Juvenile Fantasy In Dorothy Must Die By Danielle Paige

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For my book talk, I read Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, which falls under juvenile fantasy.
The story begins in Mission, Kansas, and is later moved to the world of Oz by a tornado. This transportation is much like the one that Dorothy goes through in the famous movie, The Wizard of Oz. Oz, however, is not as it used to be. The author wrote, “My head was swimming. If this was a fantasy, it was a strange one: this wasn’t the Oz that I had read about or seen in the movie. It was as if someone had drained out some of the Technicolor and introduced some serious darkness” (Paige 19). Instead of the joyful, colorful world of Oz the most people are used to, this Oz has had all of the fun sucked out of it. Also, this Oz barely had any signs of life. Paige stated, “I was hoping that the place would cheer up as I got farther away from the pit. I was still hoping for a tree that grew lollipops or a welcome committee of cheerful Munchkins—or anything cheerful, really. But as I walked down the road, the countryside
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An example of this is them is, “...just because someone has pretty hair and good skin tone and a crown instead of a pointy hat doesn’t mean she’s not the baddest b**** this side of the Emerald City” (30). Just because Dorothy, the antagonist of the novel, was portrayed as a sweet girl who couldn’t hurt a fly on the big screen didn’t mean that she wasn’t capable of being evil. Also, this theme was evident when Paige wrote, “No matter how tough you think you are, there are certain things that just get to you, and they’re usually the little things. The ones you don’t expect” (234). Her whole life, Amy had tried to bury her sensitive self underneath layers of toughness and strength, refusing to show that side of herself to others. Deep down, however, she was sensitive, despite how others saw her. Overall, Dorothy Must Die exemplifies that “people can be more than the appear to

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