Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Impact of Books aka Along the Yellow Brick Road

What are the impact of books?  I bet, especially if you’re a reader, you can answer this question in many different ways.  

Let’s take “The Wizard of Oz” for example.  This past weekend, I visited the revived theme part “The Land of Oz” based on the movie and the book.  (The idea came from the man who started nearby Tweetsie Railroad.). The theme park originally (and still does) sit at the top of Beech Mountain and it was the most successful one of the time, with only one actual ride.  Even the place with the mouse, came to visit for inspiration.  The theme park itself closed in the 80’s and it is now reopened as a sort of revival of the park, with some of the original buildings and shows, but without the one ride, the balloon ride.

I wonder if Frank Baum ever envisioned his book(s) as a movie, much less a theme park!  And here we are years and years later and “The Wizard of Oz” is still inspiring so many new generations.  

It shows the impact words/books can really have as well as the longevity of stories.  I would put “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “The Canterbury Tales” etc. in the same category.

When you write, your words do have meaning!  So be mindful of what you write, be inspired about what you write, and most of all don’t forget to write!

Just for fun here are a few of my pictures from “Autumn at Oz” at the original “Land of Oz” theme park from this weekend (Sept 2022):








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The Impact of Books aka Along the Yellow Brick Road

What are the impact of books?  I bet, especially if you’re a reader, you can answer this question in many different ways.   Let’s take “The ...