Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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Wicked flips the Oz we knew from the classic movie on its head. To what extent does Maguire's vision of Oz contradict the Oz we're familiar with? How have Dorothy and the other characters changed or...

Wicked flips the Oz we knew from the classic movie on its head. To what extent does Maguire's vision of Oz contradict the Oz we're familiar with?

How have Dorothy and the other characters changed or remained the same? Has Wicked changed your conception of the original? If so, how?

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It should also be noted that the 1939 movie was not totally true to Baum's book.  There are many parts in the original book that are much darker than the movie.  For example, the tin woods man became the tin woodsman because he was cursed and ended up chopping off his own appendages.  This is actually mentioned in Wicked and it's Nessarose that puts the curse on him.

 

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The Oz from the film is a happy place. There is some strife, with the witches, and some elements to be concerned about, but...

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