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by aleesha. (foxxcub)
at January 14th, 2007 (11:32 am)
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A Newbie's Guide to Oz

Before there was Carrie Bradshaw and her shoes, before Tony Soprano introduced us to his family, there was Oz, a no-holds-barred drama about life inside Oswald Maximum Security State Penitentiary. Creator Tom Fontana was given free reign by HBO to make his prison drama as realistic as he wanted, which meant little to nothing was left to the imagination in regards to violence, rape, racial tensions, and swearing. The show ran from 1997 to 2003 and set the standard for future ground-breaking HBO dramas.

Because the cast of Oz is so large and is mostly compiled from a pool of New York-based actors, several of these actors are often seen on various other New York-based television shows, namely the Law & Order franchise, especially Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Much of the Oz fandom tends to spill over into the SVU fandom, but for this list I’ll only be including Oz resources (although some of these communities welcome crossover links/discussion/fic and the like, but be sure to check the user info).

An Overview at crack_van by rowanfairchild
Beecher/Keller essay at ship_manifesto by frelling_tralk

oz_rapsheet (currently the main spot on LJ for Oz fandom announcements)


hardtime100 (for drabble/flash fiction challenges only)
oz_magi (The Oz Christmas fic exchange)
oz_wishing_well (a community for fic requests)
secret_ids (an anonymous fiction challenge)


Christopher Meloni (Chris Keller)
tietuckluv (also an SVU community)

Lee Tergesen (Tobias Beecher)

Dean Winters (Ryan O'Reily)

Outside Livejournal:
Cell Block 5 (i.e. C5), The original Oz Fanfiction Archive (a lot of classic fic is housed here)
Unit B, the most up-to-date fiction archive
The Offical HBO Oz Website
The Bleeding Shamrock, a Ryan O'Reily-centric fanfiction archive
The Full Story, a complete chronological synopsis of the Beecher/Keller relationship
Twisted Sisterhood, a Yahoo group for Beecher/Keller fans
TSFX, the fiction-only adjunct to the TS Yahoo list
The B/K Bin, providing links, screencaps, and video
The Sincerest Flattery, an archive of fiction written in the style of another author or genre

If I missed anything, please let me know. Don't shank me. :)

Updated 3/7/07


Posted by: lost2mercy (lost2mercy)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hot Chocolate. Credit: daphne121

Oh, thank you! Having just recently discovered this fandom, and having actually only seen bits and pieces (and never a full episode) of this show, I really appreciate this.

Posted by: Riley C. (rileyc)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)

Well I was going to say you're missing the C5 archive -- but apparently the C5 archive is missing. :( That sucks, since that's the only place to find some classic Oz fic.

Otherwise, this looks good.

Posted by: aleesha. (foxxcub)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
b/k new year's by tobey_babey

C5 is under construction as the webmistress switches it over to another server. Once it's back up and running, I'll add it to the list. :)

Posted by: fiona (fiona_squid)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)

I have four words words: Thank God for HBO. ♥

Posted by: blackchaps (blackchaps)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Chris city by me

How about Diane's site that lists all the other sites? It's good for finding fanfiction. Good job for doing this!

Posted by: aleesha. (foxxcub)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
b/k count by makesomelove

*face palm*

Of course, how could I forget the B/K Bin? I'm a bad fangirl!

Posted by: blackchaps (blackchaps)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)

Uh, yeah, but, um, the other one, uh, give me a sec -


This one! lol

Posted by: luci_2 (luci_2)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)

I think perhaps you could mention two more sites : Secret Identities LJ and The Sincerest Flattery.

There were two Challenges at the Secret Identities, one in May and another in October 2004. There were some fantastic fics. Some you may have read : they were archived later at UnitB or TS. But some are only there, like 'Patience', one of the last OZ fics by the great Dargie ( Dargelos ).

The first challenge started with an entry in April 14, 2004 and the fics were posted on May 12:

The second entry started with an entry in August 30 and the fics were posted on
October 3:

There's also The Sincerest Flattery site:

Riley's One for my Baby has 8 chapters there. She has posted several related snippets at her LJ and says she hopes to continue the main fic.

Diane's The Emerald Glade has 5 chapters posted there. Diane said recently she hopes to return to that fic.

Kaynyne's Fallen has only 2 chapters posted. She's up to chapter 7 at her LJ and said she's going to write more.
I really don't know if the five missing chapters at the Flattery site aren't there because Kaynyne didn' send the link or if it is because Actizera ( now Kitestringer ) left the OZ fandom. I don't believe she would abandon the site.

Posted by: aleesha. (foxxcub)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
B/K works of mercy by chureeze

Thanks for the heads up! I've added the links. :)

Posted by: angharadd (angharadd)
Posted at: January 15th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot for this overview! I've only come to the fandom recently, so this essay is really helpful!

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