Thursday, November 17, 2011

WICKED on Something Wicked


This has been a busy week—my birthday was this week and my two daughters took me out to dinner and then to a performance of WICKED. I had a great time. Not only was it wonderful spending time with my girls, but WICKED was fantastic. I’d not read the book and this was my first exposure to the new take on the old classic.

It was interesting. I managed to deduce who would become the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in advance. Plus I also saw parallels between what was happening in Oz and the rise of the Third Reich. And whether or not it was the intent of the author, to me the theme was the fact that sometimes perceptions have little bearing on the truth. During the intermission, I of course shared these pithy observations with my girls, to which my youngest daughter rolled her eyes (particularly when I mentioned the Third Reich) and asked why I couldn’t just sit there and enjoy the musical.

But I was enjoying the musical. While my daughter’s enjoyment stemmed from seeing and listening to music that she loves being performed live, mine came from trying to figure out what would happen next and what point the story was making. We were both having fun, but approaching it from a different perspective. We were viewing the same performance, but through our own filters.

I think this is really true when it comes to books, too. I write a book drawing from my own life; my own feelings; my own perceptions yet when it’s read, the person reading it is seeing the story and the characters through their eyes not mine. How they relate to that is based on their life experiences. And to be honest, there have been instances when I’ve been amazed at what a reader picks up on between the lines. Sometimes it’s something I intended, but many times it’s not.

And that’s okay. I don’t care what assumptions the reader makes. The only thing that’s important to me as the author is that the reader enjoys experiencing the story.

So did Mr. Maguire intend to write about intolerance and false perceptions in WICKED? I don’t know—I’ve not read any interviews where he discusses his work. After watching or reading WICKED, did anyone else come to the same conclusions that I did? I don’t know the answer to that one either. But again—does it matter? As long as I enjoyed the experience, and that I certainly did!

That’s it for this week—we’re still running the LOVE LIES BLEEDING contest on the Jess McConkey—Author Facebook page and we’re getting close…73 “likes”! Only 27 more to go and we’ll do the giveaway!! Have a good rest of the week and I’ll see you next Thursday.

Best,
Shirley

1 comment:

Sharon said...

I love musicals! I haven't seen many, but they are so much fun. I am probably more like your daughter. I will just sit back and enjoy. Now when it comes to movies and TV I become SuperCritic! I jump into beta mode and pick the hell out of it . Drives my husband nuts.

Since you didn't announce your birthday I couldn't send you my favorite birthday themed video! Go listen and dance :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC_gkcplz_4