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In the books no mention is ever made of her skin color, whereas in the movie she is green without explanation, although the Winkies she has enslaved and turned into soldiers are also green. In the book it is implied but not stated that she dresses in yellow, as yellow is the official dominant color of the Winkie Country where she rules, whereas in the movie she dresses entirely in black.
In the book she is portrayed as having only one eye, which is so powerful it could see distant objects like a telescope, but in the movie she uses a crystal ball to watch Dorothy and her friends from afar. The Wizard of Oz does not resort to anywhere near as much trickery in the movie as the book. In the book he entertains each member of Dorothy's party on a different day, and takes a different form for each; appearing as a giant green head, a beautiful fairy, a great beast, and a levitating ball of fire.
In the movie he takes only one of these forms—that of the giant green head. The nature of the Emerald City is changed in the film. In the book, the city is not actually all green, but everyone is forced to wear green tinted spectacles ostensibly to protect their eyes from the glory and splendor of the luxurious city , thus making everything appear green.
In the film, the city is actually all green. The architecture of the Emerald City in the movie uses a much more contemporary Art Deco style than Baum could have imagined. In the book, a giant green wall studded in glittering emeralds surrounds the entire city, whereas in the movie there is only a gate opening.
This was because full color motion pictures were still a relatively new technology in , and MGM wanted to show off the visually dazzling process. Shiny red shoes were more impressive in a color motion picture compared to silver ones. Maguire's Oz is not Baum's utopia, but a land troubled by political unrest and economic hardship.
One political issue in Maguire's novels is the oppression of the Animals Maguire distinguishes speaking Animals from non-speaking animals by the use of initial capital letters. There are many religious traditions in Maguire's Oz, including Lurlinism which regards the Fairy Lurline as Oz's creator , Unionism, which worships the Unnamed God, and the pleasure faiths which had swept Oz during the time that the witches were at Shiz. An example of the pleasure faiths were tic-toc where creatures were enchanted to tell secrets or the future and run by clockwork , and sorcery.
Maguire's presentation of Oz's geography is also tinged with politics.
A large political prison, Southstairs, exists in caverns below the Emerald City. Gillikin, home of Shiz University, has more industrial development than other parts of Oz. Munchkinland is Oz's breadbasket and at one point declares its independence from the rule of the Emerald City.
Quadling Country is largely marshland, inhabited by the artistic and sexually free Quadlings. The Vinkus Maguire's name for Winkie Country is largely open grassland, populated by semi-nomadic tribes with brown skin. The musical Wicked , based on Maguire's first Oz novel, portrays an Oz slightly closer to the version seen in Baum's novels and the film. The oppression of the Animals is still a theme, but the geographical and religious divisions portrayed in Maguire's novel are barely present. In both the book and musical, several characters from the traditional Oz stories are present with different names.
Glinda is originally called Galinda, but changes her name. Alexander Melentyevich Volkov was a Russian author best known for his translation of The Wizard of Oz into Russian, and for writing his own original sequels, which were based only loosely on Baum's. Volkov's books have been translated into many other languages, and are better known than Baum's in some countries.
The books, while still aimed at children, feature many mature political and ethical elements. They have been retranslated into English by Peter L. Blystone and partially by March Laumer, who used elements of them in his own books. March Laumer was one of the first authors to continue the Oz series after the Famous Forty.
Laumer also made several controversial changes to Oz. He married off several of the major characters, often to unlikely prospects. For example, the intelligent and mature sorceress Glinda was married to Button Bright, who had been a small and dim-witted child throughout Baum's books. He also aged Dorothy to a teenager to make her a romantic prospect for several characters, made Ozma a lesbian based on her upbringing as a boy, and made the Shaggy Man an ephebophile based on his frequent travels with young girls.
Laumer's books do not portray one consistent version of Oz. Because most of his books were collaborations, he often included elements of other author's visions of Oz which may have been inconsistent with his own. Despite these discrepancies, many of his books are consistent with each other, and characters introduced in some often appear in others. The premise is that nothing after the first book occurred—Dorothy never returned to Oz, and instead grew up, got married, and had a son.
Her son, Hank Stover, is the main character, a World War I veteran flier and the titular barnstormer. While flying in his Curtiss JN-4 biplane he enters a green haze and emerges in the civil war-stricken land of Oz. Farmer portrays the land of Oz as a science fiction author, attempting to explain scientifically many of the "magical" elements of Baum's story. Robert A. Heinlein 's book, The Number of the Beast , passes through many famous fictional worlds including those of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ; Gulliver's Travels , specifically Lilliput ; E.
The Oz portrayed in the book is very close to Baum's Oz, although Heinlein does make an attempt to explain some things from the standpoint of a science fiction author. He explains that Oz is on a retrograde planet, where the direction of rotation relative to the poles is reversed, resulting in the sun seeming to rise in what would normally be the west.
Heinlein also explains that the population remains steady in Oz despite the lack of death because it is impossible for children to be born in Oz. When the population does increase through immigration, Glinda just extends the borders an inch or two in each direction, which makes more than enough space for all additional people.
Unlike Heinlein, he does not attempt to explain Oz as science fiction, though he does deviate from the original corpus. He follows Thompson's Oz books, thus using her spelling of "Gnome" and her final fate of the character, but he postulates an incident that has removed the Ozites' immortality, with the result that both Ozma and Dorothy have aged and married by the time his story takes place.
