Thoughts About Wicked

I saw Wicked yesterday, and the one word to describe it? Awesome. And not just cool, but awesome. As in, full of awe. [That’s actually the proper usage and definition.] The costumes, music, acting, effects—everything.

For you imbeciles [I kid, I kid :)] who don’t know what Wicked is, let me enlighten you. It is a musical about the Wicked Witch of the West, and how she became wicked. So it’s like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz fanfiction, onstage!

Please note: I will try to keep this spoiler-free, but I will warn you if I absolutely have to spoil something. However, I will assume you know the story of Dorothy and such, so that will be “spoiled.”

It starts at the end of the story, right after Dorothy has melted her. They sing a song called “No One Mourns the Wicked” which was delivered spectacularly. Right after that number, I knew it would be amazing. The townspeople had well-sewn outfits and their voices were…crazy good.

Then it “flashbacks” to when Glinda, then Galinda, and Elphaba meet at Shiz, and it goes from there.

Some highlights:

When Galinda and Elphaba have to room with each other, and sing a song about it.

“I’m Not That Girl,” because it’s so pretty. [Not. Spoiling.]

The finale of Act I, “Defying Gravity.” The effects are amazing, and Emma Hunton, who played Elphaba, had an amazing voice. She has great breath-control and power!

The steampunk-esque costumes for the citizens of the Emerald City.

When Elphaba sings “No Good Deed.”

The finale of Act II.

Now, what did I not enjoy?

The actor who played Fiyero’s voice. It was nasally, and not very strong. Although he did a great job at acting, so I applaud him for that! His spotlight song, “Dancing Through Life,” was everything I hoped it to be.

I guess that’s all I didn’t enjoy…Oh, yeah. The unnecessary dragon, who, although it was a great work of art, had no part, except being a “clock dragon,” which I did not get.

I also loved how it tied in with the original story. [Spoilers ahead.] You see a caged lion cub, which turns out to be the Cowardly Lion. Then Fiyero is taken by the guards and “hung” in a cornfield. Elphaba, to protect him, puts a spell on him, turning him into a scarecrow. And Boq, the munchkin, who pretends to be in love with Nessarose to please Glinda, becomes heartless because of Nessa. Then, when Elphaba tries to save him, she turns him to tin, and he becomes the Tin Man.

If you have not seen this play, try to see it! It is truly amazing. If you can’t do that, look up the soundtrack on YouTube. The soundtrack is what got me into it. :)

Have you seen Wicked? If so, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

P.S. You’ve probably noticed that I changed my blog format. What do you think?


Let’s Talk to My Characters

Since Day 1 of the 100-4-100 is tomorrow, and I’m kind of stuck on Nakoma, I thought I should do this writer-y technique I saw on NaNoWriMo or Go Teen Writers or something like that. You put some of your characters in a room, and just let them talk. They talk about the plot, what they think, what should happen next, etc. I encourage you to do this, too!

Let’s get started.

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read past this point if you are not up-to-date with my WIP, Nakoma. There will be many spoilers. You can read it here.

*enter Nakoma, Jay, Silas, Daisy, Alec, Marian, and Falia*

ME: Welcome, everyone. I’m glad you could come. Please, take a seat. First of all, what do you think about the plot so far? Nakoma?

Nakoma: You are so cruel to me, making all of my friends and family horrible and turn against me–

Jay: What about me?

Nakoma: She’ll probably do it to you, too, with that heart of ice she has!

ME: Thank you, Nakoma. Anyone else?

Falia: I’m glad that Nakoma and I found each other, but I wish we could spend more time together.

Alec: There is not enough of me, or my leader!

ME: Noted. Next, what do you want to see going forward in the novel?

Nakoma: A happily-ever-after. I suffer too much!

Jay: The Stones…I kind of need them…

Daisy: Death! And destruction!

ME: Okay… I cannot guarantee anything, though. Falia?

Falia: I’d like us to win the war. And for Nakoma to be okay! My goodness, I forgot about Nakoma!

Nakoma: O.O

ME: Sisterly love… :P Marian, you’ve been quiet. What do you want?

Marian: Crimson Rising defeated. And all those weird, rainbow-eyed monsters gone.

ME: O.O But Nakoma’s your daughter…

Marian: I don’t care. That idiotic Cadmium almost killed Falia!

ME: Alec, what do you want to happen with CR?

Alec: I want us to rule the world, of course!

ME: And why did you put Silas and Daisy in charge–Silas! I nearly forgot you were here. Thoughts?

Silas: Nakoma is so naïve; she doesn’t know anything. I hope she dies. And I am happy ruling Hermosa.

ME: ‘Kay… Back to Alec. Why did you put Silas and Daisy in charge of Hermosa?

Alec: They are loyal. I know they would never go against me.

Daisy: *snickers* You never know what can happen…

ME: OMG. Can you say plot twist?

Nakoma: That would be crazy. I doubt it, though. I saw her fade away…

ME: You’ve all told me things you want to happen in the long run, but how about in the next chapter or so?

Nakoma: I want to get to CR.

Jay: To find out what Christelle was doing when she found me.

Silas: Avoid the war.

Daisy: You coward! I want to fight.

ME: Short term, please.

Silas: We don’t even have a POV!

ME: Point taken… Alec?

Alec: Find Nakoma and her gang and get them.

BTW, imagine the other characters don’t know what will happen… The only flaw!

Marian: Go to Crimson Rising and defeat them before Nakoma does.

Falia: Go to CR, when Nakoma gets better.

ME: Last question. Do you want people to die, and if so, who? And who do you think I will choose to kill?

Jay: Um, Crimson Rising?

ME: Okay, besides your mortal enemies.

Jay: No one! But I have a feeling you’ll kill of Falia…

Falia: O.O No! Kill… *whispers in my ear*

ME: *grins* Good idea, Falia.

Nakoma: I think I’ll die, since I’m the main character.

Alec: I don’t really care if any of my soldiers die, as long as it’s for Crimson Rising. I bet you’ll kill Roxane or Daisy.

Daisy: I’d love LOTS of deaths. > : )

ME: Well, that wraps this lovely meeting up. Again, thank you for coming. I may meet with you soon.

*everyone leaves*

I hope you enjoyed that! I sure did.

How do you like the plot so far, what do you want to happen next, and who do you think will die? Tell me in the comments below.

P.S. I’m seeing Wicked today! [Actually, I’m writing this Saturday and posting Sunday; I’m sneaky.] So excited!!!