The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I’ve wanted to read the Wizard of Oz for years but didn’t want to pay the money for the text. Because of Project Gutenberg, I didn’t have to, which was cool. My interest in the story came from wondering what the difference was between the text version and the original film version. I was excited to see right away how the filmmakers made the choice to make Kansas black and white and Oz in color. I also think the choice to make Dorothy’s entire visit to Oz a dream (in the film) was a way to end the movie without having to turn the other books into films as well.
I also read Gregory Maguire’s retelling, Wicked, and became even more curious about the aspects of the story Maguire used from the original stories. Already, the character of Boq showed up (Maguire has interesting treatment of this character). All 14 novels from L. Frank Baum are available on Project Gutenberg, so you’ll be seeing my thoughts on them here soon.