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20 September 2004 @ 04:45 pm
Fandoms I Have Loved 8: Oz  
I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to Oz, I know nothing. But when has that ever stopped me before? Roll on with the FIHL, and if I get it wrong, hey, just tell me so.

Oz is a TV show. About a maximum-security prison. That did its damnedest to show prison life the way it really is. And it was written by Tom Fontana. This is all the warning any sane person should require; translated, it says "do not watch Oz or read Oz FF." I've managed to avoid watching the show, but I've succumbed to the fic, albeit in a horror-show, hands-over-the-eyes, reading-between-my-fingers kind of way.



I don't do TV. The thought of prison life makes me woozy. And I hate Tom Fontana because he is the greatest living practitioner of character assassination (literal and figurative) and fan betrayal. See, the thing is, Fontana creates fantastic characters, characters it's easy to like or love or at least stare at (or read about) in endless fascination. And then, when he's got you, when you can't look away, he rapes them.

In Homicide, the rape was figurative. In Oz, it's literal.

Rape of any kind makes me seriously, seriously sick.

But I read this fandom anyway. Why? Well, when you take the props of civilization and sanity away from men, you get Oz. And when you take the props of civilization and sanity away from FF writers, you get some superlative fic.

Oz writers are the disadvantaged youths of the fannish world; their options are limited and their opportunities are few. Their guys can't date. Can't spend time together when they want and can't get away from each other when they need to. Can't ever be safe or secure or simply in love. These men are observed 24/7 by psychopaths and killers and sick, twisted fucks, and I'll leave you to guess which of those are the guards and which are the inmates. The characters live in a place with glass walls and fluorescent lights and cameras everywhere. They can't do the usual kind of kink, because they don't have access to sex toys or (private use) handcuffs or fetish gear, but every sexual encounter is BDSM anyway. Even lube is a problem for Oz writers. So Oz fic is written inside a strange auctorial prison, and the way good FF works around that prison is a wonder to behold. Seriously, it's worth seeing what such major limitations can do to great writers, even if the universe and pretty much everyone in it squicks you.

-The Characters-
There are a lot of characters in this show. A lot. But for the sake of space and sanity, I'm going to restrict this list, and the fics that follow, to the major characters involved in the show's most popular – and canon – pairing. But please do keep in mind that each show consisted of many plot lines that involved none of these people. And also keep in mind that Beecher/Keller is simply the beginner's pairing in this fandom; there's lots of other great fic, including gen and het, which last one is particularly impressive when you consider how few women there were in this show.

TOBIAS BEECHER was an alcoholic, a lawyer, a slightly fucked-up but eminently normal man. He drove drunk, struck and killed a little girl named Kathy (or Cathy) Rockwell, and got sentenced to 15 years in Oz. I guess you could say that was the start of his downward spiral. Yes, things get substantially worse for him than merely killing a kid. I mean, he gets raped, he gets a swastika burned onto his ass, he gets humiliated, his wife commits suicide, his kids get abducted, one of his kids is murdered – are you starting to grasp the nature of Fontana's madness now? It should be no surprise at all that, before long, Beecher shares the madness; among his other Notable Prison Achievements, he bites off part of someone's penis, shits on someone's face, and, alongside Keller, wins, hands-down, the Drama Queen of All Time Award, competing in the doubles category.

VERN SCHILLINGER is the man who proved to Tobias Beecher that committing accidental manslaughter is really, in the scheme of things, not all that bad, at least compared to the things that can happen to you after that. He's a white supremacist; he heads up the Aryan Brotherhood in Oz. He's responsible for more than half the bad things that happen to Beecher: the rapes, for example, and the kidnapping and murder of his son. He's also responsible for one of the good things that happened to Beecher. If, in fact, you can consider Chris Keller a good thing.

CHRISTOPHER KELLER is a killer, a con-man, and a sociopath. Or he's a con-man and a killer with carefully constructed armor who found that the single chink in that armor was named Tobias Beecher. The fic goes both ways on this - and, in fact, in a lot more ways than just those two. I, myself, view him as manipulative, deceitful, and slick, but honestly in love with Beecher despite his own wishes and his own best interests. I also see him as just one of the many characters Tom Fontana has destroyed with his "twistiest twist that ever twisted" approach to plotting. I figure if Fontana can create 11 million versions of each of his characters purely for effect, I'm entitled to choose the edition I like the best, and I like my Keller fucked up but not beyond redemption.

