Villain Chat: The Wicked Witch of the West

In honor of reading Lost Girls and the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, today we’ll be talking about the Wicked Witch of the West.

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The Wicked Witch (in the movie) follows and attacks young Dorothy Gale for stealing her sister’s shoes. It shows you how serious we women are about shoes. Dorothy dropped her house on the Wicked Witch of the East, and ended up with her shoes. So WWW chased her through Oz (while Dorothy sought out the Wonderful Wizard) attempting to regain her dead sister’s shoes.

But I’m not a big fan of that movie. I prefer Wicked, the book by Gregory Maguire. He tells more of Elphaba’s (as he names the witch) story. He chose the name Elphaba because it combines the initials of the original Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum. In his story, she is a student who continually experiences maltreatment for her skin tone.

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An avid Animal rights activist (Animals can speak, animals can not), Elphaba idolizes the Wonderful Wizard. Seeking an audience with him, she is stunned to find out that he only let her in to use her powers to hurt Animals and animals alike. She steals his book of magic and bewitched broom, only after freeing the poor flying monkeys that he warped, and leaves.

She then lives in seclusion, hiding from and shunned by everyone. I don’t want to talk about more than that because the book is amazing and you should read it. There are a lot of differences from the original book and movie adaptation, and even from the musical adaptation of Wicked. It’s definitely worth a read.

Regardless of which version you prefer, the Wicked Witch is not one to fuck with (unless you’ve got some water handy, then get it).  But I think the Wicked Witch is an impressive villain. The lengths she is willing to go through for what she cares about in both Wicked and the Wizard of Oz is inspiring. She cares a lot more in the book, so if you want to see her in a different light, check that out.

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