YMMV / Land of Oz

  • Adaptation Displacement: Tales of the Magic Land, basically an unauthorized Alternate Continuity, is much more popular in the former Soviet Union than the original. Baum versus Volkov is still a major point of contention among Russian Oz/Magic Land fans.
  • Designated Hero: The Wizard of Oz lied to the gullible people of Oz, convincing them that he was a power magician, and declared himself its new ruler, usurping the throne from its rightful king and allowing an evil witch to transform the country's princess into a boy and take him as her servant. He then had the citizens build him the Emerald City and forced them to wear green tinted glasses 24/7 in order to keep up appearances. About two decades later, he would send Dorothy and her friends to kill the Wicked Witch of the West, hoping to either rid himself of the one real threat to his rule of rid himself of the little girl and her friends and not having to grant their wishes. On the whole, his actions make him little better than the Wicked Witches but the books say that he was just a bad wizard and not a bad man and the worst thing to happen to him is Dorothy calling him a humbug.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Patchwork Girl was very popular when she debuted, but nowadays Jack Pumpkinhead has been gaining quite a bit of popularity.
  • Fanon: Since continuity and backstory are pretty vague at best, there have been many attempts by fans to make it more coherent. Sometimes an attempt is good enough to be considered good as canon by fans.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: After the first two books, it's pretty easy to just take your pick of whatever you don't want to consider canon. Baum didn't seem to worry too much about what was canon either.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • In The Tin Woodman of Oz, the Tin Woodman meets his former head in a cupboard. Was that the real Nick Chopper, who was systematically dismembered by the Wicked Witch of the East?
    • The Adult Fear for Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, inherent in Dorothy's disappearance in apparently deadly circumstances, isn't mentioned.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Oz books are more popular overseas than in America.
  • LGBT Fanbase: "Friends of Dorothy" originated with the gay male fanbase for Judy Garland, and Wicked added another surge, so the original books imported a hefty dose of it. It helps that there's a fair amount of Ho Yay and Les Yay in the main cast, and that Ozma spent her first 15 years or so as the incorrect gender.
  • Les Yay: Dorothy and Ozma are rather close.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Oscar Diggs. A third-rate Nebraska con man lands in a magical fairyland. He knows nothing of the land or its customs. He is very much a squishy, not very physically stout, Muggle. Yet, within weeks, using a combination of BS and carny tricks, he has bluffed the four most powerful magic users into standing down in an Enforced Cold War, made himself an undisputed God Emperor, and sold the true heir to the throne into slavery, bespelled as the opposite gender! Baum played this aspect down in later books, but modern adaptations certainly have fun running with it.
  • Mary Suetopia: L. Frank Baum envisioned Oz to be this. Even with Wicked Witches around, Dorothy never had to pay for anything. It gets more explicit in his later books when Ozma assumes the throne and everyone in Oz is granted functional Immortality. For the record, the Oz books don't have any bent toward then-contemporary politics or try to insist on proper way in which to run a county (Ozma's reign could be best described as a benevolent dictatorship), but exist primarily as whimsical escapism.
  • Nausea Fuel: Chopfyt, the final husband of Nick Chopper's (and Captain Fyter's) former sweetheart. He was made from the flesh parts of Nick Chopper and Captain Fyter glued together with the Wicked Witch of the East's flesh glue, along with a tin arm.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Oz books have several instances of this, as does the movie Return to Oz. It's possible to make a complete list of this.
    • How Princess Ozma was found in The Marvelous Land of Oz might qualify.
    • Princess Ozma had Bungle's brains changed to make her more agreeable. (May count as Canon Discontinuity as Bungle has her old brains and attitude back in later books.)
    • The Tin Woodsman's actual origin. Yikes!
      • And what happened to his original body parts (see below and above).
    • The Fountain of Oblivion.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: The Ruth Plumly Thompson books, especially, to counteract the sheer number of Deus ex Machina artifacts Ozma and Glinda have between themselves.
  • The Woobie: Ojo the Unlucky.
    • Nick Chopper himself could qualify. All he wanted was to earn enough money to be a proper husband to his fiancee. The girl's parents didn't like him, so they went to the Witch and got his axe cursed. He chops off limbs, but is lucky enough to have a tinner just pass by at the right moment to rebuild him with metal. Back he goes to work, because he really wanted to marry her. Eventually, his whole body was rebuilt. Why does he want a heart? So he can go back to his girlfriend! He's okay with the placebo the Wizard gives him, but when he finds his girlfriend again? Well, while he was working his tail off (and losing body parts in the process), she was cheating on him with a soldier who got the same curse. The tinner was likely working for the Witch (seeing as she did him some favors like gluing on a severed finger), and has built Frankenstein-style creations of metal and flesh. And Nick's ex-girlfriend married one that was built from both her suitors' curse-amputated parts!
    • Not so much the "girlfriend was cheating on him" part. In fact, Nimmie Aime is a bit of a Woobie herself. Let's see, she lives with an unidentified old woman who allows her to experience nothing but caring for her and doing her chores. She meets and falls in love with sweet and compassionate Nick Chopper, who not only loves her but is going to take her away from this horrible life. She can do nothing as he's slowly dismembered, becoming less and less human, until finally he's entirely made of tin and has no love for her. Then he disappears (first by being rusted in the woods, but once he's freed by Dorothy, he still stays away for years- because the wizard gave him a "caring heart" not a "loving heart," so he didn't see the point in even tracking her down). She moves on, finds another nice Munchkin and falls in love again, only for the exact same thing to happen to him! After that, is it really any surprise that she ends up in a relationship with the Frankensteined amalgamation of her two former lovers' human body parts? He has the personality of the second, but enough similarity to remind her of the happiness she had with the first, he loves her, he stays loyal and treats her well. And even now that she's found love with a stable man, she still needs to live surrounded by an invisible barrier just to feel secure that no one's going to take this one away from her too. And then, after who knows how long of neglect, both her former lovers reappear to tell her, no, we don't still love you, yes, we could have come for you before now but simply couldn't be bothered, and we expect you to commit yourself to a loveless marriage to one of us. Sure, they back off the instant she asks them too, but you have to feel sorry for that poor woman. Chopfyt is the only good thing we ever hear of happening to her that she gets to keep.

See also The Wonderful Wizard of Oz