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The O.C. was a popular FOX drama that began airing in August 2003. It ran for 7 episodes before taking a 6 week hiatus. The first season ran for 27 episodes, a large number for any recent US drama. It ran for 4 seasons, with the final season clocking in at only 16 episodes.
It stars Ryan Atwood, a troubled teenager from Chino, CA who is taken in by the Cohen family. The Cohen family is made up of Sandy, Kirsten and their son Seth. As the title suggests, the bulk of the setting is Newport Beach, Orange County.
Other characters include Marissa Cooper, Summer Roberts, Jimmy Cooper, Julie Cooper, Luke Ward, Anna Stern, Caleb Nichol, Hailey Nichol, Kaitlin Cooper, Oliver Trask, Theresa Diaz, Taylor Townsend, Zach Stevens, Alex Kelly, Lindsay Gardner, and Che.
An integral part of the show, The OC's use of music brought to wider popularity a number of bands, including Death Cab For Cutie. Five soundtracks were put out, covering a wide range of the music used on the show. The third soundtrack release was also a holiday album.
Shipper's Manifesto essays:
- Ryan/Kirsten -- Deconstructing Camelot by regalish (Jul 2007)
- Ryan/Seth -- How Good Can It Be by sa_thinks (Nov 2004)
- Ryan/Taylor -- Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic, or Every Good Girl Wants a Bad Boy by ficangel (Mar 2008)
- Ryan/Theresa -- A Sorta Fairytale by aphroditesflesh (Dec 2004)
- Seth/Summer -- Undeniable Plastic Horse Love by _mintyfresh (Dec 2004)
There used to be an all genre automated archive, The OC Fanfic Vault, created by stopawhile. It was associated with the theocfic mailing list, but the archive has been defunct since the middle of 2005.
- The OC
- The OC Fiction
- The OC Slash
- The OC Girlslash
- Sail to Tahiti
- The OC Fanfiction Recommendations
- The OC Collective
- Exploring the Cultural Impact of The O.C. & Male Fandom, Dismissal, and Shame, Archived version by Marianne Eloise (January 2017)
- Wishful Thinking.net, a Ryan/Summer fansite
- Undeniable aka SethandSummer.com, a Seth/Summer fansite
- Unwavering Affection.net, a Seth/Summer fansite
- Coop and Sum, a Summer and Marissa fansite
- Bittersweet Awards, a vidding award site for One Tree Hill, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Dawson's Creek vids
- WaybackMachine Link to The OC Fanfic Vault (accessed 18 November 2008)