Fairytale Retellings & Prompts: Alice in Wonderland

This month we’re doing a series called the A-Z blogging challenge where we dive into Fairytale Retellings and provide prompts for writers. Writers are the people making the books, television shows, and movies of tomorrow. For more information on the challenge check out my earlier post here.

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 5)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll

It tells of a young girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. 

It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. (Why didn’t the nonsense genre take off?) One of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction, its narrative course, structure, characters, and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. 

The work has never been out of print, and it has been translated into at least 97 languages. Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, art, theme parks, board games, and video games. Carroll published a sequel in 1871, entitled Through the Looking-Glass.

Surprisingly, Alice is very good at giving herself advice but seldom does she follow it. Because of this she is lead by her own subconscious into one silly or outrageous scenario after another. When Alice enters the bizarre dimension of Wonderland and later steps into the alternative realm of Wonderland, the Looking Glass, she finds it harder and harder to maintain her composure and keep her patience because of all the poppycock and nonsense that occurs in these strange, undiscovered places. Alice also can be unintentionally mischievous and hypocritical, for when anyone words something incorrectly in a sentence, Alice will call them out on it and correct them on the “vulgar” use of grammar. Yet at times Alice herself does not speak correctly but never catches herself slipping or making these mistakes she criticizes others of being guilty of. This causes Alice to come off as arrogant and narcissistic at times even though she means well.

The Alice behind the Alice

To most people who are familiar with Wonderland and the classic tale of little girls falling down rabbit holes and murderous Croquet playing Queens, Alice is just an imaginary figure who finds herself in impossibly illogical situations due to her burning curiosity. She is a popular and iconic character of fiction who was created in the year 1865 by children’s author and storyteller Lewis Carroll. She is the protagonist of the stories and 90% of all the adaptions made after.

The inspiration for Alice was actually based on a real child: a close friend of Carroll who was also named Alice (Alice Liddell). Carroll would tell stories about strange adventures underground to entertain Alice and her other sisters as innocent fun on warm summer days.

While having little picnics on the vast meadows near the lakes of Oxford, London, reading poems, having luncheon with tea, painting pictures, building card houses, and making flower crowns, Carroll and his sophisticated party very much enjoyed these funny stories on those golden afternoons to pass the time. Later on, Lewis Carroll would collect these stories, and go on to write his famous classic book, originally titled “Alice’s Adventures Underground“, which he would dedicate to the real-life Alice Liddel.

There are a few available books written about the real Alice and the relationship she had with Carroll. Specifically, one titled (Alice I Have Been) by author Melanie Benjamin, and another titled (She Haunts Me So) by author Jenny Woolf. Both novels are slightly romanticized in writing but are mainly based on all fact.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of facts about Alice’s Adventures. If you could flip this one what would you do with it?

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ABOUT T.S. VALMOND:

T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.

6 Comments

  1. The Alice novels are among my all-time favorite books.

    1. I admit freely, I haven’t read the books, at least if I did, I don’t remember. I’ll have to go back and read it someday but the story is a fascinating one.

  2. I love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! Great story.
    W is for Women

    1. Thank you!

  3. I didn’t know Alice was a real girl!

    The Multicolored Diary

    1. Me either! What a neat surprise!

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