Nathan (vovat) wrote,
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When the heartaches and nightmares are left in

All right, since no one else is guessing them, I might as well supply the final three answers to my movie guessing game:

7. Nightmare on Elm Street 4
10. Charlotte's Web (the cartoon, not the recent live action one)
15. The Naked Gun

I also have to thank 1womp for the gift, which included a copy of the 2006 Oziana. I'd been meaning to get that issue, but I'd been holding off because shipping charges from the Oz Club are worse if you only order one item. So thank you for that! I've now finished reading it, and I must say it's a pretty good issue. Its subtitle is "The Haunted Issue," and it contains two Ozian horror stories. As the back cover states, it's interesting that the largely utopian nature of Oz leaves room for some horrific ideas. L. Frank Baum eventually paints Oz as a paradise where no one ever dies, but what about situations in which death might be preferable? Not to mention that he'd already introduced carnivorous monsters with the bodies of bears and heads of tigers, man-eating plants that suck the life from their victims, and a desert surrounding the country that turns any living flesh that touches it to dust. It is, perhaps, to the credit of Baum and his successors that they could keep their stories light even while incorporating such elements. It can also be interesting, however, to examine the darker aspects of Oz in a way that's consistent with the original books (unlike, say, Wicked, which used some basic elements of the original Oz in the creation of a totally different place). Daniel Gobble's "The Wailing Witch of Oz" incorporates the Impassable Desert into a ghost story set in a small, xenophobic Gillikin town. March Laumer dealt with the concept that even cast-off body parts never die in Oz (as Baum himself stated in The Tin Woodman of Oz) in the episodes with the Compleat Cook and the Abominable No-Man in The Frogman of Oz, and John Bell works along much the same lines in "The Axman's Arm," which features the disembodied arms of Nick Chopper and Captain Fyter. I'd read a rough draft of this one, and the main thing that I noticed had been changed for the finished version is that there's now an explanation as to how Perusha obtained so many magical appliances for her household. The issue also includes three poems, written by Adrian Korpel, which reinterpret the feelings of Dorothy's three Ozian companions in the first book, suggesting that they all loved Dorothy and secretly hated each other. It's not really how I see things (especially considering how close the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman are in some later books), but they're definitely interesting.
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