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    The Dark Tower series contains many references: to Kingís other novels and short stories, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. But there is one reference which is more obvious than any other: The Wizard of Oz. I didnít catch it the first time through but after reading the series the second time, it seemed so obvious that I couldnít believe Iíd missed it.

    In the second novel, The Drawing of the Three, our protagonist gets 3 fellow travelers on his journey. And a little dog, too. In the movie that probably every kid in the world has seen, his name is Toto. In Kingís version, itís Oy. Instead of drawing the scarecrow, the tinman and the cowardly lion, Roland is paired up with Eddie, Susannah and Jake. This is the first obvious reference to Wizard of Oz.

    The first novel, The Gunslinger, contains little obvious references. The protagonist is in conflict with a bad person Ė the man in black, or Miss Gulch, the mean old lady whoís also The Wicked Witch. Itís like the black and white part of Wizard of Oz - weíre introduced to the characters, some relatively insignificant things happen and then boom - the house falls, Jake falls, and weíre in color. Our three travelers are on a journey to some sort of epic final destination that they donít seem to want or need to go on but are incapable of preventing it. In the movie, theyíre on the Yellow Brick Road. In the book, theyíre following the beam.

    While the references arenít as obvious in the next book, The Waste Lands, King really drives the point home in the fourth novel Ė Wizard and Glass. Here we meet the wicked witch Ė Rhea of Coos, or The Wicked Witch. The end of the novel contains outright mentions of Wizard of Oz lore Ė Emerald City, etc. By this point thereís no way I should have missed the Wizard of Oz parallel. In the next novel, our travelers finally meet The Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain. But in the books, the wizard is Stephen King himself. Heís inexplicably drawn into his own story. Heís the guy running the show, the man behind the curtain.

    But meeting the Wizard isnít the end of the movie, and itís not the end of the books. Here in the series reality itself seems to unravel for our characters as they approach their destination, Iím sure youíve all read them so I wonít retell it. But in the end of the movie, thereís a relatively large plot twist. When Dorothy finally leaves Oz, she wakes up in her bed. Her family tells her everything was just a dream. The audience of course believes it wasnít really, but itís still a surprise to consider that maybe Dorothy had just been in some kind of coma from the tornado. The books end with a kind of big twist too and while itís not the same as The Wizard of Oz, it has that same sort of downer twist of an ending.

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    You make some very salient points!!! Good thread!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Banksy View Post


    And Your Little Dog, Too

    In the second novel, The Drawing of the Three, our protagonist gets 3 fellow travelers on his journey. And a little dog, too. In the movie that probably every kid in the world has seen, his name is Toto. In Kingís version, itís Oy. Instead of drawing the scarecrow, the tinman and the cowardly lion, Roland is paired up with Eddie, Susannah and Jake. This is the first obvious reference to Wizard of Oz.

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    I never saw this as a Wizard of oz reference, however as you say once you point it out its pretty obvious!

    I think as the books progressed the references became sledge hammers to a point where they became annoying, but I love this take on the first few books

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    Have either of you ever experienced the Wizard of Oz/Dark side of the Moon thing? It's kinda freaky. You start DSOTM when the MGM Lion roars for the 3rd time and its like the sound track for the movie. There are websites dedicated to it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Have either of you ever experienced the Wizard of Oz/Dark side of the Moon thing? It's kinda freaky. You start DSOTM when the MGM Lion roars for the 3rd time and its like the sound track for the movie. There are websites dedicated to it.


    It's even more mindblowing on acid dude... or so I hear.
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    I have not tried this yet, but I am sure you can guess what i will be doing this weekend

    Spoiler:
    without the acid obviously

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    It is still fascinating... just not to a degree where you're whole reality is ripping apart.
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    I tried it with hydrochloric acid... it was very painful!!
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