-The Plot-
I'll be honest. I have no fucking clue. It's six seasons of Tom Fontana's neuroses on display, is what it is, and people get raped and stabbed and fucked and fucked over and broken and healed and then broken again. And there's a hell of a lot of nudity (for a TV show) and not nearly enough consensual gay sex. I know that much, but I actually don't know anything, because take just Keller and Beecher. These guys go through every possible plot development FF writers could think of in the canon except maybe marriage and MPreg. (Actually, one of the things I love about this fandom is that the fic doesn't pull shit like that as often as in other fandoms, even if that's all the virgin territory Tom Fontana left for fic writers.)

Helpful Information for the Oz Newbie


-Where to Start If You Don't Know the Canon-
Well, the crack_van Fandom Summary is always good. But if you actually want to unravel any part of the plot, you'll need way more than that. Luckily, there is way more than that.

TV Tome's Oz Guide is very thorough; you can get anything from an overview to character details to episode guides here. The episode guides are particularly good.

Shank You Very Much is a fan-oriented site that's especially useful for the transcripts. But don't go looking for a transcript until you're damn sure that you can't find out what you need to know from a summary; the summaries are more coherent and easier to follow without having seen the show.

-Where to Start with Oz Fan Fiction-

First, know that you read at your own risk. Fic in this fandom doesn't pull any punches. Even fluff, Oz-style, still features more brutality per square inch than everything I've ever rec'd in due South, and schmoop, Oz-style, is something that lasts for four minutes during a marathon lockdown and that happens in between blows to the face. Caveat lectrix, sweeties.

And here's a warning in the opposite direction. Oz fic can truly be absolutely brutal. But I'm already seriously out of my comfort zone with this fandom, so I tend to avoid pieces that are enthusiastically described as "just like being shanked in the shoulder by someone you love!" or "even Fontana never went here" or "after you read this, you'll know how the Schillinger treatment feels – firsthand." So I tend to go for the stories that have – well, not happy endings, per se, because this is Oz, after all. It's just that I try to stay away from the eternal midnight end of the darkfic spectrum. So be aware that there are some great, great stories out there in this fandom that you'll never see me rec.

"I Didn't Want to Fuck You, but You're Pretty When You Cry": A Beecher/Keller Primer: Vid: Pretty When You Cry, by lierdumoa. I've never recommended a vid before, and there's a reason for that; this is one of only two vids that I've ever considered worth keeping on my hard drive. And oh how worth it this one is. If you're planning to spend any time at all reading in this fandom, you need this vid; it's five seasons of Beecher/Keller craziness packed into four minutes. Here you'll see the good (the laundry room kiss), the bad (most of the rest of the relationship, although I think the arm-breaking wrestling scene probably has to rank high on the "bad" list), and the ugly (Toby's OMG so scary save me save me save me facial hair, if you can even call that hair). The song choice is perfect. Hell, the entire vid is pretty much perfect. And after you've seen this, you'll know almost everything you need to know to read B/K. So watch it. (And be a good little vid watcher and save the file on your computer; don't watch it on her bandwidth. Apart from anything else, you'll want this one saved. Truly you will.)

Blasphemy and Buttsex Make a Delightful Combination: A Beecher/Keller Sex Scene: Zipless, by rowanfairchild. What's the first thing anyone wants to read in a new fandom? Well, if that person is a reader of this LJ, probably porn. Preferably cheerful porn that doesn't require a lot of detailed knowledge of the four seasons that precede the action. So I give you this, Rowan Fairchild's mildly blasphemous but otherwise absolutely buoyant Oz porn. I have in my notes on this one "light-hearted and cheerful," which is because they have sex, they're glad, and the last line actually made me laugh. I mean, if it wasn't for the guards, the nun, and the unfortunate behavior of some of the inmates toward the copy machine, you wouldn't even know it was prison. (Because Tobias Beecher types get fucked by Chris Keller types all the time. Right?)

