, other critics at The Witches Voice argue that Charmed's representation of witchcraft, including their Book of Shadows, creates "so many misconceptions" about Wicca in the modern world.[24]

Fandom and replica Books of Shadows[edit]

Following The Charmed Ones' suit, fans worldwide began creating replicas of the Charmed Book of Shadows, when the series began in the 1990s. Like the famed book of the series, the replica versions continued to grow as fans created more and more pages. The most extensive replica source has 2,500 pages to date[when?] and is distributed digitally (see source list). Fan-made Book of Shadows have become an art form in itself, and many different people create these. Every artisan owns the rights to their own work, so many differences appear in each artist's re-creation of the pages. There is no one-copyright holder to this collective work, which has become a hobby, like scrapbooking.[citation needed]

The Book of Shadows Post-Charmed[edit]

After Charmed ended its run, the one prop from the series that everyone wanted was the Book of Shadows. There was good-natured discussion over several years concerning which of the long-time crew and cast members had the best claim to the book. The candidates finally narrowed down to Brad Kern, the series' showrunner for its entire run; and Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper Halliwell and was the only cast member to appear in every episode, including the unaired pilot. Kern and Holly Marie Combs currently share custody of the book, and agreed to alternate possession between the two of them, each getting the book for an entire year at a time.

References[edit]

1.^ Jump up to: a b c d "Something Wicca This Way Comes". Charmed. 1998-10-07. The WB Television Network. 2.Jump up ^ "PreWitched". Charmed. 2001-03-22. The WB. 3.Jump up ^ "Happily Ever After". Charmed. 2002-09-29. The WB Television Network. 4.Jump up ^ "From Fear to Eternity". Charmed. 1999-02-10. The WB Television Network. 5.Jump up ^ "Blinded by the Whitelighter". Charmed. 2001-01-25. The WB. 6.Jump up ^ "Is There A Woogy In The House?". Charmed. 1999-02-24. The WB Television Network. 7.Jump up ^ "The Seven Year Witch". Charmed. 2005-04-10. The WB Television Network. 8.Jump up ^ "Forever Charmed". Charmed. 2006-05-21. The WB Television Network. 9.Jump up ^ "Power Outage (Charmed)". Charmed. 2000-11-16. The WB Television Network. 10.^ Jump up to: a b "Wicca Envy". Charmed. 1999-01-13. The WB Television Network. 11.Jump up ^ "Witch Trial". Charmed. 1999-09-30. The WB Television Network. 12.Jump up ^ "Thank You for Not Morphing". Charmed. 1998-10-21. The WB Television Network. 13.^ Jump up to: a b "Hell Hath No Fury". Charmed. 2001-10-11. The WB Television Network. 14.Jump up ^ "Bride and Gloom". Charmed. 2001-02-08. The WB Television Network. 15.Jump up ^ "We're Off to See the Wizard". Charmed. 2002-04-25. The WB Television Network. 16.Jump up ^ "Chris-Crossed". Charmed. 2003-11-23. The WB Television Network. 17.Jump up ^ "The Eyes Have It (Charmed)". Charmed. 2002-10-20. The WB Television Network. 18.Jump up ^ Buckland, Raymond (2002). The Witch Book. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press. ISBN 1-57859-114-7. 19.Jump up ^ Illes, Judika (2005). The Element Encyclopedia of Witch Craft. Hammersmith, London: HarperElement. ISBN 978-0-00-719293-9. 20.Jump up ^ Genge, Ngaire (2000). The Book of Shadows : The Unofficial Charmed Companion. New York: Three Rivers Press – Random House. ISBN 0-609-80652-1. 21.Jump up ^ Morrison, Dorothy (2001). The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 1-56718-446-4. 22.Jump up ^ "This Week at Witchvox...". witchvox.com. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 23.Jump up ^ Aoli, Peg (2005). "Enchanté...Not". In Cruise, Jennifer. Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of Three (1st ed.). Benbella Books (published November 1, 2005). p. 240. ISBN 1-932100-60-1. 24.Jump up ^ Witchvox Article


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