Fine, you can have your Tolkiens and your Rowlings and, yes, even your Stephenie Meyers. Especially your Stephenie Meyers. The author with the fantasy series that has done the most to populate popular culture over the past century? L. Frank Baum and his Oz books.
The latest example of Baum’s ongoing impact is “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Come to think of it, “Oz the Great and Powerful” isn’t a bad way to describe Baum’s continuing hold on the public. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz, the film opens Friday.