In the Otherland series, by Tad Williams , a virtual reality version of Oz exists, wherein real-world antagonists play sadistic versions of the roles of the Tin Man, The Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, in a twisted, martial, and post-apocalyptic version of Oz, populated both by characters from the novels, and a large quantity of male and female humans who go by the names "Henry" and "Em" respectively.
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The humans, computer-generated characters based on the lost minds of children drawn into the Otherland program, look forward to a messianic prophecy foretelling the coming of "The Dorothy," where a child would be born among them. It is implied, by reference to centuries having elapsed since Dorothy came to the O. The re-imagined Oz is described as a place where "the paint has peeled, and what was once the goodness of Oz has become the horrible bleakness of the O.
The point-and-click adventure video game Emerald City Confidential reinvents Oz in a film noir style, with Dorothy Gale as a femme fatale, the Lion as a corrupt lawyer and some other changes. It was also seen briefly in the episode " Sisters ". Being a fantasy series Oz is rich in magic. In particular, there are many magic items which play an important role in the series. When Dorothy leaves Oz after having several adventures there and befriending many of Oz's natives, she is magically carried over the Deadly Desert by means of the charmed Silver Shoes she had been given shortly after her unexpected arrival when her farmhouse landed on and killed the previous pair's owner, the Wicked Witch of the East.
After knocking her heels together three times and wishing to return home, Dorothy is lifted into the air and transported to Kansas. The shoes however, slip off of Dorothy's feet and are lost forever in the desert. Baum states the silver shoes are never recovered. In the film the shoes are changed to Ruby Slippers. When Dorothy clicks her heels together she closes her eyes and says: "There's no place like home ".
She then wakes up in her bedroom in Kansas believing her experience in Oz to be an elaborate dream. The silver shoes and ruby slippers are also used in several other versions including Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Here the shoes are constructed as a gift and have a chameleon effect.
They are decorated with thousands of glittering glass beads that change colors according to the lighting. They can also appear to be several different colors all at once. The shoes are also lost when Dorothy is teleported back home just like in Baum's novel. The Broadway musical based on Maguire's book further shows that they were all silver, but were changed to ruby red by a spell put upon them by the Witch of the West Elphaba , enabling her sister the Witch of the East Nessarose , who prior had been confined to a wheelchair, to magically walk.
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A little-known adaptation of the original story made for British television in the mids starring Denise van Outen explained that they had belonged to a visitor from over the rainbow who came to Oz before Dorothy and they were obtained by the Witch when the visitor wished herself home and they fell off her feet on the return trip. It is a magical powder that brings inanimate objects to life. The witch Mombi first obtained it from a "crooked magician. In order to make the substance, Dr. Pipt had to stir four large cauldrons for six years. Only a few grains of the powder could be made at a time.
It is always described as being carried in a pepper box. The first batch of the powder in Mombi's possession was activated by the following incantation and the action that had to be associated with:. In The Road to Oz , the Dr. Pipt's sister Dyna activated the Powder of Life with a simple wish that brought the rug of her late blue bear pet to life.
In The Patchwork Girl of Oz it brings the title character to life, also the glass cat and a phonograph. The Powder has been used by Volkov in his series. There, it is produced from a certain plant of such viability that the smallest piece can grow into a plant within a day, on any surface except for solid metal.
However, if it is sun-dried on such a surface, it turns into the Powder of Life. No incantation is required to make the powder work. The second book of the series is centered around a man who animates an army of wooden soldiers with the Powder and uses them for conquering the Magic Land.
The Magic Belt is first introduced in Ozma of Oz. Originally the belt belonged to the Nome King , but Dorothy Gale stole it and defeated him. When she leaves Oz, she gives it to Ozma for safekeeping. In most Oz books, the Magic Belt grants its wearer the ability to transform anyone into any form, and the ability to transport anyone anywhere, and also makes its wearer impervious to harm. In some books, it also grants limited wishes.
In Ozma of Oz , its power is limited: its magic cannot affect objects which are made of wood. In Ozma's boudoir hangs a picture in a radium frame. This picture usually appears to be of a pleasant countryside, but when anyone wishes for the picture to show a particular person or place, the scene will display what is wished for. Sometimes the onlooker is able to hear sounds from the scene within the Magic Picture and sometimes an additional device is necessary to transmit sound. A similar device is present in Volkov's series.
There, it is given as a present to the Scarecrow by the Good Witch of the South. It is a box of pink wood with a thick frosted glass screen. The device is password activated, and limited in range to the Magic Land with the exception of deep caverns and certain types of magical interference.
The box is shown to be virtually indestructible; it withstood repeated abuse from a villain attempting to use it. So when I read its pages I am well informed. It provided information concerning the "Black Hats" attempting to murder the four protagonists which enabled Glinda to devise a set of magical glasses requested by Hilda Burroughs that enable her to spot a Black Hat no matter how disguised. Since it covers the planet and not merely Oz, the Book's entries are compressed and sometimes cryptic, and difficult to decipher as in Paradox in Oz or Queen Ann in Oz. The book is also featured in the fantasy series Once Upon a Time.
Zelena reads the book ignoring Glinda's warning and turns green again because she felt betrayed as it was mentioned in the book that Dorothy would save Oz from a great evil Zelena thought that evil was her but this was never revealed.
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