Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Okay, read the book? *Check* Watched the movie? *Check* Ready for the Books-to-Movie Challenge Discussion? *Double Check* I have to admit this was not my first time reading Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, I read it in one of my classes to get my English Degree but at the time I read it I remember thinking it was very different.  The book is broken into two different stories, the first is when Alice originally ventures into Wonderland by following the White Rabbit into a Rabbit Hole.  The Second is when Alice returns to Wonderland by walking through a Mirror.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is about when Alice returns to Wonderland but she does so through the rabbit hole again, not remembering her original visit to Wonderland.  The Alice in the movie spends a lot of time refusing to believe that what is happening is real, while the Alice in the novel takes everything in stride and adjusts rather quickly to the situations. The movie has elements from both stories, the battle on the giant chessboard is from the first story but the Jabberwockie is from the second. Basically, the movie is loosely based on the novels.

That being said, I LOVED the movie! The imagery was incredible! Nobody does mad like Johnny Depp! He was great as the Mad Hatter and made me think of one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)

Did anyone else catch the sexual tension between the Hatter and Alice? His whole line about her always being the wrong size was great!  I didn’t love Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, what was up with her hands the entire movie?! I think she was trying to be graceful and she came off as ridiculous! Let me know what you thought.

Do you think you have a good grasp of the story? Planning on throwing your own Mad Tea Party? Check out Alice in Wonderland Net for some great ideas and for other fun Alice related stuff.

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Reading Challenge

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With the holiday season upon us, it started me thinking about the New Year and what my New Year goals are going to be.  I am an incessant goal setter, every year I have several new resolutions that I write down (because written goals get accomplished more than unwritten goals). About mid-way through the year I like to step back and evaluate how I am doing on those goals.  This year I have decided to take a reading challenge and, after looking around on a few different blogs, I have decided to do the 100+ book challenge.  I have never kept track of how many books I read in a year but I know it is a lot.  I figure this is a great way for me to be motivated to keep track of how my reading is going.  I challenge all of you, my readers, to accept a reading challenge for the new year.  Post a comment and let me know which ones you have decided to do and mid-way through next year I will post to evaluate how we are doing.  Good reading!

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