Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Book Report :: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
As a lover of both the Wizard of Oz (I played a Munchkin in our school play in 1st grade) and of the fantasy genre in general (Lord of the Rings, Legend, Willow...to name a few) I thought that Wicked would be a slam dunk.
Truth be told, several years ago when some of my coworkers were going to New York and said they were going to see Wicked, the Broadway musical, I oohed and ahhed like I knew what it was...assuming it was some hysterically funny (get it? wicked?) show. Little did I know at the time that it was a retelling of the Wizard of Oz from the witches viewpoint...but the original storyline only comes into play in the last 50 pages or so and the 250 pages prior tell the story of Elphaba (the witches name), the misunderstood green girl.
I didn't love this book, in fact, it's rather hard to get into...but once I got going it kind of moved along in a way that was intriguing enough to continue...but ultimately, the heroine isn't very likable and the writer tries too hard to be shocking and frankly it's just too much.
I would not go out of my way to recommend this book, but if you're at all interested then I wouldn't tell you to avoid it completely...and I obviously like it well enough if I went ahead and bought the second book (yep, it's a trilogy)...but I am kind of a finisher, so it might not say much for the story!