When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. 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. (amazon.de)
From the moment she was born, Elphaba was bound to be evil. Not only because she had sharp teeth (almost bit off her own hand) and was green (unheard of) and ugly but mostly because people treated her like an evil being, like a demon. She didn't even believe that someone like her had a soul. But she wasn't evil, not in the beginning. She was actually quite nice and wanted to help the Animals (animals who could talk) who were starting to lose their rights, due to the Wizard's politics. She only became evil after a series of events.
And while Elphaba became wicked, Glina became good. At first she was a stupid spoiled girl who only cared about status.
"Wicked" is a great book about how certain circumstances can influence you and your friends, your whole life. In the middle it is a little boring but then it gets better and the end is awesome :D