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It was a thrill for me to write Dorothy Must Die. As a fan of the books, Oz felt like sacred ground. But stepping onto The Yellow Brick Road I saw a million other possibilities stretching out in front of me, some darker and twistier than the Oz we are used to, and I couldn’t resist. Here are some other trips down the Yellow Brick Road that I love.
The Wizard of Oz (1939, movie)
I was smitten from the very first notes of “Over the Rainbow.” The movie is just perfection. I have seen it so many times it’s almost embarrassing. It’s epic and timeless. And I still literally stop whatever I’m doing and watch when I see it on screen, because it’s just that good.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of The West (1995, book)
Love! I bow to Gregory Maguire! Recasting the Wicked Witch of the West as truly misunderstood, instead of evil, was just a stroke of genius. And the musical is just as satisfying. (I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Just a fabulous production.)
Return to Oz (1985, movie)
It borrows so many deliciously creepy and quirky details from the Baum Books and makes up some new ones of its own. Seeing Mombi and her closet of interchangeable heads floored me.
Tin Man (2007, tv miniseries)
The adorable Zooey Deschanel as DG, a descendant of Dorothy, drawn into the SyFy miniseries version of Oz complete with androids and a shape-shifting Toto! One complaint: not a stitch of gingham on Zooey!
The Wiz (1978, movie)
Just total 70’s fun! Oz looks a lot like New York City. It’s star studded and unapologetic with a young Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Diana Ross as Dorothy, and Sidney Lumet directing. And try to get the songs out of your head. “Ease on Down the Road” is so catchy. And “Home” is just one of my all time favorites. (When Kristin Chenoweth sang it on Glee a few years ago, I was so happy!)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013, movie)
I love a prequel, and this one's visually stunning as well. The character of the Wizard has always fascinated me. He is a study of reinvention—figuring out what makes him tick and how he navigates the world of Oz with a slippery moral compass is inspiring.
Dorothy Must Die was a highly anticipated book for me, and it ended up being a huge disappointment. The characters and the relationships between characters were severely... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by manduhpaigereads
My 11 year old spotted this book at a local bookstore and we immediately bought the whole series. It sounded so good, and I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ambelote
Wow, this book totally surprised me! After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant but this book was awesome! The twists in it completely took me by surprise! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Allison
I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down, I finished the whole book in one day. the book surprised me (in a good way), I wasn't expecting a lot of things that happened to... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Samantha
I enjoyed the concept, but have felt that this was written for a younger audience. However, I still find myself analyzing the characters and will read the next book.Published 18 days ago by William Smallwood
A brilliant spin on the original story! It takes you on an adventure and inside the emerald palace. It's no longer wicked or good but right or wrong.Published 18 days ago by Elizabeth