Thursday, 11 June 2015

Alice In Wonderland: 150 Years of Nonsense, Un-birthdays & Madness

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the well-treasured books written by Lewis Carroll.

Alice and her surreal, nonsense-filled adventures in the magical world of Wonderland have captured readers imaginations, both young and old, since their original release by Macmillan back in 1865.

Arguably one of the most published set of books by an author, there are so many editions of the classic pieces of literature to choose from, but many pay homage to the original by keeping it packed with the original illustrations by Sir John Tennel.

Join me as I celebrate the books, the adaptations and everything in between. Happy birthday, Alice!


It all began on a summer's day in Oxford. Charles Ludwidge Dodgson, later identified by his pen-name Lewis Carroll, was on a river outing with the Liddell Family on the 4th July 1862 from Folly Bridge to Godstow. Along the way, he told the family a story about a girl called Alice who is looking for an adventure.

The story proved to be a hit, and the families daughter, Alice Liddell, asked Charles to write the story down. He agreed, and started writing the story the very next day. Two and a half years later, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was complete.

In 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland made its debut. Beloved by children and adults alike, the book has, to this day, never been out of print and has been translated into over 176 languages.

Depictions of Alice

Alice has been depicted in countless film, game and TV adaptations. Here are some of the most famous ones. 

Alice in Wonderland, 1951 (Disney)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

American McGee's Alice (2000) & Alice Madness Returns (2011)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland Quotes

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” 

“Curiouser and curiouser!” 

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter” 

“We're all mad here.” 

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” 

A Q&A...With Myself

Favourite character?
I love Alice, her curiosity, kindness and ability to stand her ground. But I've always loved the Cheshire Cat. As frustrating as he is towards Alice (due to his vague clues, riddles and constant disappearing acts), I love his character design in the 1951 Disney animated film.

Favourite section of Alice In Wonderland?
I love the Mad Hatter & the Hare's tea party, and their obsession with celebrating un-birthdays. "Chaaaaaaange places!"

Why do I like Alice In Wonderland?
I love the surreal feel, the nonsense and just how "out there" it is, especially in comparison to many other children's stories of its time. 

Favourite depiction of Alice?
It's a choice of two for me. I love the Disney animated Alice and her iconic blue and white dress, but I'm also keen on the American McGee Alice Liddell in the video game series. Both represent two extremes of the character; one who lets her curiosity lead her on an adventure, whilst the other's trips to Wonderland leaves her more than a little mentally unhinged.

My Alice Cosplay!

I cosplayed as Alice from American McGee's "Alice" and "Alice: Madness Returns" a few times. Here's my costume!

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