When You Play with Keller, You'd Better Know You're Playing to Lose: Beecher and Keller and a Little Game: Two Truths and a Lie, by Adastra fictionbya. Another story that gets you to the heart of Beecher/Keller, or at least as near as you can get to the heart of the relationship at this particular moment in the canon. There are things Keller can't say without having an out. A lot of things. Keller doesn't like being pinned down, can't stand being totally honest. And there are things Beecher needs to hear absolutely, no outs, no take-backs, no lies. This story is a lovely piece of B/K interaction. Beecher pushes. Keller twists. No one wins. But no one exactly loses, either, which is what makes this one of those stories I can read and even rec, instead of one of those stories that leaves Beecher maimed and despairing and Keller dying and despairing and me baking comfort food and despairing.
 
 
 
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tried to eat the safe banana: Kiss - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 20th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
OK, see, you don't get to call Fontana an asshole. Because it's your fault I read anything in any Fontana fandom; you got me started on Homicide: the Only Fandom Where Gen Is My Primary Reading Interest. You *made* me read it. You made me love it. All because you loved it first.

Oh, wait. So I guess that gives you even more right than me to call Fontana an asshole. Especially since you, you know, watched the show, and worse, did it as it was being broadcast, meaning that you couldn't decide to stop watching just before everything fell apart. Carry on, then; the scheduled Fontana flamefest begins every hour on the hour and lasts for one hour precisely.

And, yeah, "Outsmarting Them" is fabulous. Scary, but fabulous. I just thought my friends would feel more comfortable in the Oz millieu if gay sex was involved.
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Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on September 20th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll read it, because you told me to, but in order to do that, I have to know: which one is Beecher, and which one is Keller?
fictionbya: Oz - The worst stab wound...fictionbya on September 20th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)

Lookit icon... the one in front is Beecher and the one in the back is Keller.
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fictionbya: Oz - Good to be bad.fictionbya on September 20th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)

Came here by way of seeing that I had been friended...

I hear you on the Fontana pain. Watching season 6 Oz is like watching season 7 Homicide... a big OMGWTFBBQ. But still glad to be in Oz fandom and work in a fucked up, claustraphobic, dangerous fictional world. I think it is the darkest show I've ever seen, but also the most compelling.


Anyway, cool to get rec'd. Thank ye :)
tried to eat the safe banana: b&w sex universal fandom - MMWDthefourthvine on September 21st, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'm finding I just don't have the icons to deal with commenting about this fandom. But I'm forging ahead.

And, eeeeyeah. Fontana is one of those men who would be so, so much better and happier with massive doses of sedative-hypnotics and neuroleptics. I, myself, do not acknowledge Oz Season 6 (or Homicide Season 7, and I've only got a limited willingness to acknowledge anything that actually happened during BtVS Season 6 OR 7 - which leads me to wonder if there's some serious mojo on shows that make it past their fifth season, but that's all another story). Canon-free fandom allows me to make these choices. In my world, Oz ended at Season 5. It makes me feel much, much happier, let me tell you.

So my sincere sympathies to you on actually having to watch the freaking thing. Reading a summary of it was bad enough. And my sincere accolades and plaudits to you for having the bravery to a) write in such a dark and dangerous world b) watch a show written by Tom "Character Fucker" Fontana and c) face all of Season 6. Eeeeeeee.

You write great fic, by the way. And *thank you* for setting up your website (at long last, I'm obliged to say) so that I can actually read it all in one place.
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Iphiginia Saberhagen: Lexfanofall on September 20th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, um, I have more questions. And, really, these are posted to the floor for anyone to answer.

Is Law&Order:SVU just, like, the retirement home for people who used to be on Oz but aren't anymore?

Actually, now that I think about it, the rest of my questions are plot-related and thefourthvine will just have to put up with my asking them via e-mail so I don't spoil those of you who, like me, are Not Familiar With Oz. Although, apparently we should be. :-D
tried to eat the safe banana: batman - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 21st, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Woman, you know I love you. So it is with love that I am asking: have you lost your freaking mind? You're going to ask plot questions of me, the original clueless slut?

Although, actually, much time spent in the Oz fandom has given me a toolkit almost equal to the job of discovering and sometimes even understanding plot aspects without, you know, watching the show. (I'm fairly sure watching the show would melt the Best Beloved's brain, meaning I'd never even get as far as seeing a single episode, plus I'd have a brain-melted BB, so that's out.) So if you have plot questions, feel free to email 'em to me, and if I can't answer 'em, I'll point you toward those who can.

