So now we're finally getting more away from movie-version and into book-version, with the details on the journey. And yes, that anvil is being dropped quite soundly on our heads about the non-brainy Scarecrow, heartless tinman, and cowardly lion. *rolls eyes* But hey, kids' book, and fairy tale. And if it's not going to moralize (at least it says so), then it needs to get anvilicious somewhere, right?
I'm forgetting exactly how the poppy field played out in the movie (I'm realizing it's actually been a while since I've seen it), but I'm pretty sure it was enchanted, and there were no mice involved. I'm guessing the book version is going along with the theme of poppies being used to make opium and all that, and thus being naturally sleep-inducing in numbers. From Wikipedia: "Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the blood-red color of the red poppy in particular, a common color of poppy" (And it does then go on to mention the Wizard of Oz). So... yeah.
It's a bit weird to see a truck referred to in an non-motorized-vehicular sense, but also according to Wiki Pete: "In its extended usage it came to refer to carts for carrying heavy loads, a meaning known since 1771. With the meaning of motor-powered load carrier, it has been in usage since 1930, shortened from motor truck who dates back to 1916." Neat!
(And what would we do for our easily-obtained knowledge without Wikipedia? Man, the day of having to haul out a volume of an Encyclopedia and HOPE it had what you were looking for...)
Anyhow, I digress. Er, not that I really had much more to say. It's neat to see the actual world itself developed more, even if in fairly broad strokes, and get a bit beyond the superficialities of the movie. Also interesting that we've barely seen the Wicked Witch of the West mentioned at all, despite her being pretty much the Big Bad in the movie version (and probably for the latter bit of this version, but not yet.)
So prince_corwin.... how does this book stack up so far with the Hero's Journey that you used to review the Harry Potter books? Because some of what I remember seems similar...
Do I really need a link to the schedule when it's 3 chapters each time? :p