Wicked & Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Book Pairing

Wicked   Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

If you like novels that are rewritten to explain the other side of a well known story—you will like these.  What I mean by this is that you may be familiar with The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella but do you really know the FULL story for both?  The only thing pairing these books together would be the fact that they were written from the viewpoint of another character who was just as immersed in the tale as the protagonist.  In this case, they are the antagonists or “evil” people of the story who have a chance to explain themselves.  We get an opportunity to actually feel sympathy for the villains.  Another minor detail is that both these novels were written by Gregory Maguire.  When Wicked came out, I was so intrigued by the concept of reading the “other” version of a story which I basically knew by heart.  I was (and still am) a fan of The Wizard of Oz, so I wanted to know more about what made the wicked witch so terrible.  I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied to get the “whole” picture.  In Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, I could really say that I had more empathy for the stepsister than I did for Cinderella, when it came down to who suffered more.  There is even a twist at the end of the novel, which I really enjoyed.  These books are not the same as alternate history stories.  What makes them unique is that they tell the same story through another person’s eyes.  Even this can be like playing “telephone” and you may get a slightly different interpretation but more or less, the main facts don’t change.  If you haven’t read these, I suggest you read at least one and if you liked one, you will probably like the other.  You may even start to read Maguire’s whole series of novels.

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