Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way...more
Things That I Really Wish Gregory Maguire Had Bothered To Explain That Might Have Made Wicked Worth Reading:
-Why Elphaba is green
-Why Elphaba cannot touch water
-The "Philosophy Club" which seemed to be some sort of bizarre sex club which was introduced towards the middle of the story, and then never mentioned again
-How it's physically possible that Elphaba gave birth to a son, but may actually not have, because she doesn't rem...more
The biggest difference is that the show is good, and the book is not. I don't want to be mean to the poor author (Gregory Maguire), who has made a fortune and franchise from this book and ones like it, but it's absolutely terr...more
I never pretended to like the new trilogy. It could have been a new story. It could have really delved into the character of Darth Vader, or rather Anakin Skywalker and truly made him tragic.
Instead of trying to fool the audience into liking Anakin by hiring cute kids an...more
The brilliance behind Maguire's books, is his capability of understanding that both the fantasy world and the real world can be united by infiltrating the mystical with hard situations, realistic emotions, and simple human spirit. Even in...more
After reading my teenaged years away through endless sci-fi/fantasy books where the characters are often painfully stereotypical "golden boys" (and they are almost always boys), it is refreshing to encounter a book where the protagonist is deeply flawed, but yet we respect her. The characters and interpersonal relationships in this book are complicated but leave you guessing about de...more
As is evident from my star-rating, I can't say that I liked this book. I did really like the first chapter, when Elphaba was this awful baby, with her terrible teeth and who would only say 'Horrors', as though she were an infant Kurtz. But each successive chapter I liked less and less, unt...more
Have you ever read a popular book and wondered why it was so popular? That's exactly how I felt as I worked my way through WICKED. Actually, that's not entirely true. I know why it's a New York Times Bestseller. Part of it has to do with the reason I picked the book up in the first place. I expected a light, fairy tale-like story. It's based on a children's book. There's a Broadway musical about it. Sounds like it should be fun, right? Uh, not q...more
The backstory dragged on for far too long. Of course, I wouldn't complain if the backstory had been interesting instead of just.. *there.* It also manages to be puzzling in a vague way that detracts more than it adds.
The story afterward just meanders everywhere. There is no sense of direction and huge se...more
Maguire's Oz is a complex, political society, and his Wicked Witch Elphaba and her contemporaries are fascinating, moving, original characters--but the landscape and people are so far removed from their base story that the purpose of the reimagining, reworking seems lost to me. There's no particularly compelling reason to set this novel in the framework of Baum's Oz story; it doesn't gain anything by the association and it doesn't lend any insi...more
I knew of the yellow brick road—upon which I presumed the entire tale took place. I knew of the ruby slippers, though little more than...more
For starters, there are several types of people who should not read this book because it will make them angry. The biggest one is that group of folks who is opposed to S-E-X appearing in books. The sexy scenes in this book are not graphic. They aren...more
I bring this up because I see a lot of people posting that they take offense at the sexual nature of some of the passages. I think the author was trying to portray Oz as an "other world" loosely patterned after the European Renaissance (not entirely, of course: details such as train travel came later). From my underst...more
First, the themes/motifs were all. over. the. place. Animal rights, “otherness”, gender, good v. evil, and religion were the major players underlying the plot. And when I say underlyin...more
Interesting concept ... I just didn't buy it.
This story scathes religion, government,...more
The story begins, not with the witch but with the events of her birth. We follow young Elphaba (what, you thought her parents just called her ‘Wic...more
Not only did it delve into the kinky, it was just plain boring and didn't make sense to me.
If you're interested in it because of the broadway mu...more
From then on, the book became much less interesting or sympathetic. Elphaba never morphed into a likable c...more
|Wicked, the Movie||11||150||Nov 22, 2013 04:19PM|
|Books I Want To T...: Wicked - General Discussion||49||65||Sep 23, 2013 09:01AM|
|Who else here thinks that the musical was amazing and miles better than the book?||121||498||Sep 16, 2013 07:50AM|