The Glinda Conspiracy Theory
Thanks to the Internet, over the years many Oz fans have circulated opposing (and, of course, usually tongue-in-cheek) theories suggesting that Glinda the Good Witch might actually be the true villain of Oz . Some have pointed to the fact that Glinda gloats a bit too morbidly over the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, calling for celebrations and then actually taunting the witch’s sister. Then, of course, there’s the simple fact that Glinda, though she knows the ruby slippers will send Dorothy home, hides this fact from Dorothy and sends the unwitting girl off to do her dirty work for her, all so she herself can finally rule over the land of Oz. Interestingly, Oz the Great and Powerful seems to inadvertently nod to this reading a bit, in that in the new film the Wicked Witch of the East initially presents herself as a good witch, and sends the unwitting Oz off to kill Glinda the Good Witch.
SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of eleven previous novels - Luka and the Fireof Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and theBest of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories,The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown andThe Enchantress of Florence - and one collection of short stories, East, has also published three works of nonfiction - The Jaguar Smile, ImaginaryHomelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991, and Step Across This Line - and coeditedtwo anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He isthe former president of American PEN.