Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Alice.

"I quite agree with you," said the  Duchess; "and the moral of that is--'Be what you would seem to be'--or if you'd like it put more simply--'Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.'" --Chap 9 Alices Adventures in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is probably one of my favorite stories. I think I enjoy it so much because its to a degree quite nonsensical. Although, through all the nonsense, it is very logical. So, it’s logical nonsense.

I mean, it does make a great deal of sense to tell someone a dry story if they want to dry off, however it’s not very practical. Or for instance to insist that if serpents eat eggs, anything that eats eggs must be some sort of serpent. It’s quite logical to assume such things, although such logic doesn’t make something in fact correct. 

However, when I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I can’t help but wonder if such a book would make it in today’s market. I mean, in a lot of ways its plotless, and wandering. Yet in it’s plotlessness it creates so many different ways you can go, which is why I think the story has captured the imaginations of so many.  

What is your favorite Alice in Wonderland?


  1. I know there's an adaption of Alice wondering around in the YA market right now, The Looking Glass Wars, but it's not of the same rambling type of writing Carrol had.

  2. I think I like the new one with Johnny Depp better than the cartoon, although both are fun. There's just something about seeing it in real life that really adds to the flavor! :)

  3. The whole book was based on logical nonsense. That's what makes it both a good piece of literature, and what makes it absolutely boring. I don't think it was written with story in mind. I think it was written with logical nonsense in mind. I think the adaptations of Alice in Wonderland are better than the original.

  4. I haven't read the book, but I LOVED the newest movie. I own it and I don't own very many movies :)

  5. I love Alice in Wonderland. In high school, we wrote our own play based on it. I hate most of the movie adaptions, except the cartoon. I do feel like AIW is right up your alley!

  6. My grandma always said, you are what you pretend to be.