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October 11th, 2010

I detest the most famous Oz movie

I'll admit, I am a book-to-movie purist. I've never seen an adaptation of "White Fang" I cared for, for one. But even though I'd never read the original Oz book, I have always hated the Judy Garland version of Wizard of Oz, because I knew enough about the story secondhand to hate it. From the "it was all a dream" BS to a 6 year old being played by a 16 year old, and other things, just... ugh. And now I'm reading Wizard of Oz for the first time, and oh my gods how different things are. Only Kansas characters were Dorothy, Toto, Aunt Em, and Uncle Henry. They lived in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, no trees or houses within view for miles. The witch of the north was not a glorified saccharine fairy, but was just an old woman in a white gown and white hat. The yellow brick road isn't uniformly kept up, large portions of it are in severe disrepair. Oh, and the tin woodsman used to be human, became tin as a side effect of being targeted by the wicked witch of the east.

I've noticed some flaws in the plot, as well. For one, Dorothy locks the house before leaving. Why would the only house in the middle of a vast prairie even have a lock, especially back in 1900? Back then, even people in cities weren't locking their houses!

Secondly, as was pointed out in the endnotes, tin doesn't rust. So Baum must not have known about that. Which seems odd, for 1900, when tin was everywhere. Now if he'd done like Russian versions of the book do and make the woodsman of iron, then it would be plausible for him to rust over completely.

Oh, also glad to see Baum remembered Dorothy has to eat. She's currently running out of bread.

All for now. Oh, one last thing: the Judy Garland version of "Wizard of Oz" is a flaming sack of crap. We need a better remake, one that doesn't pull the Philip K. Dick kind of shit that movie did; one where Dorothy is portrayed by an actual child, instead of a teenager. And lose the musical aspect, too.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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