But as for the whole Law&Order:SVU question, it beats the shit out of me, frankly. I'd never even heard of it until you mentioned it.

Although preliminary investigations would seem to indicate that only three people on the show were also on Oz: Meloni (Keller), Wong (Mukada), and Winters (O'Reily). Although you add in one Homicide alumnus, Belcher (Munch), and it does start to look like they cast the show mostly from their repeated home viewings of Fontana's works. Let's hope nothing else Fontanish rubbed off on them.
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rowanfairchild on September 21st, 2004 03:34 am (UTC)
Wow, you've got a nice little operation going here! Hello, and thanks muchly for the rec. Always nice to see others take the long slide into OZ. *g*

And, can I just tell you how much I adore your description of OZ fanfic writers as "the disadvantaged youths of the fannish world"? LOL. Though I have to say for my own part, I find the constrictions of OZ canon to be curiously liberating.

Anyway, thanks again, and I'm enjoying reading your commentary.

:-)
tried to eat the safe banana: Love reading - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 21st, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
And, can I just tell you how much I adore your description of OZ fanfic writers as "the disadvantaged youths of the fannish world"?

Thank you. It's from the heart; sometimes I feel that we ought to go LJ-to-LJ collecting cliches and plot devices for those poor, disadvantaged Ozfen. And then I go back to the fic, and I think, well, they're doing pretty well on their own. And I decide to save the charitable efforts for the tiny, tiny fandoms.

Always nice to see others take the long slide into OZ.

I'm not! I'm not! It's just a short visit, really, and I can leave any time I want to. I'm not actually in the Oz fandom, just admiring it from the edges. Not! Not! Not!
Kasskassrachel on September 21st, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
Back when we got HBO, we flipped to Oz one day unknowingly. And saw Keller getting a blowjob, and then twisting the neck of the guy who gave it to him and leaving him dead on the floor. I went from "Guh -- you can do that on televsion?" to "Gaaaah! I didn't want to see that!" in about four seconds. That's pretty much Oz in a nutshell.

I only managed to watch for about a season. The thing is, it was one of the best-written shows I'd seen in a long time. It was absurd. There's this guy called the Poet, in a wheelchair, who narrated about half the episodes. There's this priest. Oh, man, there are so many of them and they are so fucked-up and it doesn't shy away from anything.

But in the end it was too dark for me. It was like a bad addiction. And then we relinquished HBO and Showtime and used that dough to get a Netflix subscription, and that was the end of my short but horrible fixation with Oz. :-)
tried to eat the safe banana: Vegetable fearthefourthvine on September 21st, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
And saw Keller getting a blowjob, and then twisting the neck of the guy who gave it to him and leaving him dead on the floor. I went from "Guh -- you can do that on televsion?" to "Gaaaah! I didn't want to see that!" in about four seconds. That's pretty much Oz in a nutshell.

Wow. That's the best description of the show I've ever heard. Where were you with your instructive tales when I was writing this beast?

But. Um. It's also a perfect example of how I will never understand the plot, never ever ever. Keller gets a blowjob? And then kills the guy who gives it to him? Would this be serial Keller? Or...the hell, exactly?

Netflix was the better way to go, really. Although, as Oz is now out on DVD, you could in fact get Oz through Netflix. Not that I am trying to put a twist in your sobriety or anything.
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Ardent: Meloniardent_muses on September 21st, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
Late to this party, but enjoyed this so much.

Oz was my first online fandom after a several-year break (the X-Files broke my heart). It was also my first positive intro to slash. And from there I briefly slid into (can you believe?) The Sentinel. Culture shock. But I digress *G*.

Oz is a rough sandbox to play in as a reader or a writer, but the good stuff really transcends the quality of most fan fiction, and that makes it a good place to be. And there's an incredible renaissance happening there -- lots of good writers who are passionate about the show. Also, much as Tom Fontana is an asshole, the overall quality of the show is really high. Particularly the acting.

I nodded straight through your write-up, until I got to this:

I also see him as just one of the many characters Tom Fontana has destroyed with his "twistiest twist that ever twisted" approach to plotting. I figure if Fontana can create 11 million versions of each of his characters purely for effect, I'm entitled to choose the edition I like the best, and I like my Keller fucked up but not beyond redemption.

