Monday, October 22, 2012
Review: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I loved the movie The Wizard of Oz every since I was very little and watched it quite recently. I'm also a huge fan of the musical Wicked, but realized that I had never read the series that made all those things possible.
I know that it was a children's book series, but I was surprised that it was only 156 pages. My other big surprise was that the book and the movie are vastly different. There are so many more characters that play a huge role in the book that are never mentioned in the movies. There's also a very interesting back story to the winged monkeys that I think makes them more likable in the book than in the book.
I think that both the film and the movie both have their merits, but I am definitely more intrigued by the book series at the time. Since Dorothy did not make it back to Kansas at the end of book one I can't wait to continue the series and see what happens next and at what point she does return.
One of the things that I really did love about the book is that despite the fact that Dorothy's companions lack a brain, a heart and courage, the Scarecrow is rather smart, the Tinman in loving (my favorite character) and the lion has moments of bravery. I find that so interesting because I think that if I had read the series as a child, I may not have picked up on it.