We all know the story of the Wizard of Oz, which is a classic story but in reading Wicked, it brings a different perspective to the story. Wicked is a popular story twist about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West, now although I’ve never seen the musical, I have heard all the hype behind it especially now that there is talk about a movie being made.
I enjoyed this story because it gave a different perspective of the Wizard of Oz, the same way Maleficent gave a different perspective of Sleeping Beauty. Wicked gives you the story of Elphaba, the girl who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West. Now as I was reading the story I had the expectation that she was going to be mean and nasty the same way the original story presents her, only to find myself wanting her to strive to live a normal life. As you go through the story, you see that she lived life knowing she was different and not just because she was born green but because her outlook on life varied from those around her. Growing up with a religious father and a mother who longed for a son, her surroundings and upbringings are intertwined in who she is and in figuring out her identity.
I loved the character development of this book in presenting the Wicked Witch of the East, Wicked Witch of the West as well as The Good Witch of the North and how the three of them are connected. Anyone who’s seen the Wizard of Oz obviously knows how the story ends but I have to be honest in saying that I was sad and really hoped for better for Elphaba. I wanted to see her live a life where she could be happy but throughout the book it’s evident that she knows happiness isn’t something that she believes she’s allowed to have because of the cards laid out for her. I hope to see the musical and see how the story plays how in that fashion and with the movie being in production I’m looking forward to that and see how they soften our hearts towards her the same way it was done for Maleficent.
I know a ton of people have read the book as well as seen the musical, I’d love to hear your thoughts and insight on the book…