Which is where I stood up and cheered. *G* Right there with you. Personally, I still reject that twist as making no sense, but then maybe it was explained in S5 or S6, on which I cheerfully took a pass.

Also, just wanted to second your recs. That vid is incredible -- really powerful and true to the show. And Rowan is one of my favorite writers (and favorite people). I love Zipless. If you haven't read Jailbait, I *highly* recommend that one, too. There are two fan writers IMO who have absolutely *nailed* Vern Schillinger's voice and POV, and Rowan is one of them.

So glad you're posting about Oz. Cool!
tried to eat the safe banana: Violet's ass - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 22nd, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
You aren't late to this party; I only posted it today. (And how did The X-Files break your heart? That's one fandom I'll never explore, because it strikes me as something you had to be there for. Plus, it eats fangirls for breakfast. So I'm not going there, and you can feel free to ruin it for me.)

So you went XF --> Oz --> TS --> dS? Um. One of these things is not like the other, and I'm thinking it's the one with the prisoners and the rape scenes and the highest body count since Pulp Fiction. No, wait; it's got a higher body count, and Tarantino cries nightly with jealousy.

Oz is a rough sandbox to play in as a reader or a writer, but the good stuff really transcends the quality of most fan fiction, and that makes it a good place to be. And there's an incredible renaissance happening there -- lots of good writers who are passionate about the show.

See, now, that's exactly what I was going on about; the sand may be ground glass, but that just means that kids who play in it are tough as nails. And, as it happens, really good with their, you know, keyboards, so that's where that analogy falls apart. Anyway, I read it for the brilliance of the writers. (FF, of course, not Fontana, 'cause his brilliance is the kind that gets people confined for others' safety.)

Ooo, yes, I love "Jailbait," and it actually was a tossup - that or "Zipless." And then I remembered that new people in a fandom prefer happy PWP to perfect, brutal backstory, and my choice was made for me. But who is the other author who has nailed the Schillinger voice? I must know.

And thanks for the ego-boost. I'm all joyous and blushing.
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mary margrave: the brightest star [raelala]danibennett on September 22nd, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
A little late but...

Oh my god. No no no. There was a reason I only watched one episode of Oz. I do not want to be sucked into the fandom. I. Do. Not.

Because um, the Ultimate Darkfic Wuss? That would be me. I like my characters angsty, but ultimately happy and for the most part good for each other. Not, you know, shanking each other in the back and breaking arms.

Oz is not a place where I want to spend my recreational time.

So why won't it leave me alone?!
tried to eat the safe banana: Wolverine claws - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 22nd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
So why won't it leave me alone?!

Well, if you figure out, let me know. Because I also am the total non-fan of darkfic - I want happy endings in my fannish reading, dammit. If I want tragic and gruesome, hell, I can always read Ethan Fromme. But somehow the Oz tentacles are all over me. I can't help reading.

So if you figure out how to get rid of the curse of Oz, please, make the information public.

In the meantime, of course, there's a lot of really excellent fic for you to read...
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apatheia_jane on June 25th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
zipless ain't there anymore.

I think I found it by searching Unit B - here.

Copying machine, anyone?

I both love & detest pretty when you cry. It's so perfect, except that I'm an aussie, & therefore we're mid season 4, & the ending, damnit! I didn't want to see that! Fontana doesn't pull punches, & it's the only fandom where I respect the writing enough to not want to see those punches coming.

Normally I actually seek out spoilers, so I know what to look forward to. Oz, it's just not as good now I know more bout how it ends. I feel like I lost some sort of profound experience because I just heard about it online, rather than letting ever character torture be a new place.
apatheia_jane on June 25th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
oh, & while I got thru the canon just fine, I physically cannot watch the bad wrestling scene - when his arm snaps, I know it happens because i open my eyes & Beecher is screaming already, I just can't watch it again.
Oh the places you'll gosightsee on September 28th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
'view him as manipulative, deceitful, and slick, but honestly in love with Beecher despite his own wishes and his own best interests.'

Best view ever. Would you mind if I friended you?
A history of the Cold War, told in lolcats & \0/: Ray K (coffee)sansets on March 2nd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I just started reading Oz, and I just wanted to say that this summary and your recs have been absolutly INVALUABLE! Thank you so very much for this! :o)