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Crossover Oz is a notable subgenre of alternate Oz that usually incorperates other fairy tale characters and settings with those from Oz.

Some entries are based on many fairy tale characters interacting with one another such as Once Upon a Time, Fables, and Grimm Fairy Tales.

The most common single pairing is with Wonderland as there is the Oz-Wonderland series, The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles,The Oz/Wonderland War, along with the upcoming book The Red Queen of Oz.

Another common pairing is Neverland as the 4th and 5th book in the Oz-Wonderland series are entitled The Marvelous Neverland of Oz and Peter of Oz respectfully. There is also the comic book series Peter Pan and the Warlords of Oz.

The reason for these pairings is usually comparative and perhaps competition between fairy tales regarding their different well developed characters and worlds. Back in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the different stories faced competition in the market as they do today. Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, Andrew Lang was writing English translations of foreign fairy tales from 1889-1913, and J. M. Barrie wrote the play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up in 1904 before turning it into the novel Peter and Wendy in 1911.

As with the title of his 1901 book American Fairy Tales, L. Frank Baum focused on creating a unqiue sort of stories in order to compete with these British based examples. He wrote fairy tale stories starting with Mother Goose in Prose in 1897 until his last Oz book Glinda of Oz published in 1920.

Notes

  • Some of the entries are quite similar enough so that it may lead to confusion as:
    • Almost all include numberous worlds that can be visited as for how Oz can connect to other places such as Earth and Wonderland.
    • Fables and Once Upon a Time are both based on characters being banished from their realms
    • Dorothy has a violent vendetta with Cinderella in the miniseries Cinderella: Fables are Forever, while Cinderella becomes a "serial killer" within the Grimm Fairy Tale timeline.

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