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This one I'm going to do as I read, since there was enough I was seeing in the first chapter that I don't want to forgot it as I go.

Hrm, I wonder if there's something in the idea of the worst of their dangers (the poppy field) popping up when they end up "off the beaten path" and leaving the yellow brick road? It popped into my head because that does seem to be a common trope in stories of this type - do not leave the magic happy-fun safe path! Or Bad Things will happen! But it doesn't seem to be too pronounced here.

Yeah, for some reason I didn't think about poor Toto (I guess because of the general "don't examine things too closely" nature of the story thus far). But yeah, I guess fruit and nuts wouldn't exactly be the ideal diet for a poor little dog!

Ooo, the plot thickens. No one can actually see the Great Oz when they visit. Which makes one wonder about all the descriptions of his various shapes, if no one can see him. Maybe he just recently stopped taking visits? (And yeah, I know how things were in the movie, I just can't remember if they're the same in the book in that regard.) And does the thought of the Oz having a great collection of hearts just lying around worry anybody else? o_O

(I also like the consideration that Toto can't speak to be strange, which here and now, really it is! I mean, we've got the Lion, the field mice, a Scarecrow and man made of tin all gabbing away... makes one wonder about how they get meat and such!)

Also, the Scarecrow and Tin Man just standing around in the room while Dorothy sleeps are very Twilight-esque. Creepy! But understandable I guess, given the circumstances.

(I suspect locking glasses on would work better if someone couldn't just, y'know, lift them off over their head. But again, I'm nitpicking!)

Hrrmmm, the sneaking suspicion arises that not everything is as green and emerald as suspected, but it's a matter of the green glass in the spectacles... but again, I can't remember if the Oz in the book is as much of a con-man as the one in the movie! But the locking-spectacles-on thing is pretty fishy... (And yeah, getting into chapter 12 and having the dress and ribbon "magically" turn white... yup.)

"I don't like your country"... how rude!

And man, that is pretty dark. "Go little meek girl, and kill this woman that you've never seen before in your life! Then I'll maybe help you out." I mean, not that it's a surprise or anything since the movie is the same (except that Dorothy is younger here), but still, it's more stark and hits you again here, in black and white. Or at least it does me, I guess since I grew up taking the movie version for granted.

Wolves and crows and bees and "Winkies" huh, before breaking out the flying monkeys? It was very kind of the wolves at least to rush at the Tin Woodman one by one, so that they could be slaughtered each in turn! Ditto the crows. (And that's not exaaaactly how bee stings work, but oh well.) Also, have we had *any* sort of description of the Winkies?

The Power of Good is stronger than the Power of Evil? Must... not... roll... eyes... And I notice that doesn't help Glenda storm into the East or West and destroy the witches there or anything! And... the Wicked Witch is too afraid of the dark to even sneak briefly into a dark room at night? What? I mean... what? No, really, what?

And nice to see that Dorothy can see her friends apparently killed, and another friend imprisoned and herself enslaved, and just be all meek, but when the Witch steals her pretty little shoe she goes all postal. Okay then!

Anyhow, looks like that pretty much does it for this reading, which is just as well because this entry is already fairly long!

For Wednesday, chapters 13-15!


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Jan. 18th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I was thinking much the same thing, unless uncolored, it's too obvious that everything's glass or something.

Also I'm wondering how obvious it might have been back when this was written just what was going on? I mean, glasses were obviously quite familiar then, but what about the concept of looking through different colored glass and it changing the color of what you see? Poking around a bit, the rose-colored glasses idiom suggests that it was familiar, but who knows?

Re: the Winkies... are the Ozians short? I'm not sure if that was mentioned. My first though was "well, the Munchkins are short and that's implied by their name..." then I actually stopped and realized that duh, it's only implied because of this book/movie.

And re: the "the Witch Must Die" bit... I wonder how much of that was pique because the Witch bested him (with the help of her second monkey wish!)
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Jan. 23rd, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm thinking of the movie, but I thought it was the other way around. Sending Dorothy off to kill witches was just a way to get rid of Dorothy. Either he was playing for time or hoping they'd never return at all.

I think maybe y'all are taking this whole thing a little too seriously. Baum's stories were all about children's scepticism, seeing through adults' pretenses.
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