Somewhere Over the Rainbow

As I sit here tonight, I look around and ponder where I am.  My first thought is of Dorothy.  You see, The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, has been my favorite book for as long as I can remember.  I have the book in at least 4 different versions or formats – including a graphic novel version that is just beautiful.  I own both the 70th and 75th Anniversary editions of the classic 1939 film, starring Judy Garland.

While the original Oz canon is amazing, I have also read (and re-read, and re-read…) many of the “twists” in the story.  I have all four books in Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series.  I think his writing delves into the other side of the Wicked Witch of the West that truly makes me question if someone is bound to their label.  I’ve seen Wicked the Musical 4 times.  In the summer of 2015 I took myself to see it and ended up in a front row seat!

I’ve also read the prequels and novels in the Dorothy Must Die series, by Danielle Paige.  (Warning – this series contains some PG-13 language.)  Paige returns us to an Oz in upheaval after Dorothy has returned and become a bit wicked herself.

To me, reading is a chance to explore another world, make new friends, ask questions about the unknown, and return to our world with a perspective that has shifted.  I love to go into other worlds.  The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling.  The historical fiction worlds of ancient Rome.  The futuristic world of Douglas Adams.  However, I always find that I return to Oz.  To that land that is Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

I hope that this blog is a chance for me to continue to reflect on these many, many worlds that I visit.  I hope to be more conscious of the lessons that I learn in these worlds.  I invite you to share your thoughts with me and ask questions.  The best part of reading is sharing it with a friend.

I am now off.  To Oz.  To Wonderland.  To Reading.

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4 thoughts on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow

  1. It’s so cool that you love Oz too, I’ve read all of the books and it’s my favorite book series! I have also read the graphic novels as well! I love how true they stay to the originals. Did you ever watch the 1985 movie “Return to Oz”? I always loved it as a child.

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  2. What a lovely post! Wizard of Oz was always my favorite movie when I was a child, and I finally read the book a few years ago. I was so surprised! It’s really very different from the movie. I have been wanting to read more in the series–Baum wrote so many Oz books–but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe this semester? I have heard great things about the Dorothy Must Die series from one of my favorite book bloggers, Katie, who blogs at http://bookish-illuminations.com/.

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    1. I saw, on one of the special features documentaries of the movie, that Baum actually did not want to write any sequels. He would get the proceeds from a book and use it to invest in other projects. However, each time his family needed more money, he would have to write another book. It seems that he dreaded being forever linked to Oz.

      The Dorothy Must Die series is pretty cool. Fair warning: it does contain some PG-13 language! I’m not sure what the target audience is for this series. Something I should consider investigating?

      Have you read the graphic novel version(s) of the Oz tales? They are written and illustrated by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young. They are pretty faithful to the source material, but I love the artwork in these!

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