The Rise and Fall of Fiction focuses on several fictional characters and tries to offer three different perspectives on each: the original (we’ve been taught about), the wishful (the characters would choose themselves if given the chance), and the one we force upon them through remakes (movies and commercials inspired by, but not merely loyal to their original stories).
Here you may observe the rise and fall of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Wicked Witch of the West – as we know it.
The Wicked Witch of the West – as it would if she could.
What could a Wicked Witch wish for?
She’s a natural born evil, so she wouldn’t change a bit her ways, nor the world she’s living in. But she has a soft spot that could cost her both, and her life; if there’s a choice to be made, that would regard this particular weakness.
In the original story, the Wicked Witch of the West died of water. So she must put a spell on herself, and become waterproof. Oooh, those lovely bubble baths she longed for since she remembers! (Who knows, the soap might wash that filthy green away, and this would be more than any witch – bad or good – could ever wish for!)
Moral: sometimes, we only need to correct one weakness, or to improve one aspect in our life, to be completely at peace with ourselves. (And to survive.)
The Wicked Witch of the West – as we misuse it.
The best job Wicked Witch of the West found in our world, involves going to the movies, every Wednesday, with her urban friend, thanks to Orange. It’s a risky business, though. As she used to laugh out loud and to act foolish, some angry fellows in the upper row might throw some Coca Cola on her, and we all know what would happen next.
The worst job she got was for a certain congress candidate; in the end, she gets some water spilling, over and over again. She died many times while filming that awful commercial, but they revived her every time, only to restart the painful process.
I feel pity for the Wicked Witch. I’d give her a proper mission, although the field is pretty tight. Once the waterproofing spell applied, she could be hired to freak out disobedient children (under 3…).