Wicked, take two, the book versus the musical

Apparently I first read Wicked before I started blogging about books. But I recently reread it because Matthew and I went to see the musical last month. And…

… I didn’t like it as much as I did the first time. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book but I kind of wish I hadn’t been immersed it when we saw the show. I got distracted by the changes, which are substantial. The subtitle of the musical is “The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz” so it’s much more Glinda-heavy than the book is. I honestly prefer Elphaba, I love the moral ambiguity of Elphaba.

I just discovered when I went looking for the link to post to the book that Maguire has written a third volume in the series: A Lion Among Men, which is the story of the cowardly lion. Given that I didn’t love Son of a Witch, though, I might give it a pass.