Novels About Queer People • Okay. Let's talk about Elphaba Thropp.
A tale of envy, love and trust, Elphaba has to decide whether she'll use her magic “No One Mourns the Wicked” – Glinda, Citizens of Oz; “Dear Old Shiz” –. Defying Gravity Lyrics: Elphaba, why couldn't you stay calm for once / Instead of flying off the handle? Album Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) It's time to trust my instincts There's ever been—Glinda! This suggests the obvious relationship between 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Wicked' which. It's a hard thing to do as a writer — trust me, I know — but it's a worthy goal, Elphaba would mentally describe Glinda for a paragraph, and then suddenly can be a great tool for characterization, showing motivation, exploring relationships.
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On the subject of Crope and Tibbet, both of those two were just token homosexual characters with no individual personality, as if they were an afterthought to meet some sort of equal rights requirement from his publisher. I got the impression we were supposed to gasp at the idea of homosexuals in Oz, but no effort was made to make them into real characters. And the premise of this book is for us to try to understand the Witch better, right?
A little girl goes to the Wizard for help. She knows Dorothy is her intended assassin — what is she supposed to do, sit and wait for her to come and kill her? We as viewers know that Dorothy could never intentionally kill anybody. The narration makes it very clear that he is her son, referring to Fiyero as the father, etc, so we know he is. But she totally ignores him. Then the kid leaves him there where he sits for DAYS and almost dies.
I liked some other aspects of it, but this is what really made me hate her. This play is great! I like musicals in general, and this was better than average. It was everything the book should have been. Instead of being a meandering, slow-moving plot about a despicable character, it tells us about an Elphaba that I can actually relate to. The play is much more focused on the relationship between Glinda and Elphaba, which gave it a much stronger core.
In the book, the two were only anywhere near each other in one section.
The musical is focused around both of them, starting at Shiz, the college they both went to, and progressing to their meeting of the Wizard. From there, their paths diverge, but they are still both relatable. They both want to change the world, but Glinda tries to do so by society-approved advancement through government, and Elphaba tries her own radical ways.
We already know how this works out for them, of course, but I still rooted for Elphaba because she was clearly a good person at heart with a good cause.
There are a lot of amazing songs in the soundtrack. She deserves special mention because she plays such an amazing Glinda the Good Witch. Spot-on — the voice, the look — everything is perfect. Some of the lyrics were very impressive with their clever rhyming. For instance, the Wizard: Think of it as personality dialysis.
I should note that the play deviated from every other version in major ways. The Tin Man in this rendition turns out to be Boq. He asks her out, and then never has the nerve to break it off. He feels smothered, and one day during an argument between Nessa and Elphaba his heart gives out on him. Elphaba tries to save his life, and using the Grimmery, the magic book given to her by the Wizard, which she barely understands, she tries to find a spell that will save him.
The Scarecrow turns out to be Fiyero. He is engaged to Galinda for quite some time, and works in the military for the Wizard.
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Thus he became the scarecrow. Lysander knew it had only been two months since Glinda's last weekend visit to Aleppo, but also knew from experiences with his nieces and nephews and the children of his friends how fast they grew.
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Glinda turned to Lysander now, as though remembering he was there. Fiyero ushered them inside, leaving Chistery to bring in the luggage and put the carriage away; he had bowed deeply and politely refused Fiyero's offer to help, as he did every time. Fiyero and Glinda led the way into the cottage, and as they entered the living room, Lysander following close behind, he heard footsteps from behind him.Wicked Animatic
Lysander was slightly taken aback. Although he knew Elphaba was the same age as Glinda, he hadn't expected her to look so young. Nor had he expected the infamous green skin to be the dazzling emerald shade it was; or the large brown eyes to be full of light and happiness, although he could detect a glimmer of wariness in them as she met his gaze from over Glinda's shoulder.
Did you miss me? If you call her 'Elphie', you may not survive," he joked, and Glinda shot him a glare that implied he wasn't helping the situation. Lysander smiled nervously as he reached out a hand to shake Elphaba's. You don't like it?
I have no fathom of where Fiyero got 'Fae' from. She turned to look at him over her shoulder and raised an eyebrow. Despite everything Glinda's told me…" "The Wizard and Morrible's propaganda worked well then," Elphaba cut him off, a slight bitterness in her tone. Not everyone could do something like that, and especially to endure them saying such horrible things about you and spreading rumours and lies. People have been spreading rumours and lies about me my whole life.
The only difference with the Wizard was it wasn't just me he was lying about. And taking away the rights of Animas, stopping them from speaking and encaging them… no one ever fought for me.
But I wasn't going to let him make a scapegoat out of the Animals, because they were different. He was hoping… planning, to propose to Glinda soon, but was hoping to get Elphaba's approval first, knowing how much it would mean to the woman he loved. When they returned to the living room with the tea, Glinda was listening to Aerin's babbles attentively.
Sometimes it sounds like she's doing spells," he grinned and Glinda smiled. Glinda raised an eyebrow. Aerin turned her big brown eyes from Fiyero's face to Glinda's, then pulled herself up to a standing position.
That was nothing new, she'd been doing that on Glinda's last visit two months ago, but Glinda gaped as Aerin began to walk steadily and confidently into her godmother's arms.
We thought it would make a good surprise," she replied. Can you say it again, my pretty? Looking over at Lysander with a teary gaze, she saw he didn't miss it either. Aerin seemed delighted with her first word, although she couldn't- or wouldn't say "Dada" yet; but happily chirped "Mama" at Elphaba all night long over dinner until Fiyero took her to bed.
Knowing her friend as she did, Glinda knew Aerin calling Elphaba "Mama" and it being her first word, was so much sweeter because Elphaba had never even allowed herself to imagine she would ever be a mother.
Lysander smiled at her excitement and she could tell he was sincere as he nodded. I can't even imagine going through everything they have… and it's obvious you and Elphaba have a very special friendship. And the faith I have in you, to be one of the few people I can really trust. She's got the biggest heart of anyone I know and… well, she's the closest thing I've got to a sister. I mean that, despite everything that's ever happened between us, I've never seen anything like the love they have; and it's been so inspiring to know I watched him change because of her, and she didn't even know she was doing it.
Aerin is the most beautiful, precious little girl in all of Oz, and she deserves the childhood and the life that Elphaba never got. And you can trust me. I will never betray your trust and risk Elphaba and Fiyero's safety. You're right, Aerin deserves to retain her innocence as long as possible.
And I do trust you… more than anyone else in Oz," she added softly, blushing slightly and Lysander's heart leapt. Elphaba knew exactly what Glinda was referring to, but couldn't resist.