For anyone who still has the advantage of not yet watching any movie adaptation of these books, I highly recommend that you read the books first! For everyone else who has watched the movies first, don’t worry, most of them get the stories on point. I read the same storyline that I’ve watched in the movies. The only difference is actually having the text in front of you and understanding what it all means. An obvious advantage of the books is that they explain why Alice does certain things, or why she’s constantly confused. These books were, obviously, amazing reads.
Anyone who has never even heard of these books, here’s the gist. “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking-Glass” are novels written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The first story is about a girl named Alice that falls down a rabbit hole and has the most peculiar things happen to her, like talking animals and making a river out of her own tears. The sequel is “Through The Looking-Glass” in which Alice walks through a mirror and takes a journey through a world that is made up like a chess game.
What I find so wonderful about the stories is how fantasy and reality don’t clash, they seem to dance together. They are written through the eyes of an 8-year-old child, so she’s constantly being confused by the events and characters around her, and never sure what to do next, so she’s constantly in need of help. It’s very much like what a true 8-year-old goes through daily. Sometimes they feel big, sometimes they feel small, sometimes they think they know, sometimes they don’t know what they know. And the poems will just leave you with a mouth full of awe. I suggest reading these books for the wonder they’ll bring.
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
“Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
“What do you mean by that?” said the caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”
“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice, “because I’m not myself, you see.”
“If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
“and the moral of that is--‘Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.’ ”
Through The Looking-Glass
“You shouldn’t make jokes,” Alice said, “if it makes you so unhappy.”
“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be: and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”
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.
“Good-bye, till we meet again!” she said as cheerfully as she could.
“I shouldn’t know you again is we did meet,” Humpty Dumpty replied in a discontented tone, giving her one his fingers to shake: “you’re so exactly like other people.”
“That’s just what I complain of! You should have meant! What do you suppose is the use of a child without any meaning? Even a joke should have meaning--and a child is more important than a joke, I hope. You couldn’t deny that, even if you tried with both hands.”
“It’s too late to correct it,” said the Red Queen: “when you’ve once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.”