Jennifer Lane's Reviews > Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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Dec 06, 2010

it was ok
Read in January, 2006

The Broadway show was FAR superior to this weird, dark story. I did like getting to see how Elphaba became a "wicked witch", and it was fun to see Glenda painted in a less-than-glowing light, but other than that this book was difficult to get through and rather disappointing.
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Steven Yeah, I can't remember what my review for this one was but as much as I liked the premise of the story the author did drag parts out from time to time and it made it a long and hard read. It was odd cause it had parts in it I enjoyed and got into but then there were lulls in it that left me sleepy and bored.
I would like to see another author take a crack at a new twist to the Wizard of Oz story though.


Jennifer Lane Good point--the Wizard of Oz story has so many possibilities. Looking at the story through the witch's eyes was pretty damn clever, though. That's why I was disappointed in the book. The idea had such potential.


Steven Yeah, I kinda felt like he wasn't sure what age audience he was trying to write for. Some parts seemed a bit over my head and others I was like oo very cool. I think Neil Gaiman should do a twist on the tale actually. That guy is quite clever and is extremely visual with his work.


Lisa I liked it but it was a bit confusing at times who he was writing for. Some parts were a bit juvenile and other parts were very dark and very adult. It seemed like he wasn't sure who his demographic was.


Jennifer Lane Good point, Lisa. I think Steven agrees with you in his comment above.


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