The Rabbit Hole of Alice in Wonderland Adaptions

What is it about Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland that has managed to endure so many remakes without audiences calling for enough? With the exception of adaptions such as the video game Alice: Madness Within and books like Alice in Zombieland, few break outside of the original story and yet, particularly throughout the nineties, every time you turn around there appears to be a new adaption.

  • Just a few quick pointers - it might be worth combining this topic suggestion with the three previous 'Alice' topic suggestions here at The Artifice - see "Alice in Wonderland: in Adaptation: What Makes it so Difficult?, The Legacy of Alice in Wonderland and American McGee's Alice in Wonderland, all of which have a similar theme in mind re adaption/adaptation (whichever variation is preferred). There's also the recent suggestion that Carroll's original intention behind writing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was to parody and pick apart what he saw as the inherent weakness of new abstract mathematics - a theory that actually makes a lot of sense if you really dig into the original text and read between the lines. Reductio ad absurdum, as Carroll decided, declaring that the new mathematics was nearly impossible to teach. It might also be worth bearing in mind, with regard to filmed versions of the story, that the world's first 'Alice in Wonderland' (silent) film was made in 1903. A partially restored copy is available on You Tube, for those interested. – Amyus 5 years ago
  • As a beautiful tale for children; the timeless classic is often overlooked as a treat for adults too. The Mad Hatter is such a character who can produce huge amounts of contents alone. – TheBlackCurse 5 years ago

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