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Mellow Brick Road, A Wizard of Oz Remix

Way back in the dawn of blog, we included Dorothy on a short list of examples of published, famous Mary Sues, and I noticed some confusion about that. Allow me to explain: as soon as Dorothy appears in Oz, any character who does not immediately fall in love with her and overturn the order of the setting to help her plotline along is not just a bad guy, but the evilest thing to ever evil, and ugly. I’m not saying Dorothy’s character doesn’t work within her genre (because it does), I’m just saying: trope.

Man, now I want to watch The Wizard of Oz.

(via Neatorama.)

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  • Nikki Lincoln

    Except for… Glinda? I mean, I guess you could say she “falls in love” with her in a more platonic sense but it seems like as the “good witch” she’s just doing her job.

    Plus, I’m a big fan of Wicked so I hate saying that the Witch of the West is the “Evilest evil ever and ugly.”  Even without Wicked – do we really have to say she’s ugly?

    Basically, I don’t see it as much of a Mary Sue… There are 2 other main characters who are females plus Dorothy is the lead, not just thrown in there to fill a void.

  • Maverynthia

    Yeah there are a lot more women later in the books, Ozma is one of them.

  • Holland Dougherty

    I tried to find this list of Mary Sues that was mentioned – where is it?  I’d like to read that…