The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous classic pieces of literature. The book, writtren by L. Frank Baum, was published in 1900 and the movie, directed by Victor Fleming, was released in 1939. The story has been adapted for the big screen several times.
We found out that there are many contrasts between the book and the film. Some of them are so outstanding that the book and the movie seem to be two different stories. The most noticeable are those concerning with the content and the way in which the story develops. Just to name a few, the ending in the book tells that Dorothy did live the experience of being moved to another world; but in the movie, she was dreaming. In addition, some facts were missed in the movie. For example, Baum’s story shows how the characters searched for food and a place to spend the night, while in Fleming’s those tasks were not necessary because the journey wasn’t that long.
For instance, in the book there are two good witches, who helped Dorothy, but in the film there is only one.
To be more specific, we noticed that Fleming and Baum tell the story from different points of view. The writer’s intention was to tell a fantastic tale to entertain the readers and the director’s was to show how a little girl discovers how important her family is in her life.
Finally, since the movie is old and it may not fulfill your expectations as a twenty first century movie watcher, we recommend reading the book and let your imaginations fly away. Anyway, to complement the experience of reading the book, you can’t miss the movie. If you try both, you will be lift out of your everyday life.