Sorry. Just had to get that off my chest.
I would do a short premise, but… I can’t. There’s too much going on in the book. So in short, it’s about the Wicked Witch of the West. From the land of Oz. Which we probably all know because of the movie The Wizard of Oz.
I have heard so much gushing about how amazing and wonderful and awesome the musical Wicked is, and I was really looking forward to reading the book. After all, if the play is so amazing, the book has to be, too… right? I mean, it was recommended to me by a friend who loves it.
Two things about me and this book and why I think we did not get along: One, I’m not much for this type of fantasy. I’m more of a fairytale kind of girl. Two, I don’t like crude things. And almost everything about this book was crude, from the way it was written to what was written in it to… blergh. From the beginning, there’s just… crudeness.
Suffice it to say I don’t think much of Wicked. And I now have no desire to go see the musical.
It was very imaginative, but… that’s about all I can credit it for. There’s just… I can’t really get over the crudeness- the swearing was minimal, but pretty much in the beginning, Elphaba- the Witch- has a very slutty mother. And then there’s this whole weird scene when Elphaba is in college with… iffy circumstances in some sort of ritualistic brothel type place… and then there’s as-close-as-it-can-get-without-actually-being-a-sex-scene bits… and then… I just didn’t like it.
And- although this is probably due to the fact that I didn’t like it- it felt like the book dragged on forever. I was so very glad when it was finally, finally over.
As well, I didn’t really like the style of writing. It was… too male? Ignoring the content I didn’t like, there is something about the writing style that was too factual for me… and though the book seemed to drag on forever, it also seemed rushed.
Which… is weird, I know.
So overall… it was just an overload of things that I didn’t like.
The only reason I finished it is that I definitely wasn’t going to finish Vanity Fair in time for today, and I don’t have any of the other books I want to review yet. And I didn’t want to skip the review. Because that would break up my daily posting.
Anyway. I know that this is a very short, very biased, and very uninformative review, but… it’s the best I can do. I’d give Wicked five stars for imagination where the land and backgrounds are concerned, but no stars for… everything else. If this were a movie, I think it would probably have an R rating.
Sadly, I have to say don’t waste your time. I’m sorry to the author for having nothing good to say about the book, but there it is.
I’m off to the library in hopes that my next book in line will be a good one.
And in case you were wondering, the skirt is actually shorts underneath. Which is why I’m more comfortable with it being short. Well, that, and I’m wearing tights.