It’s hard to believe it, but this year Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is 150 years old — that’s nearly 55 000 un-birthdays for those of you keeping track. After all this time, the world is still in love with a precocious girl who never fails to give into her curiosity come what may. That love has inspired many different incarnations of Alice and many different ideas of Wonderland. Here are some of the most memorable:
This Disney classic contains iconic scenes from Carroll’s Adventures and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Alice falls down the rabbit hole and into world of chaos where she meets White Rabbit, the Tweedle brothers, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and the dreaded Queen of Hearts. A good one to watch with the whole family.
This surreal film pays homage to the dark side of Wonderland. It uses a combination of live action and animation to create an unsettling and unforgettably disturbing vision. Probably not one to share with young kids. This title is available via Hoopla.
BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS
This novel asks the question, What of the world Alice left behind? It follows the accidental adventures of Alice’s friend Ada as she tumbles into Wonderland (after Alice), and also tells the story of Alice’s older sister Lydia who had been charged with minding her younger sister that fateful afternoon.
An exploration into what it might have been like to be the real life inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This novel looks at the life of Alice Liddell and explores the mysterious break in her relationship with Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll). If this book appeals, definitely read John Logan’s play Peter and Alice as well.
Let’s assume Lewis Carroll got a few things wrong and Wonderland is real. Alice is actually Alyss Heart, heir to the throne of Wonderland. Her aunt Redd murders her parents and Alyss fless Wonderland through the Pool of Tears and enters Victorian London where her adventures begin.
Which Alice is closest to your heart?