Truly, everything had brought me to believe that Wicked was a work of comedy. But I realized within the first few chapters that it was nothing like what I had expected. This was not a bad thing. It had just caught me by surprise. What's more is that I just could not put it down! It's not often I find a book that intrigues me so much that I find myself trying to look for a reason to go back to reading it again.
I have always loved the Wicked Witch, so that part was a big draw for me. The life that the author has imagined for her is interesting, albeit sad. She was given dimensions we may not have otherwise ever considered of her before. She was passionate and determined and hardly what I'd grown up thinking of her all this time. In many ways, this is a good thing. This reflects real life, where you don't really KNOW someone until you bother to know them, and you can draw inaccurate conclusions about someone based on bias. In some ways, though, it makes the Witch less of the Witch we expected. For, the Witch is not as wicked as was first assumed...
The author also sculpts a vision of Oz I'm not used to. Personally, I had come to think of Oz as a basic fantasy world, but one without much turmoil or complication. Maguire showed me that Oz isn't as sparkly as I had come to believe it was. It could be cruel, it could be hard. And I had never before considered there being religion of any sort in Oz. I find the author's ideas for the religions of this world to be a little on the bland side in their principle, but still interesting, because they still give the world a feeling of being real.
To be fair, I sometimes feel that Maguire was pushing too hard with the religious aspects of the characters and the world. After a point, it began to feel as if the religious elements of this world and its peoples were there more for propaganda purposes than to enrich this world and make it feel more like a place your really COULD manage to get to if you flew over a rainbow. I feel that the author should have toned it down just a little. The personal conflict of the Witch in her beliefs and her insistence that she had no soul make her feel more real, but it begins to weigh her down, as well as everything else, after a point. It was good to set this into her, as to help develop motive for her, but there are times when it's just a little too thick.
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, and it has given me a broader look at an iconic character I have always admired. I feel I know her more now than I ever could before. It only made me love her that much more!
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