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September 15th, 2005

The Wizard of Oz

This week, I started listening to the audiobook version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I’ve been struck so far by the differences between the book and the movie. And, it’s not always the case where the book goes into more detail than the movie, which is usually the case with adaptations.

For instance, in the movie, a good few minutes are spent early on showing Dorothy at home in Kansas, wandering around and seeing people. But in the book, the cyclone hits almost immediately and whips her away to Oz.

Another major difference: the shoes she gets from the witch she crushes in the movie are ruby and in the book they’re silver.

The Wikipedia has a load of Oz information, including a full listing of all the books in the Oz series. There were 40 of them! L. Frank Baum wrote the first 14, with the rest split amongst another couple of writers. While I doubt that The Scalawagons of Oz carries quite the same appeal as the original Oz book, it’s nice to know it’s there should I ever feel the need to read all 40 Oz books in one sitting. Or at least 15 of them.

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FROM: Amazing
DATE: Thursday September 15, 2005 -- 12:04:00 pm
Dorothy probably hadn't counted on one of her wackiest dream sequences (The Wizard Of Oz) ever becoming a book, much less a hard PG-13 movie (ca. 1939) that is perfect for Halloween!

DATE: Thursday September 15, 2005 -- 1:17:31 pm
But have you watched the movie while listening to Dark Side of the Moon? We tried it in college - seeing the syncronicity between album and movie seemed to be directly correlated to how inebriated you were at the time.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 15, 2005 -- 2:20:01 pm
But have you watched the movie while listening to Dark Side of the Moon?

I've done one better! I watched a live performance of the reggae version of Dark Side of the Moon ("Dub Side of the Moon") performed in front of a screen playing the movie!

(For fun, here's a listing of some of the match-ups with Dub Side.)

FROM: snaily
DATE: Thursday September 15, 2005 -- 4:50:48 pm
i just finished a book called "all things oz" with random memerobilia from the book and the movie. i found it very interesting since fank L baum tried to make oz the ideal society- no killing, no money, no religion, etc. its actually very interesting if u can find the book.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 16, 2005 -- 2:13:28 am
Oddly, since posting my last comment 12 hours ago, I went (unexpectedly) to a shoot for the DVD of Dub Side of the Moon.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday September 16, 2005 -- 8:22:11 am
Man, you're gonna be tired at work today.

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