Why I love Wicked.

scandalboy's picture

I think it's basically that "outsider" thing that I relate to so well (I think most of us do :P). Elphaba is green (can you think of another G word?) and it makes her stand alone from her peers. She's been bullied and ostracized all her life for it, but still manages to have a certain strength about herself. She doesn't give too much of a fuck what people think about her, otherwise it would get her down too much. She's someone who society doesn't think is strong enough, but in the end, she is the one walking away, her battle won (in an indirect way). She doesn't bend over backwards to fit into society; she has no problem with being herself.

Another reason why I love Wicked is that it's the story of someone who doesn't consider themselves attractive, but someone loves them anyway. I recently learnt the same lesson. If someone is capable of loving you, even if it's for a short while, it might mean that you aren't as unattractive as you first thought. Even though Elphaba puts up a front of being so strong, she really does consider herself "beautifully tragic" (compared to her sister's "tragic beauty"). So when Fiyero tells her she's beautiful, she doesn't believe him. However, eventually Elphaba learns to accept and love all of herself.

"SWEET OZ!"

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music is life's picture

NERD ALERT!

ok so this is really embarassing for me in a way.. but I totally have a crush on Elphaba. (i think its more the fact that she is a loner and i oddly find that really attractive) Anyways............. I think the last part you wrote really makes sense, i never thought of it that way. The book is so amazing, theres soo many reasons to love it. Son of a Witch is pretty good too, but out of the 2 Wicked is my favorite.

jeff's picture

Yeah...

I got all that.

I think the downfall for me is that it's a musical and after seeing it, you don't really have any melodies in your head. Not that I want to be beat over the head with a refrain in some Lloyd Webber way, but they seemed to be trying to be big musical numbers (unlike some Sondheimian inner monologue thing, although those are so lyrically interesting with such deliberate pacing, they sort of make their own mark) and just sort of were pleasant, fine, but ultimately unmemorable to me.

I think it was also upsetting that they had a good story, a huge Broadway-ready set, a talented cast, and the music just didn't hold up its end for me.

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Icarus's picture

also, everyone knows elphie

also, everyone knows elphie and glinda were totally doing it.

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