Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was a novel that was first released in 1995. The novel is a new look at the life of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. The book shows the life of Elphaba, known to most people as the Wicked Witch of the West. It illustrates her life and how she grew to become the Wicked Witch. The novel uses adult language and even has a sex scene. The novel makes you question your views of good and evil.
There are many differences between the novel and the musical. The book makes the story seem more like a fairytale went wrong whereas the musical makes her life seem easier. One major difference is that in the novel Elphaba meets Fiyero at school and they begin their love affair years later whereas in the musical when they meet at school their relationship develops and they fall in love short after that.
Another is that Fiyero is married to someone else and dies in the novel; and in the musical he is engaged to Galinda and runs away with Elphaba. They also changed Fiyero’s death and changed it into him turning into a scarecrow. Many of the changes made from the novel to the musical had to do with Fiyero in order to make the musical have a happy ending which most people want to see.
The play gives people what they want. And I enjoyed the play, the screen writer made it accessible and it showed more of the relation to the original Wizard of Oz that we grew up with. It also uses songs that are catchy and stir up feelings inside of you.
The novel is a good book and I recommend that if you think you can read it then you should read it. The musical is also an amazing experience and I highly suggest seeing it. Both make you question your feelings toward Dorothy and good and evi