Z is for . . . Zelena

What a witch! The history of Zelena and a trip into all the children’s tales I remember fondly.

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You guys didn’t think I could go through an entire list of female monsters without talking about the Wicked Witch of the West, did you? Because there’s no way.

The Wicked Witch of the West has had many incarnations. She first appeared in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series, and especially in recent years, her image as utterly wicked has been called into question. Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series creates a back story for the witch full of political intrigue and family secrets. The musical based on the first book has received high acclaim.

ZAnd even more recently, ABC introduced Zelena (Lost alum Rebecca Mader), the half-sister of the Evil Queen, Regina (Lana Parrilla). Unlike the Maguire books, in which Elphaba was green from birth due to a potion her mother drank during her affair with the wizard, Zelena’s green color comes from something else—she became so envious of…

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