I’ve always been fascinated by magic. Magical worlds and creatures are something I’d love to be real and present, but in our reality we can only experience these wonders through tales told by imaginative people, be it on screen, in books or paintings. Throughout the centuries, mankind has always been obsessed with imaginary, probably because we were worn out with wars, poverty, hunger and death, and we were constantly seeking an escape, and what better way than to escape into imagination.
Out of all these fantastical beings, the ones that grasped me the most were witches. Maybe because the concept of a woman with such power and knowledge is immensely tempting, or maybe because withes, unlike other fantastical beings, certainly feel more real and possible. Flying on a broom, casting spells and curses, having a familiar, concocting various potions – I’d sure love to try that, wouldn’t you? As I’ve recently read The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, I was reminded of that charm and mystery, so I’ve decided to compile some of the best books about these magical and intimidating women:
Of course this had to be on the list, because who can forget Professor McGonagall’s wisdom and bravery; Hermione’s skill and fierce loyalty; Luna’s dreaminess and imagination; Mrs. Weasley’s love and devotion. There are many more powerful witches in the series, but mentioning all of them would require a list of its own, you all know who they are.
Even though there are 5 more witches novels in the Discworld series, this one is if not my favorite, then the funniest of the lot. A coven of witches goes on a road-trip (on their brooms of course) to the magical land of Genua, to help princess Emberella after she lost her fairy godmother. On the way there, they encounter vampires, werewolves, bananana-flavored cocktails, and a certain Giamo Casanunda – World’s 2nd Greatest Lover. Similar to Shrek films, this novel is a parody on fairy tales, but masterfully crafted – you won’t stop laughing.
Everyone knows the wondrous flick with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, but the novel it’s based on is quite different. It’s more about their lives, magic, and them trying to escape it. Starting from Gillian and Sally’s childhood, through their teens, to their adulthood where Sally’s daughters Antonia and Kylie get a story-line of their own too. We follow these four amazing women in their fight with and acceptance of who they truly are.
Probably everyone who grew up during the 90s remembers this book or at least the amazing movie with Anjelica Huston. This is not a fairy tale; this is about real witches – the blurb says. These witches look like ordinary women, but underneath they are ugly and deformed and their main goal is to get rid of all children – by any means possible. A classic battle between good and evil, and a Roald Dahl classic.
Remember Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz? She triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West, but how did that witch become evil in the first place, where did she come from, and who was she? She was Elphaba, a misunderstood little green-skinned girl. I read the first 2 novels in this series a long time ago, and I really loved them, so I’m planning a reread soon, especially since I haven’t read the other 2 books that came out in the meantime.
Do you love witches? What are your favorite novels/shows/movies about them? I’m a huge Charmed fan, I can tell you that much. Happy reading, and I’m looking forward to your comments! 🙂
P.S. It seems I have an obsession with making lists, I should try to do less listing and more reading 😀