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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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Nov 14, 11

Read in November, 2011

I wanted to read this book to see how different it is from the film version (a staple of every American childhood). It is very different, but then again, I expected Hollywood to take a piece (or in this case, several pieces) of literature and manipulate it into something completely different and commercial, but commercial in a good way. I love the film. I like the book. Some surprises (spoiler alert): Dorothy was actually a small child in the book. The slippers were not made from rubies. The Tin Woodman kills a lot of animals. The Wicked Witch never casts a spell on the poppies. They flying monkeys are sympathetic creatures. There is no horse of a different color. The differences go on and on....

I will have to watch the film again. Every time Judy Garland sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" I cry. Seriously. It makes me nostalgic for my childhood, a time when I took things at face value and didn't know the film was based on a book.
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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Creal Dude - that is brilliant.


message 2: by Kat (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kat I just finished this up and couldn't believe how different it was from the movie. It was definitely cool to read the book the movie was based on and see all the differences but having grown up on the movie version I prefer it by far


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