|Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West|
The point of me telling you this is that finding an angle on a story is essentially finding something related to a subject that you like or are interested in. An inquisitive writer should be able to do that about any given subject. A writer who earns a decent wage is certainly someone who has to have that skill. If you can't find any interest in the subject, don't take the commission. Life's too short to write about something that bores you. Given that Wicked is looking at the Oz story from another perspective, I admired the imagination. Certainly I admired the sustained success of it - people are still snapping up tickets to see it nearly 10 years after the Broadway debut. If only I'd written it! If you're interested on the angle I took, you can read what I came up with here.