Dorothy Must Die – Fantasy Friday

Dorothy Must Die - Fantasy Friday

In Dorothy Must Die, we meet Amy Gumm a misfit girl from Kansas, who gets sucked up into a tornado that takes her to Oz. Just like another girl we all know.

Once she arrives, Amy realizes that Oz, and the people who live there, are nothing like the place and characters she always read about.

This Dorothy is nothing like the Dorothy Gale from the original series, even though she is suppose to be the same one. This Dorothy is a tyrannical bitch, who is ruling Oz. The Scarecrow is a mad scientist. The Tin Woodman is in love with Dorothy, and the leader of her army. The Cowardly Lion is a bully, who terrorizes everyone. And The Wicked Witches, well, maybe they’re not so wicked after all.

Dorothy Must Die is basically Wizard of Oz fanfiction. And what makes it work is that Amy Gumm is no Mary Sue.

Amy is funny and flawed and sometimes she fails. She is fun to root for and completely relatable. I mean who hasn’t feared their wicked side taking control? Or at least the things you like least about yourself taking control? Amy is a fighter, who in her own words had “never given up, even when it might have been the smartest thing to do.” It’s why I like her so much.

I’ve only read Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise. I haven’t read any of the prequels yet. Amy is why I enjoy the books, so I’m not sure I want to read the prequels. Though it might be interesting to see how Dorothy becomes evil. Her transformation was one of the hardest parts of the books for me to swallow. I couldn’t make the connection from the Dorothy I know from the books and movies to this one. And sometimes it was hard to take her seriously as a villain when she’s running around in blue and white gingham ball gowns.

In spite of that, both books were fun and quick reads. Danielle Paige is an interesting author. I enjoyed the dark magic that she brought to Oz.

If you’re a fan of the Wizard of Oz, and don’t mind dark re-tellings of your favorite books, you’ll enjoy Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise too.

Have you read this series? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Fantasy Friday is a weekly feature where I share my thoughts on sci-fi/fantasy movies, books, TV shows, websites, etc.

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