Mar. Classic Challenge: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

My classic of the month for March was Alice and Wonderland! I’ll be the first one to admit that I was terrified of the animated Disney movie as a child. (Okay, yes, it still creeps my out.) In middle school, I read The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor which is an Alice “retelling” and loved them. Last month, I read Heartless which I had received in an OwlCrate many moons ago, and figure it was finally time to read this much-loved children’s classic. I own this gorgeous edition that was also included in the aforementioned OwlCrate, and dug right in.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Published: July 4, 1865 (edition by Rock Paper company published 2016)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 Stars)

Perhaps it’s because I’m a little too old for it, but this book was just not for me. It was like a transcription of all of my childhood nightmares into a single book. Alice eats a mushroom and her neck turns into a serpent for goodness sake! Although this book is famous for it’s nonsense, there was so much that it detracted from any storyline that was apparent. I can see why children may enjoy this book, with all it’s topsy turviness, but I know for a fact that I never would have.

While it was interesting to read the source material for two books/series that I enjoyed, I think I’ll stick with the retellings on this one. It made me appreciate Marissa Meyer’s storytelling abilities in Heartless a lot more, and for that it was worth the hour or two of my life. I can now tell people that I’ve read this children’s classic! And also, tell the people who argued with me about the movie that NO, the book does not make me like the movie more. Though I may go and rewatch the movie at some point to see what similarities I can spot (during the day in a well lit area of course)!

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