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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


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Jan. 15th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
See, I was thinking of her near-to-death sleep from the poppies as the Belly of the Whale thing, which reminded me of it in the first place. But if it's supposed to be the transition into the realm of adventure, then... I don't know.

The meeting with the goddess could be the meeting with Glenda? Unless it has to be later on...

Maybe crossing the first threshold would be when she first steps off the road to aid the Scarecrow, and starts gathering her companions?

And yeah, all this is reaching, but it's fun! (Okay, so maybe I have some odd ideas of fun.)
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Jan. 16th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
the old way of life is dead, and whatever happens, things aren't going to be the same

"I don't think we're in Kansas any more." And she accepts the new world on its own terms and sets out in it.

Jan. 16th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Well, how about the Threshold is the threshold: stepping outside the house when it lands. She might have just got in bed and pulled the covers over her head.

Wanting to go home all the time is Reluctant Heroine or Refusal spread throughout.

Glinda is Meeting with the Gooddes, or something like Father Christmas in Narnia. Quest-giver or such.

I'd say the poppy field was Belly of the Whale. Remember Belly is something the hero doesn't get out of by his own intention or effort, he just goes passive and lucks out (like Luke in the garbage compactor).

In the Wizard we've got a dark corrupted authority figure and an anti-reconciliation, as he turns out unable to help and Dorothy is disillusioned in him.

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Jan. 15th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: the animals, yeah, I know! I mean, the wildcat not only was trying to get some dinner but it's even more innocent in that sense than the Lion in a way, since it wasn't even trying to eat Toto and attacking random travelers!

But... I guess this goes along with the "don't think about it too hard" fairy-tale aspects.
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