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7 Responses to “Random Alice Sightings”

  1. 2 5minutespeace
    March 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Ahh there’s just so much scope for creativity with the Alice tales, I love how the diversity from the characters can translate into inspirational things even today.

    I’m so glad i’ve come across your blog as this week i’m doing an Alice in Wonderland feature on my own blog and will definitely recommend your blog for viewing. Going to have another mooch around now.

    Here’s a link to my blog if you want to see what i’ve posted ‘alice-wise’ so far

    • March 4, 2010 at 6:06 am

      It always amazes me just how much influence Alice has even now: I was on a management course yesterday, and Alice’s conversation with the Cheshire Cat was quoted. She’s become part of our culture and our subconscious…

  2. 4 5minutespeace
    March 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I was discussing Alice with a colleague at work today about how Tim Burton has changed the original story so much to the point of this 2010 tale being completely different to the original tale.
    My colleague suggested that where Burton went wrong is that he made it too creepy in an apocalyptic way to the point of no return. I argued, like a lot of Victorian 18/19th century darkness, suggestion and fear were a common theme (er, hello Grimm brothers?

    I argued that yes Tim Burton is known for his ability to use cinematography to the point of suspension of disbelief but that dark matter was already there in the original Lewis Carroll theme. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

    • March 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

      I haven’t seen the film yet, but I know that from the outset Burton had said it was a new story, and NOT just a retelling of either Wonderland or Looking Glass: I think they can be challenging to film as there’s not really much of a plot to them, just character.

      As for the creepyness, people have always found darkness in the Alice books, and plenty of them have explored that side: look at the American McGee computer game or some or the Graphic Novels based on Alice. Even the Jefferson Airplane song feels fairly scary… all this must come from somewhere. After all, the books contain death jokes, monsters, threatening situations, and a fair number of just plain rude and unpleasant people, but Alice seems to be oblivious to most of it, or too polite to comment…

      Hoping to see the film today, if we can get in…

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