ozaline: Ozma from Skottie Young and Eric Shanower's Ozma of Oz comic adaptation (Ozma)
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Erin Ptah of But I'm a Cat Person. Did an adaptation of a scene where L Frank Baum addresses a rather large plot hole in the Oz books, and it only took him eight books to do it. I'll let Baum set the scene:


As they turned away Betsy said wonderingly:

"Do all the animals in Oz talk as we do?"

"Almost all," answered Dorothy. "There's a Yellow Hen here, and she can talk, and so can her chickens; and there's a Pink Kitten upstairs in my room who talks very nicely; but I've a little fuzzy black dog, named Toto, who has been with me in Oz a long time, and he's never said a single word but 'Bow-wow!'"

"Do you know why?" asked Ozma.

"Why, he's a Kansas dog; so I s'pose he's different from these fairy animals," replied Dorothy.

"Hank isn't a fairy animal, any more than Toto," said Ozma, "yet as soon as he came under the spell of our fairyland he found he could talk. It was the same way with Billina, the Yellow Hen whom you brought here at one time. The same spell has affected Toto, I assure you; but he's a wise little dog and while he knows everything that is said to him he prefers not to talk."

"Goodness me!" exclaimed Dorothy. "I never s'pected Toto was fooling me all this time." Then she drew a small silver whistle from her pocket and blew a shrill note upon it. A moment later there was a sound of scurrying footsteps, and a shaggy black dog came running up the path.


Tik Tok of Oz
Chapter 25: The Land of Love
L. Frank Baum





Speak, Toto by ErinPtah on DeviantArt

Date: 2016-08-03 03:05 am (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
On the other hand, Dorothy's cat Eureka chose to speak in Oz, but probably shouldn't have.

Date: 2016-08-05 05:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jaybee3
Once Eureka started talking, Dorothy should have figured it out about Toto without being told. Sometimes Baum seemed to make her denser with each book.

Date: 2016-08-03 03:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reveen
Toto's a cairn terrier and he does whatever the fuck he wants.

Date: 2016-08-04 09:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Oh hey, Erin Ptah, the artist responsible for the single most awesome reference my work has ever gotten! It's so cool seeing work from Ptah up here.

Date: 2016-08-05 05:08 pm (UTC)
jaybee3: Nguyen Lil Cass (Default)
From: [personal profile] jaybee3
Baum was not that great a plotter (and it got worse as the series went on and he cared less). And he did a LOT of retconning of his own work (i.e. no one dies in Oz now or the Wizard wasn't responsible for kidnapping baby Ozma though we were told earlier he was). On the flip side, so many plot holes gave future Oz writers (and fanfic writers) leeway to explain almost anything.

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