Being a Tim Burton fanatic, I was ecstatic when he directed a new version of Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp as the Hatter (and some chick playing Alice. Personally, I think the Hatter is the best character. All the best people are mad).
After discussing the movie with a friend, it occurred to me: Alice is EVERYWHERE.
“Take the blue pill,” Morpheus says to Neo in The Matrix, “and the story ends. Take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and find out how deep this rabbit hole goes.”
Also in The Matrix, Neo is told to follow the white rabbit.
The title character in Coraline enters a different world through a door that’s been painted over.
Lucy Pevensie in the Narnia series enters a “Wonderland” type of world, ruled by an evil queen who stole the crown by force.
The novel, Go Ask Alice, alludes to the story on an adult level; “Wonderland” being a place spawned by hallucinogens.
The main character in the movie, Resident Evil, is named Alice and the antagonist in the film is the Red Queen.
The list goes on and on.
My question is: why? What is it about Alice’s story that makes it so tempting to retell.
No. Really. It’s nonsense fiction. Its fun and absurd.
Take these lines from the Jabberwocky poem in Through the Looking Glass for example:
One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead and with its head
Went galumphing back.
Three made up words in four lines.
That is the appeal, I think. It is so ridiculous and twisted and buried in a hodgepodge of allegoryand symbolism that it’s hard not to pick it apart and put it back together in a new way. It’s a puzzle with a thousand ways to put it together.
I challenge you to write your own Alice story. No its not an “official” challenge, but I know you can’t resist. Write horror? No problem. Comedy? Even easier. Come on. You know you wanna.