Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Queen of Hearts or Queen of Grassroots Creativity?

Alice:Madness Returns - American McGee (game)
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel, Through The Looking Glass have been adopted and adapted in many different platforms and to fit many different agendas. From video games to books to film with topics ranging anywhere from drugs to personal identity to embracing the nonsense, Carroll's creation has proven to be tale inspiring content creators worldwide.

Alice - Syfy (film)
Alice in Zombieland  - Gena Showalter 
So why Alice? Carroll's Alice is a story filled with "literary nonsense," taking us back to a time where nothing made sense and we were fine with it. The tale also took place in fantastic environments; a beautiful garden owned by a bloodthirsty queen (that she eventually stood up to - girl power!), a lengthy filled with doorways to different locations (metaphor for different paths of life?) and even a clustered, messy table occupied by insane characters (life gets messy and crazy). Not to mention the oh-so-popular view that Alice's trip in Wonderland is a metaphor for a drug trip - hey, the Caterpillar was smoking that hookah with all his might.

Different creators have taken Carroll's Alice and used it as a foundation for their works. As an Alice fan myself, I have encountered dozens of adaptations of Carroll's original creation; one of which is even inked into my skin. Listed below is the Alice-inspired media that I've
encountered. For every one adaptation that I've discovered, there are hundreds more. 

  • American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns
  • Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  • Syfy's Alice
  • Disney's Alice in Wonderland
  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 
  • Gena Showalter's Alice in Zombieland series

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