Posted by Ed Kiser on August 20, 2015 at 07:50:58 user Kisered.
In Reply to: SA Filming pics posted by Roger Wardale on August 11, 2015 at 03:55:02:
In comparing the movie and book versions, consider
"The WIZARD of OZ"
I looked at the text as provided by the below reference from
"Project Gutenberg" and see that the book has some features
that got left out in the movie, possibly due to restraints
of show time and costs, but it seems that the events of the
movie are taken from the written book. What would be a
concern is to look for a movie moment and have no reference
to it in the book. For the movie to leave something out is
reasonable, but to put something in that is not in the book
can be really messing with the story.
Perhaps in this particular case, we are so familiar with the
movie version that to read of certain unknown events in the
book might leave one with the impression that the book's
"additions" are somewhat unwanted. Yet it is the book that
*********The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Wizard of Oz*******
Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Character set encoding: ASCII
Release Date: February, 1993 [EBook #55]
[Date last updated: March 29, 2004]
Here are some chapter titles that have no place in the movie:
"Queen of the Field Mice"
"Attacked by the Fighting Trees"
"The Country of the Quadlings"
So, which one is "wrong" ? The movie, or the book? In this
particular example, we are so familiar with the movie that the
book's version is the one to seem a bit strange.
As for leaving things out, the audio version of Ransome's
books, which are well read aloud by Gabriel Woolf, does not
give us every word. What we hear read aloud to us is an
edited version in which certain moments were skipped, but
not to the detriment of enjoyment of hearing the story. The
thought of having the responsibility of selecting what to
edit out and what to include would be an awesome task to
Then look at the example of "THE SEA HAWK" (the book Dorothea
was reading on the way to the lake in PM) and compare the book
with the movie version only to find that the movie script was
almost a total rewrite.
And since I just mentioned a book whose name Ransome
casually introduced into his work, there is another: "The
Riddle of the Sands." Dorothea discovered this one in the
houseboat in WH, but did not think it was her kind of book.
Incidentally, "Riddle" is also available for downloading
from "Gutenberg". You will find that it appeals to the
sailor in all of us, especially if you enjoy the thrill of
navigating in shoal waters. This is yet another step
Ransome has led us to take with the marvel of his stories.
Ed Kiser, Kentucky, USA [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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