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Books Within Books

One of Robert Pattrick’s essays in Unexplored Territory in Oz, “Books in Oz,” discusses just what it sounds like. It’s interesting to examine what books characters IN books read. Since fantasy adventure stories often don’t have a lot of down … Continue reading

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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Curses

While children’s media obviously tend not to contain many actual curse words, characters in them do often use milder swears. Sometimes they’re as simple as minced oaths like “darn” and “heck,” but other writers get much more creative. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Everybody Gets a Crown

Someone recently asked me whether Betsy Bobbin and Trot were ever made princesses within the Oz series. L. Frank Baum never gives them this title, and neither does Ruth Plumly Thompson in her earlier books, but she does in later … Continue reading

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Southern Hozpitality

Now we turn to the Quadling Country, literally the “little four” country. The name suggests that it’s the fourth of the main Oz countries to be united. It’s probably at least partially inspired by the Southern United States, which explains … Continue reading

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The Royal Ships of Oz

While I don’t think shipping has ever been quite as common for Oz as for many other fandoms, it’s definitely been gaining prominence as of late. Not surprisingly, one of the main targets is the beautiful and powerful Ozma, who … Continue reading

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Neill vs. Herring, Part 3: We’ve Got Thompson Covered

When writing my recent post on video game cover art, I remembered I was doing something similar with the Oz books six years ago, but never finished. I suppose it’s better late than never, so in hopes that you won’t … Continue reading

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The Single Dads’ Club

When I wrote about Princess Peach’s father, I noted that it’s pretty common in fiction for kings to have young, strong-willed daughters who are only children, and for the mother to be nowhere in sight. Rebecca pointed out that a … Continue reading

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Oz-Crossed Lovers

L. Frank Baum was known to have said that he didn’t want romance or “mawkish sentimentality” in his children’s stories. Of course, Baum was also known for breaking pretty much every writing rule he came up with, but he was … Continue reading

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Don’t Pester the Jester

Continuing with the April Fools’ theme, I thought I’d look at some court fools in the Oz series. There’s some overlap here with the poets and rhymers. For instance, the Rhyming Dictionary was the Book of Royalty’s jester until he … Continue reading

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