Alice in Wonderland is one of the most iconic children’s books in modern culture. I always find it incredibly frustrating when someone proclaims to be an Alice in Wonderland fan but has never read the books. I am not intending this to sound hipster but like a glacier the movie only shows a small chunk of what is actually going on in the story. There is SO much more in the books beyond what we see in the movies and just like everything else in life the book is so much better than the movie.
The cartoon is really mostly taken from through the looking glass. The Togi woods, the garden, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are all in through the looking glass. While the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party are a part of the Adventures in Wonderland.
One of the common misconceptions that is perpetuated in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is that the Queen of Hearts is the same as the Red Queen. They are in fact quite different. The Red and White Queens are chess pieces while the Queen of Hearts is naturally based on cards.
I always loved The Lion and the Unicorn scene in the book. Lol I don’t know why but ever since I was kid I have rooted for the Unicorn…
The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.
Of course this is based on old English history but in the book the poem is taken quite literally, culminating in Alice having to divide up the cake before they are all drummed out of the town, quite literally.
The books are a quirky read and definitely worth the time. What makes this one of my favorites is that the world that Alice is in is just so odd. It often reminds that we shouldn’t take life so seriously, that the logic of a child is all that is needed to make it through life.
Today is the first day of the A to Z Challenge. I will be taking a pause from all my other regular postings though I will be trying to merge a few together throughout the month. Here is the schedule I will be following:
What more will I be blogging about? Tune in to find out!