I’ve always loved reading a different author’s take on an established idea or world; I guess it comes back to my love of adaptation in general. One of the best examples of this in recent years has been Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series based on Frank L . Baum’s classic Oz books. The fourth and final volume is out now, Out of Oz:
” Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy. Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.”
How good does that sound?? I think it also speaks to my love of deconstruction and giving a relatively simple children’s book a more adult, political & complex edge. In a sense “adultifying” something from your youth helps you to re-experience it with a new sense of satisfaction, while still giving you that nostalgia hit. Does anyone else get that feeling?
Here’s the awesome trailer for it. Stirring music also helps get me going!