This week’s theme is fairy tale retellings and as a huge fan of fractured fairy tales, it seemed like the perfect week to join in on the fun.
The selection for our very first prompt is Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. While not as well-loved as the musical (which is way more uplifting and not nearly as dark), I really enjoyed Wicked when I read it way back in 2003. It’s sequel Son of a Witch? Not so much.
Wicked, Maguire’s first — and most successful — foray into fairy tale retellings follows the early life of the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), her friendship with Glinda the Good Witch (Galinda) and her demise at the hands of Dorothy.
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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire’s breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.