I’m certain I am not the first person to opine that I liked the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire better than the Broadway musical it inspired. I did thoroughly enjoy the musical, however. The national tour is presently playing in Salt Lake City, and yesterday I attended a matinee performance with my family. I wasn’t exactly swept away, like so many of the ardent devotees were, but the show is so well written and well produced that it is fully realized. Calling it an adaptation of the novel does not do it justice. These are two separate art forms which beget their own forms of appreciation. I know of many fans who adore the musical but do not care for the novel. More iterations of the story allow for greater appreciation, so I say encore!
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The last two books I read were Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I recommend them both to interested readers! I am just about to finish George MacDonald’s Phantastes (a book which inspired C.S. Lewis), but that one has a narrower appeal. Next on my list is the new novel by Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book.