Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

That was an odd story. It’s definitely written for children. It was much less entertaining than I would have thought, as a classic. And the differences from the iconic movie were surprising and hard to accept since the movie is burned on my brain. Maybe I would have liked it more if I’d read it before my thirties? I’ll never know.

The movie we all know is stunning, and musical, and takes a lot of liberties with the story. The book is darker, less witty, seems dumbed down, and has many more turns before the end. I recently read this book with my bookclub and pushed through it unwillingly.

As an adult, I found that there are avenues of thought opened up throughout the book that are never explored or are just explained away. Thus a little frustrating as you get no answers to the many questions that might arise during the read. Especially irritating is when stuff happens that makes no sense while also having been sidestepped by the film. These things may not be an issue for younger children. I read somewhere that this book is most enjoyed by children 8 to 10.

Even with all the differences, I couldn’t get away from mentally comparing it to death while reading it since the movie is just too iconic to shove aside.

I will remember that while attempting to read other books which have iconic movie counterparts.

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