History Literature / TalesOfTheMagicLand

13th Jun '17 9:45:51 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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In the 1930's, Russian author Alexander Volkov looking for an English book to translate into Russian as a hobby. He chose Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' as his book. He brought out his rather liberal translation of the story in 1939 (the same year MGM released [[Film/TheWizardOfOz their film]]). He called it ''The Wizard of the Emerald City'', and the country where the story is set became, not Oz, but ''Magic Land''. The Soviet Union was not part of international copyright protection back then, so it was perfectly legal. Modern Russia is, but InNameOnly, by the way.

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In the 1930's, Russian author Alexander Volkov looking for an English book to translate into Russian as a hobby. He chose Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' as his book. He brought out his rather liberal translation of the story in 1939 (the same year MGM {{MGM}} released [[Film/TheWizardOfOz their film]]). He called it ''The Wizard of the Emerald City'', and the country where the story is set became, not Oz, but ''Magic Land''. The Soviet Union was not part of international copyright protection back then, so it was perfectly legal. Modern Russia is, but InNameOnly, by the way.
8th Jun '17 1:01:28 AM Koveras
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The book was revised in 1959, with illustrations by Leonid Vladimirsky after three years ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' went public domain. It was later adapted into a stop motion series of shorts in the 1970s.

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The book was revised in 1959, with illustrations by Leonid Vladimirsky after Vladimirsky, three years after ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' went entered public domain. It was later adapted into a stop motion series of shorts in the 1970s.
14th Dec '16 9:23:15 PM Omeganian
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* CapturedByCannibals: Subverted. Charlie Black was presumed dead for years after being captured by a cannibal tribe. When he turns up alive in the second book, Ellie asked whether he managed defeat them in combat. Charlie stated there was no way for him to have fought off thousands of people, but the cannibals turned out to be quite nice guys, and once he showed himself to be more useful alive than cooked, they were all too happy to leave him alive, accepted him into the tribe, and, eventually, helped him return home.
12th Jun '16 4:07:01 PM nombretomado
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* DerivativeDifferentiation: It started off as a loose translation of ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', but later books in the series are original works that use said translation as a basis.

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* DerivativeDifferentiation: It started off as a loose translation of ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', but later books in the series are original works that use said translation as a basis.
20th Mar '16 11:09:53 AM FungusFromYuggoth
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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels to Volkov's sequels'' by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]]) as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.

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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels to Volkov's sequels'' by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]]) as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three ''four'' continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.
20th Mar '16 11:08:55 AM FungusFromYuggoth
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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels to Volkov's sequels'' by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]] as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.

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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels to Volkov's sequels'' by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]] Bachnow]]) as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.
20th Mar '16 11:08:19 AM FungusFromYuggoth
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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels'' to Volkov's sequels by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]] as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.

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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels'' ''sequels to Volkov's sequels sequels'' by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]] as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.
20th Mar '16 11:07:52 AM FungusFromYuggoth
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* FantasticDrug: In the fourth book, Urfin has a problem with his soldiers never staying awake. The owl recommends some nuts which cause insomnia. He makes a drink from it. It works, except that that there are unpleasant withdrawal simptoms. For some reason, the habit spreads (a counter is found later).

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** Taken UpToEleven with the above-mentioned German ''sequels'' to Volkov's sequels by Klaus and Aljonna Möckel (as [[{{Pseudonym}} Nikolai Bachnow]] as well as Sukhinov's Russian-language works based on Volkov's first book. That means that (at least the German and Russian versions of) the Wizard of Oz, in the broadest sense, now has three continuities - Baum's original work, Volkov's translation and his own sequels, the Möckels' German-exclusive sequels set in the same universe and Sukhinov's reboot.
* FantasticDrug: In the fourth book, Urfin has a problem with his soldiers never staying awake. The owl recommends some nuts which cause insomnia. He makes a drink from it. It works, except that that there are unpleasant withdrawal simptoms.symptoms. For some reason, the habit spreads (a counter is found later).
13th Mar '16 3:53:02 PM Gess
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* NeglectfulPrecursors: Ancient good wizard Gurricap, being an ActualPacifist, didn't want to kill the evil sorceres Arachna, so he did the next best thing in his (magical) book - he put her to sleep for five thousand years, for some inexplicable reason hoping that in that time she would loose her taste for evil (which, big shock, didn't happen), and he didn't even care to properly seal her away or at least arrange for some warning to the future generations.

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* NeglectfulPrecursors: Ancient good wizard Gurricap, being an ActualPacifist, didn't want to kill the evil sorceres Arachna, so he did the next best thing in his (magical) book - he put her to sleep for five thousand years, for some inexplicable reason hoping against all reasons that in that time she would loose her taste for evil (which, big shock, didn't happen), and he didn't even care to properly seal her away or at least arrange for some warning to the future generations.
7th Sep '15 2:52:26 PM MagBas
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* AlienInvasion: ''The Mystery of the Deserted Castle'' has a very SciFi alien invasion of the Magic Land by the means of a sleeper ship and an additional enslaved alien race. Now what are the chances of aliens landing right in the Magic Land? One can just assume that it also acts as a WeirdnessMagnet for the entire planet. This would've been a definite JumpingTheShark moment for the series if the book wasn't such welcome change after a very slow-paced ''[[FogOfDoom The Yellow Fog]]''.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in this case, since they were explicitly looking for a land away from military bases - they estimated that should they land in an industrialized area, it will be a very EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion.

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* AlienInvasion: ''The Mystery of the Deserted Castle'' has a very SciFi alien invasion of the Magic Land by the means of a sleeper ship and an additional enslaved alien race. Now what are the chances of aliens landing right in the Magic Land? One can just assume that it also acts as a WeirdnessMagnet for the entire planet. This would've been a definite JumpingTheShark moment for the series if the book wasn't such welcome change after a very slow-paced ''[[FogOfDoom The Yellow Fog]]''.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in this case, since they were explicitly looking for a land away from military bases - they estimated that should they land in an industrialized area, it will be a very EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion.
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