Category Archives: Characters

What’s the Punishment for Puns?

It’s well-known that L. Frank Baum was a notorious punster, and some of the authors who continued the Oz series were even worse in that respect. Puns are delivered in several different ways in the books, some being delivered intentionally … Continue reading

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When Humor and Anti-Humor Collide

I found this post by Amy to be interesting, as I think we have similar senses of humor in many respects, and I’m somewhat fascinated by the concept of anti-humor. I’ve never come across the “No soap, radio!” joke in … Continue reading

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Frustration Quest

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, so I figured I should write something Oz-related, but I’ve probably covered just about every possible topic when it comes to Baum’s creation. I was thinking recently, however, about how I usually say The … Continue reading

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The Second Most Dangerous Game

I would have to suspect that, in a land in which practically all animals can talk, humans killing and eating them would pretty much disappear. Perhaps strangely, however, there are a few mentions of human hunters in Oz. They’re most … Continue reading

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I Wanted Eternal Youth, But Not THAT Much Youth!

I remembered having read this Oz story before, but I forgot where I’d seen it. It’s an interesting take on the issue of aging in Oz, which I’ve tackled in the past without any definite conclusions. L. Frank Baum says … Continue reading

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The Pink Saving the Blue

I had suggested back in this post, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that L. Frank Baum’s Sky Island could count as a white savior narrative, as the white American travelers save the island (or at least the Blue Country) from … Continue reading

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Insect Aside

L. Frank Baum is never entirely clear on whether ALL animals in Oz can talk, or whether animals eat each other there. For instance, are insects there sentient? Well, the Wogglebug is, but that’s after he’s been Highly Magnified and … Continue reading

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