I decided to switch out the Tuesday feature, which is typically boring, for this one! I will compare the book versions of stories with their movie version. Today’s comparison is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book vs The Wizard of Oz Movie
Book: Dorothy gets blown across a huge desert into the Land of Oz, which is a real place. She then must travel through the four sections of Oz to get back home.
Movie: Dorothy gets hit on her head during a tornado and has a dream about an imaginary land. Dorothy travels through a little bit of Oz to get home.
Similarities: Considering this movie was made in a time when sticking to the book wasn’t considered a requirement, they actually were pretty close to the original. Dorothy has many of the same adventures, including meeting the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion. She also is captured by the witch in both stories. The basic plot of traveling through Oz and trying to find her way back home are the same.
Differences: There are also a lot of differences in these versions. In the book, the events are real. In the movie they are a dream. In the book, Dorothy isn’t trying to run away like she is in the movie. Dorothy is a little girl in the book versus a 20 year old woman in the movie. The movie has singing. The movie changed the color of the slippers to red. In the book, there are four witches of each direction. The book also has many more events after the witch is killed. It seems like Dorothy lives in Oz for several months or even years. The background of some of the characters are also somewhat frightening, such as the fact that the Tin Man chopped his body into pieces after the witch cursed his axe. The Emerald City is only green in the book because the Wizard forces everyone to wear green glasses. Glinda is actually the witch of the South rather than the North. Dorothy kills the witch in a fit of anger, rather than trying to help her stop being on fire.
Winner: I don’t think there is a clear winner in this match. The movie version is so iconic now, that it almost seems like the real version. The singing is lame, but so are many of the events in the original story, which is half fairy tale and half horror story. Read the book and watch the movie and decide for yourself!