Review: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Title: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 
Author: Lewis Caroll 
Series: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland #1 
Genre: Classic, Fantasy, Children 
Publication date: January 1, 1898 
Rating: ★★★★ 

Synopsis: When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland.

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
We’re all mad here.

This is honestly the first time I’ve read Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. I know it’s a huge classic and everyone knows it and most have read it and .. yeah. I don’t know why I didn’t get to this sooner. I’ve seen the movie though! The Disney Classic and the one with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. I liked both, though the animated one scared the hell out of me when I was still a kid. And yes, of course I know it’s not the same. Never judge a book by its movie and ladiedadiedah. I feel like those rules don’t apply when it comes to this kind of story. Everyone gets to see the movie first.

Reading Alice In Wonderland took me back to my childhood somehow. Because its style and narrative made me think of the fairytales I used to adore. I loved how nothing made sense. Everything is so absurd and ridiculous and wonderful. Wonderland, the characters, the plot… It completely drew me in. And I didn’t even try to understand anything. Like Alice, I just went with whatever they threw in front of me.

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

I’m happy to say I truly loved the original version of Alice. She’s such a badass kid! Everyone is acting like lunatics and she just calls them out on it. She goes along when it serves her right, argues when necessary. She doesn’t let anything upset her. Hell, she even talked back to the Queen of Hearts! (I smiled every time that woman said “Off with her head”, which was quite often.)

I don’t know where to start. There’s all these ‘known’ characters that make this story new, yet strangely familiar. The Hatter, The White Rabbit, The Hare, THE CHESHIRE CAT, THE CATERPILLAR. I was a bit disappointed to learn the Caterpillar isn’t that big of a character in the book. But I still loved him. I loved all of them.

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

If there’s anything I didn’t like, it’s the length of the book. It’s so short! And it ended very abruptly! I wish there was more. There’s Through The Looking-Glass of course, so maybe I’ll start that one in a bit.

It’s a classic. That’s all you need to know. Now go read it.

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  1. I totally agree with you ... especially the "Off with her head" part - I ALWAYS read it like she said/screamed it in the movies, which was so funny, haha. :D

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! Amazing review, Maaike! ♥

    1. Haha. I think it's pretty much impossible to not picture Helena Bonham Carter shouting OFF WITH HER HEAD every. single. time.



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