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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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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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Before the Umbrella

Much of the plot of Speedy in Oz takes place on Umbrella Island, a land that flies through the air under the power of a magical umbrella. We’re told that this was not always the case, however. According to Waddy, … Continue reading

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Peter vs. Speedy

Most of the young Americans who journeyed to Oz in L. Frank Baum’s books were girls, with Button-Bright being the major exception. In Ruth Plumly Thompson’s books, however, more American boys made their way into Oz. The first such was … Continue reading

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The Ozfathers

Happy Father’s Day! I know I usually make Oz posts on Mondays and Tuesdays, but I’m posting this today in honor of the holiday. It’s a list of fathers in the Oz series, not comprehensive by any means, but hopefully … Continue reading

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