Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Along the way, she will meet a scarecrow longing for brains, a tin man longing for a heart, and a lion who wishes for courage. These companions will discover wonders and face dangers in the hopes of having their wishes granted.
I've seen the moving too many times to count, but I am a little embarrassed to admit this is the first time I've read the book. It is of course similar to the movie, but there are some core differences that were startling. For example, rather than the constant enemy and villain she is in the movie, the Wicked Witch of the West doesn't appear until about two thirds of the way through the book! All in all, L. Frank Baum's classic tale is definitely worth a read in its own right and as the inspiration for all the popular culture that it inspired.
Just for kicks, here is the trailer created for the 75th anniversary of the film: