ByChase Ricks, writer at
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An adaptation of the hit musical 'Wicked', which is inspired by the classic stories of Oz, is currently in the works. But what about adaptations of L Frank Baum's novels?

"The Wizard of Oz" has been around a very long time. The book series itself is currently over a century old, but only a few of these books have become movies or plays. The magic and wonder of this beautiful series has always been one of my favorites since I was a child so I was delighted upon becoming an adult to begin reading the books at my currently then local public library. There are a total of thirteen by the original author, L Frank Baum.

  • "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
  • Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (1905, comic strip depicting 27 stories)
  • The Woggle-Bug Book (1905)
  • Ozma of Oz (1907)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
  • The Road to Oz (1909)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz (1913, collection of 6 short stories)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
  • The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
  • The Magic of Oz (1919, posthumously published)
  • Glinda of Oz (1920, posthumously published)
  • The Royal Book of Oz (1921, posthumous attribution—entirely the work of Ruth Plumly Thompson) "

I feel the time has come for the ones not yet made into movies to have their chance.

The Wizard of Oz is based upon his first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and it is very good despite the fact the Wicked Witch of the West doesn't even have any scenes in the book until after Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion have already met, made their way to Oz and been assigned the task of killing her so they can receive their long wanted dreams of going home, a brain, a heart and courage. Yes, I said killing her, as in the book that is what Oz tells them to assist Dorothy in doing while in the movie he only tells her to steal her broom.

The rest of these books not only recount the rest of the adventures of Dorothy, Glinda, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and Oz the Wizard but many wonderful new heroes and villains and kingdoms beyond imagination. Unfortunately, we may never get to see these amazing stories become movies. However, I urge everyone to spend the coming winter and spring reading this collection and let yourself wonder "What lies over the Rainbow".


Would you watch the other stories of Oz on the big screen?



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