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Fandom: Oz

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).


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

News/Announcements:
oz_rapsheet (currently the main spot on LJ for Oz fandom announcements)

Discussion/Resources:
oz_interaction
ozfaq
ozrecs
life_in_oz
survivethis

Fanfiction:
ozslash
genpop
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)

Icons:
oz_icons

Actor-specific:
Christopher Meloni (Chris Keller)
tietuckluv (also an SVU community)
meloniarmy

Lee Tergesen (Tobias Beecher)
lee_love
leespeeps
tergesen_web

Dean Winters (Ryan O'Reily)
welovedean

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
Tags: overview, oz
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