Honestly, it’s not even that love triangles are necessarily the problem, though they are horrifically over-used plot devices for virtually every story trying to target what they think young girls want. It’s just that when everything a female character does is motivated by a man, that’s a big problem.
I mean, in the book, Galinda changed her name to Glinda as an honorable way to show tribute to a murdered college professor she greatly admired who was killed by the government to silence his radical ideas and called her that name.
In the musical she changed it just to god damn impress Fiyero and make him THINK she’s deep and thoughtful, because she thinks he’s hot. Cue the laugh track in the audience as she smiles, winks, and strolls away on her crate full of shoes.
I think the only character in Wicked’s musical that is both a woman and not driven in the story by trying to get with a man is Madame Morrible, and even then she is only second-banana to the Wizard and not much else.
Also they turned fiyero from a black prince struggling with being in a foreign land and bonding with Elphaba over their shared other-ness in the eyes of Oz culture, who is torn and shamed over his urge to abandon his duties and family just to have a fling… into just a blond white party dude who just loves her so much because the plot says they fall in love in this scene,
and doesn’t think twice about doing whatever he wants because “who cares I’m rich I can do whatever”
I don’t like that either. I don’t like any of that.
Who even thought when writing the musical adaptation to wicked “Alright, well, this dark and adult psychological journey of a woman battling a corrupt political system trying to erase and oppress talking animals while rapidly losing grip on her mind has potential…
But lets just throw all that out and make it about boys, love triangles, friendship, and hugs. Everything is motivated by boys. The wicked witch of the east? She isn’t a cruel dictator out of religious zealotry, she just wants a man. Glinda? man. Elphaba? The same man omg Loooove triangle. Boysboysfriendsboysshoesboysshoes”
Ugh it’s just so unfair, you know? Olivia Pope is only 14 years old and she has only one year to learn absolutely everything there is to rule an entire kingdom on her own. World history, national history, internal and foreign affairs, military strategizing, economics, how to dress, how to talk, how to maintain composure and presence, not to MENTION how to use a weapon, and she can only learn so much at a time and everyone is constantly demanding she be a pro at all of it at once…
I just want to see Queen Pope succeed. .. and not marry that creepo duke who’s like 31.
I don’t understand… I don’t understand. I gave her a fancy business suit… I taught her to be composed, charismatic, and knowledgable on all topics regarding politics and subterfuge…
And yet she still died from being shot to death by arrows.
Excuse me, are these bandits NOT AWARE that Olivia Pope doesn’t need a sword to be a gladiator??
I named my Queen-in-training Olivia Pope by the way.