I saw Wicked four times and I only read the Wicked book once. Well, those two are not faithful to each other at all. I love the musical while I dislike the book. What makes these two different from each other?
When I read the book, I found the book to be too dark and realized that the musical is not faithful to it. The book does not have a center core of friendship like the musical has and there was no love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I felt like I was less emotionally connected to the characters compared to the musical. The book read more like a tragedy than the musical. The book is something I plan to not read again. It was so weird reading a book with a plot that was so drastically different than the musical.
So what makes the musical more special? The musical was closer to being a comedy because it is more family friendly and has a center core, which many people can relate to. The musical is mainly about the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. The fact that Elphaba and Glinda, the two protagonists, are part of the love triangle strengthens the friendship. The musical makes me feel more emotionally connected to Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero because I find that the songs help and that the characters feel more relatable. I find the musical easier to understand than the book. The spectacle and dance aspect of the musical also makes the musical more enjoyable than the book. The musical sparked my love for musicals.
So which fares betters, the musical or the book? I think the plot of the musical is stronger than the plot of the book. It focuses on friendship and that is something that everyone can relate to. Than there is the complex, strong, and mature love triangle and it helps strengthen the friendship. The musical fares better because it is more geared towards people of all ages. I find the book to be too dark and the plot to be too unreliable and boring. So the musical defiantly fares better than the book.
What are your opinions about the book and the musical.