~First Line Friday~

First Line is my favorite weekly post! Booklovers can share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading, just finished or just randomly grab one off your shelf…💗

This week my Friday First Line is inspired by one of my thrift store finds last weekend. After seeing The Lion King I’m looking forward to our next musical to come to Eugene, Wicked. This book inspired the acclaimed Broadway musical, Wicked.

First opening line

On the Yellow Brick Road

A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind’s forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. White and purple summer thunderheads mounded around her. Below, the Yellow Brick Road looped back on itself, like a relaxed noose.

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Genre: fantasy

Author: Gregory Maguire

Pub Date: 2000


When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Have you seen this musical? Or read this series?

This book is the first in the Wicked Years Series. Here are the other three…

I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your First Line…Even if you don’t have time for much reading, grab a book off your shelf and share a first line!

Happy Friday friends! Have a wonderful weekend!



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14 replies »

  1. Weeeel, I am reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood…are you sure you want to hear the first line? Lol

    “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formally played there; the hoops for the basketball nets were still in place, though the nets were gone. A balcony ran around the room, for the spectators, and I thought I could smell, faintly like an afterimage, the pungent scent of sweat, shot through with the sweet taint of chewing gum and perfume from the watching girls, felt-skirted as I knew from pictures, later in mini-skirts, then pants, then one earring, spiky, green-streaked hair.

    Ok, that wasn’t so bad. Have you read this? I am actually on page 313, so I have a ways to go yet. Happy Friday!

  2. I keep meaning to read this, I’ve seen the musical, and for some reason I just don’t. It’s definitely on the list. Oh, and I LOVE the gnome. Each spring the botanical garden nearby hides gnomes throughout the gardens. The kids love trying to find them all.

    • Oh how fun! I love our little gnome! That sounds like it would be entertaining to watch. Did you enjoy the musical? I can’t wait to see it!

  3. I saw Wicked a few years back when it came to TPAC & loved it. Maguire’s is one of those series I’ve been meaning to read for years but just keep not getting around to it. I’m reading Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried this week, so my first line is “First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey.””

    Have a lovely weekend, Lana!

  4. No, I don’t know that series. I’m not much into fantasy as a genre. I am reading “Whistling in the Dark” by Frederick Buechner. First line = “I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark because, in much the same way, it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay.”

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