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12th-Dec-2011 11:05 am "Silent Prayer" by mellish (Teen and Up)
Fandom: Musical Theater / Wicked
Pairing: None
Length: ~ 2.5K words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: At AO3

Why this must be read: Wicked is an interesting study in fandom. Despite major divergences between the universes of the book and musical, it's usually taken as a single fandom, with fic writers picking and choosing which aspects of which canon they prefer. "Silent Prayer" is rooted in the book-verse, and probably wouldn't make a ton of sense to a reader only familiar with the musical. But it's a good read nonetheless, and its kinder outlook is certainly more in line with the show's portrayal of the Thropp sisters. This fic is nominally a look at Elphaba observing Nessarose over the years while considering her own role as the older sister, but in the process, the future Wicked Witch reveals quite a bit about herself.

Elphaba found it rather sad, the first time she had seen her baby sister attempt to crawl against their splintering wooden floor, chin against the ground as she scraped forward on her knees. )

Silent Prayer
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1st-Dec-2011 08:50 am Fandom Overview: Musical Theater
 (Mods, we need some serious musical theater tags!)

If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!Musical theater fandom is an interesting animal. Like any entertainment genre, its topics and themes are as varied as human experience. What’s curious, though, is that Broadway nerds like me often tend to just enjoy musical theater, period, whether it’s the Gothic gore of Sweeney Todd, the feel-good brightness of Hairspray, or the madcap history lesson of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Despite a range of musical styles and diverse modes of storytelling, musical theater somehow lends itself to a comprehensive fandom of sorts.

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