When I downloaded the e-book of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I was feeling nostalgic. Memories of the times with my sister in our den while growing up were clouding my judgement. We watched this movie at least once per year (my sister does a pretty spot-on Glenda impersonation and I can do some of the Munchkin songs pretty well myself.) Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where I prefer the movie to the book. To be fair, I know every scene of the movie and all of the differences really bothered me. For example, the physical description of Glenda, the color of the shoes (?!?) and so on.
The Flying Monkeys really aren’t bad guys in the book either (and, yes, they scared us to death when we were kids.) The Wicked Witch just had control over them for a few commands. They didn’t really work for her as they do in the film.
I do have to give some credit to L. Frank Baum. He created the framework of a story and a world that become such an important part of American cinema. I just think the filmmakers took it to the next level and created MAGIC.