Monday, 1 April 2013

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Today marks the beginning of the 2013 Blogging from A-Z Challenge. Throughout the month of April, participants would be blogging their way through the letters of the alphabet. My theme for this year's challenge is speculative fiction books, so I'll be highlighting some of my favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror books, all month long. And what better way to start than with one of the most influential fantasy books ever written: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Originally published in 1865, the book tells the story of a little girl named Alice, who follows a strange white rabbit (on an otherwise ordinary day) to Wonderland, a fantasy world inhabited by talking animals. It is a dreamlike tale that is really just (as the title suggests) a collection of loosely-connected adventures. Most of it involves Alice trying to figure out a way to solve one problem or the other, and their resolutions tend to be just as ludicrous as the problems themselves, if not more so.

One of the things that has endeared this book to readers for nearly 150 years is its cast of quirky and unforgettable characters. From Alice's childlike curiosity, to the Cheshire Cat's fading grin, and the Queen of Heart's tendency to pronounce on-the-spot decapitations; it is these characters that truly make this otherwise nonsensical story a worthwhile read for children and adults alike.

Alice in Wonderland has been repeatedly adapted into film, the two most popular adaptations being the 1951 Disney animated classic and the more recent Tim Burton version (2010). It has also influenced a string of other books (not to mention films like The Matrix and Sucker Punch), a few of which I would be highlighting in the days to come.

P.S: A special shout out goes to Arlee Bird, who started the Blogging from A-Z challenge in 2010. Thanks, Mr. Bird, for helping so many people in the blogging communities find one another.

38 comments:

  1. It did have quirky characters! I've heard Carroll really was on drugs when he wrote it.

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    1. Really? Wow. I guess that explains a lot. LOL.

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  2. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book. I'm so glad it was your A. It really is one of the most influential books ever written...and one of the most imaginative.

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  3. My favorite movie rendition of this, one of my favoritest books in the world, is the one with Carol Channing, Ringo Star, Arte Johnson, Telly Savalas, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. that was released in 1985. Just in case you haven't seen it - here's a list of characters and more about it. You HAVE to see it. Scary Jabberwocky in it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_%281985_film%29
    Great post!

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    1. I haven't seen the 1985 film, and it really does sound like something I need to go back and see. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. Haha, nice review! I did mine on a book that's supposed to be kinda like Alice in Wonderland, it's called Alice In Zombieland!

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    1. I love zombies, so I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks.

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  5. The characters in Alice are unique, indeed. You're right--it's part of what makes it so endearing.

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    1. Yep. I am so in love with the Queen of Heart's right now. LOL.

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