Thursday, April 26, 2012

W for Wicked Witch of the West

This is it, the homestretch of blogging A-Z and I admit I'm just a little relieved to have one less "duty" to fill. With summer fast approaching, my personal time is slowly epping away as the kids only have a few more weeks of school. *sheds a few tears* But as always, I've loved making new friends this month, and sharing new thoughts with old ones.

Thanks so much for making this month rock!

Now, in honor of W day, I give you my fave fictional character pick:


Boy oh boy, this lady had me shaking in my footed pajamas when I was a kid. She was the pure essence of evil, complete with bloodcurdling cackle. When I was a child, every year The Wizard of Oz would come on prime time TV as a special, and it'd take like four hours it seemed like ... with all those commercial breaks filtered through ... just about every year I fell asleep before it got to the end. lol

But also every year I'd be traumatized for nights thinking this lady was going to pop out of my closet and point her nasty finger at me. I was very young, mind you, and the older I got the less creepy she seemed and the more I admired the actual creation of the Wicked Witch of the West and marveled at Margaret Hamilton's ability to embody her wickedness onscreen.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum, and although I've never read the novel, I have to appreciate the classic plotline come to life through fantastical world building, and the Wicked Witch of the West will forever be an iconic image of all things horrible.

Any thoughts on the WWW? Did she scare you as a child? Did you like the book better than the 1930s film? Did the part where the lion sang the song King of the Forest make you wanna vomit? Yep, me too. 

30 comments:

shelly said...

The Wizard of Oz is still my favorite movie and the message keeps me going forward in whatever I'm trying to do.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The books have a different feel than the movie. Return to Oz captured it a little better, although it made for an odd film.

E.J. Wesley said...

She was such a perfect villain! Cruel. Powerful. Singleminded. You could even say sympathetic, once you read/see Wicked. : )

She scared the stuffing out of me too.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've never read the book and although I've seen the movie, I can't remember the part where the lion sings "King of the Forest"... maybe I blocked it out.

Excellent choice in the Wicked Witch though. She's a terrific villain.

Old Kitty said...

Awww I love the scaredy Lion but I also love how this was the first time I saw a witch with a green face too!! Yay! take care
x

Eric said...

I absolutely love this villain. I can't say she scared me as a child, but I have always liked how awesomely evil she was. Oh, and no I didn't cringe at the Lion's song. I guess I just took it for what it is - simple fun in a simply fun movie.

Donna Yates said...

Best choices for W. The movie and the witch were unforgettable.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I was okay with the Wicked Witch of the West, because I'd already been so severely traumatised by the Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that anyone else seemed tame in comparison! (Just typing that name sent shivers down my spine!)

Cherie Larkins said...

I love the Wizard of Oz! I too was scared of the wicked witch of the west. I think the scarecrow was my fave character.

William Kendall said...

I've read the novel, which works much better for me. I deeply loath the movie... for the simple fact that it's a musical. Ackkk!!!!

Linda Jackson said...

I was simply afraid of witches in general. I could've of sworn I saw one in our kitchen one night. I ran to my mom's room and told her. She made me go back to bed. I thought I would die from fright.

And I can't stand the cowardly lion...

kmckendry said...

I never read the book and yes the Wicked Witch of the West totally creeped me out as a kid!

Roger Lawrence said...

She did scare me as a child, but not as much as the Daleks. Funnily enough, I can almost hear her high pitched voice shouting "Exterminate!!" Or maybe that was just my mother.

McKenzie McCann said...

Prepare for my inner Glinda to come out...

ELPHIEEEE.

The Wizard of Oz is my mother's favorite movie, so when Wicked came into town, we got tickets the moment they went on sale. I liked Elphaba's role in Wicked much more than the movie. Idina Menzel rocked that role.

Carla White said...

This is my favourite movie of all time! The WWW is definitely an evil and easy to hate character, but I think she's highly under-developed in the book. In Sept., I am going to see the musical "Wicked", which is adapted from the first in a series of books on the backstory of the wicked witches of Oz. I plan to read the books before I see it and I am excited to learn about where they came from and why they became evil, because as we all know, most evil characters were not born that way.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good subject for W post, great to read. Yes wer'e on the home staight of the challenge thought Fri/Sat evening will be late commenting as I am going to concerts but will catch up before the challenge ends.

Yvonne.

Siv Maria said...

Favorite movie of all time. I used to put on the play in our garage as a kid...Ha ha ha, I still want those ruby slippers!

Anita said...

I always found this witch scary, but have never read the book.
Thanks for a great W post :)

Jay Noel said...

She freaked me out, but the flying monkeys were even more terrifying!

Leslie Rose said...

When I was a kid, Wizard of Oz was on TV once a year. We went to watch it at my grandpa's the year he got a color TV. I had no idea the WW was GREEN. It totally freaked me out. I always took a snack break when the Lion sang.

Jemi Fraser said...

For me, this is one case where movie far outshines the books. I love, LOVE, this movie!

Trisha said...

Yep, she's always creeped me out! But I loved the interpretation of her story in Wicked :D

Suzi said...

Loved the Wizard of Oz movie and since the kids are into it too, I've seen it a lot lately.

Last year I read the book and was completely stunned at the differences. I had to censor parts from my 5 year old, like the chopping off of creatures heads and how/why the tin mad was made. Definitely not for a 5 year old.

I have to say, I didn't enjoy the book all that much. But I definitely suggest reading it because of those differences.

Jeremy Bates said...

Asa kid I flipped out when the witch threw a fireball at the Scarecrow. The character was written well in the book, which I read as a youth, and played excellently in the 1939 film.

If you ever get a chance, google 'mistakes in the Wizard of Oz' and then watch the flick again. You'll me amazed! I did this with my high school students.

Lexa Cain said...

Oh! The best one yet. I just love to hate the evil witch! Hee-hee-hee.

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Savannah Chase said...

Oz is such a classic...Fantastic choice.

Laura Marcella said...

Hello, Pk! I LOVE The Wizard of Oz movie and the entire book series!! I haven't read them in a while, though.

When I was little, I had all the Wizard of Oz dolls (I still have them!) and would play with them all the time. Buuut, at night I refused to sleep with the Wicked Witch in my room! So my parents would put her in their closet for the night. The next morning I'd retrieve her no problem and continue playing. My vivid imagination thought she'd come alive at night for some reason, LoL!

The Wicked Witch of the West and Ursula from The Little Mermaid were two of the scariest villains in my childhood!

Have a lovely weekend and happy A to Z!!

fOIS In The City said...

PK, sad though it is, the lion was my least fav character. Naturally, most loved the scarecrow ...

My kids think I'm the WWW and they may be right ... so watch it ... "...and your little dog too!" (insert cackle)

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Excellent "W" post!

I loved the multicolored horse as a kid. And I want one of those surly apple trees in my backyard.