(book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: movie expansion, adult fiction, fantasy


Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

The short version, the musical is better.
The long version, yeah, I guess there is more character depth here. But it’s such superficial depth. No doubt Gregory has created an interesting expansion of Oz and the world of color. But he does so little with it. The original Wizard of Oz novel just had so much more. That’s what I get for expecting Frank L. Baum creativity though.
It isn’t bad, but it’s not really good. It just is.


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