The Wonder behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Wonder behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Often, people who enjoy reading are found disappointed by the film versions of their favorite books. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of OZ movie produced by Vincent Fleming serve as a good example of a distorted transition from text to film. While the novel was originally created to teach that anything is possible with hard work and is a straightforward children’s book, the film tacks on many unintended morals, further changing the stories meaning. While which one preferred is only an opinion, adapted aspect’s of the novel including the reality of Oz, Kansas, and Dorothy’s characterization each alter what the story was meant to be, which was an innocent fairytale. In the film, Dorothy travels to Oz by being sucked into a cyclone and then landing in the middle of a magical realm. Once the novels reaches it’s ending, Dorothy wakes up, having bumped her head, revealing that Oz was nothing but a dream all along. In the novel Oz is a real place that Dorothy travels to and from. This idea is much more exciting for the audience and especially children because it makes the story line more believable, allowing them to get lost in their imagination. Culver states, “Baum’s text describes a different relation between fantasy and reality” and how “his Dorothy doesn’t try to run away and isn’t dreaming” but it merely “confronts by accident a fantastic world contagious with and just as real as ¬¬Kansas”. This

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