Who is Daisy Meadows? - Biography, Facts & Books

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  • 0:00 All About Daisy Meadows
  • 0:28 Rainbow Magic
  • 1:30 Series Fiction
  • 2:23 Special Thanks
  • 2:55 Rainbow Magic - The Debate
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Instructor: Colleen Bramucci

Colleen has taught secondary school and has a master's degree in teaching.

In this lesson, you will learn about the collective pseudonym Daisy Meadows and the Rainbow Magic series written under this name. Find out more about how series fiction is sometimes produced, and take a quiz to see what you've learned.

All About Daisy Meadows

Who is Daisy Meadows? The better question may actually be, 'What is Daisy Meadows?' Because - spoiler alert - Daisy Meadows does not exist. Nor is she an imaginary being, such as the innumerable fairies that populate the world of Rainbow Magic, the enormously popular fiction series whose authorship is credited to Daisy Meadows. Instead, the true identity of Daisy Meadows falls somewhere in between.

Rainbow Magic

The Rainbow Magic series, targeted to an audience of 6- to 8-year-old girls, recounts the adventures of best friends Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker as they meet numerous Rainbow Magic fairies, each with their own special talent. The series-within-a-series model is evident in Rainbow Magic, as there are usually 6-8 books detailing the adventures and work of a particular group of fairies (ex. The Fashion Fairies or The Party Fairies). Each book features one fairy from a subgroup of fairies, as in Cherry the Cake Fairy, who herself is a member of the Party Fairies.

In every book, Kirsty and Rachel must come to the assistance of the titular fairy as the magical being finds herself at odds with Jack Frost and his mischievous goblins who are always looking to disrupt the fairies' (and the girls') fun. The series often attempts to make connections with pop culture. The fairies' names are chosen carefully so they will match with popular female figures, such as Taylor the Talent Show Fairy, a nod to pop star Taylor Swift.

Series Fiction

The Rainbow Magic series, now boasting more than 100 titles, was created by Working Partners Limited in 2003. Working Partners consists of a team of editors who creates series fiction for publishers. Series fiction is not a new concept, stretching back in the United States at least to the 1920s with the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the company responsible for creating Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, among others. With series fiction, the editors package ideas, usually creating very detailed outlines for book ideas, and then writers turn those outlines, or storylines, into a book. Working Partners is responsible for numerous series, although Rainbow Magic is perhaps their most popular, having sold more than 20 million copies as of 2014. Scholastic, Inc. publishes the series in the United States.

Special Thanks

Neither Working Partners Limited nor the publisher has made a secret of the fact that Daisy Meadows is actually a collective pseudonym, or a pen name used by a number of authors who write the Rainbow Magic books. In the beginning of each book, observant readers can find a clue to the identity of the true author, to whom Special Thanks is given on an opening page. These writers - Linda Chapman, Narinder Dhami, Sue Bentley, and Sue Mongredien - have all enjoyed prolific writing careers, usually under a pseudonym.

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