We are still months away from the release of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (it doesn’t go on sale until April 1st) but tomorrow is the release of the 125 page, prequel novella NO PLACE LIKE OZ and to celebrate, we are sharing our favorite versions of The Wizard of Oz.
1. The Wiz
One of the best versions of The Wizard of Oz is and will forever be, THE WIZ.
2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
In Baum’s land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence.
For the musical version keep scrolling!
Scrubs did an entire episode dedicated to Oz, called “My Way Home” and it was pure perfection.
Remember when Zooey Deschanel played Dorothy for a SyFy mini-series? BTW, you can watch the entire thing on Netflix right now.
5. Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books
Did you know that there are 55 ‘Oz’ books in total? After L. Frank Baum’s death, Ruth Plumly Thompson took over the series and wrote one new story for the series each year from 1921 to 1939.
6. Oz The Great and Powerful
It didn’t do so well in the box office, but that didn’t stop us from watching it!
7. Wicked: The Musical
There’s some serious gravity defying going on here.
8. The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz
Supêsu Oz no Bôken was an obscure, early 1990s Japanese anime series that followed the characters from the classic story . . . IN SPACE. (It was dubbed in English and released as The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz.)
In 1935 the Wicked Witch of The West escapes into the world to bring her army to Earth and take over, but Dorothy captures her and is unable to kill her, so she traps herself and the Witch until they are accidentally released in 2013. Dorothy teams up with the Winchester brothers and Charlie Bradbury to stop the Witch.
10. Return to Oz
Before Fairuza Balk had the chance to terrify you in The Craft, she was (kind of) adorable in this 1985 film.
No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige
There’s a new wicked witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This 125-page digital novella is a fresh and edgy sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the prequel to the sassy new epic adventure Dorothy Must Die. No Place Like Oz, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a compellingly original reimagining of a beloved classic.
What are your favorite Oz adaptations?