So it’s pretty obvious that I love Alice in Wonderland.
But when it comes to literature, I’m a bit of an Alice purist. Nothing’s ever as good as the original, right? So I typically avoid reading any books based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. But I haven’t been as critical of other media based on the source material. I love Disney’s animated remake from 1951 and I’m a sucker for American McGee’s dark recreation of the story in the Alice video games. But I’ve steered clear of any written retellings. I didn’t see the point.
However, that isn’t totally fair, is it? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that really does have really good (and really bad) potential for retelling. There are so many ways to interpret the story, whether it truly is ‘nonsense’ or if it has some sort of deeper meaning. Taking the base of the story, whether it’s Alice herself or just the concept of a whimsical dream world, and turning it into something brand new not only sounds like a unique challenge but also a super fun one.
So I’ve decided to create a new monthly feature. I’m going to make a point of reading a book at least once a month that’s based in some way on Lewis Carroll’s original Alice stories. I’ll then write a review and instead of giving my normal star rating, I’m going to give the book a White Rabbit Rating. White Rabbit Ratings will consider Lewis Carroll’s original stories and determine whether or not I found the retelling to be an interesting and fun twist on Alice’s original adventures down the rabbit hole or if the book was a major bunny flop.
The White Rabbit Ratings will work as follows:
I’ll probably tweak these rating descriptions as I go, but this is the overall gist of how I’ll be evaluating. I don’t expect to find anything that will be worthy of 5 White Rabbits, but who knows! I know many of these books will likely not be all that great, but as someone who enjoys campy made for tv horror films, I’ll probably be entertained by them anyways.
So I hope you all enjoy my new feature and all the ups and downs that will likely come with it. If you ever come across an Alice inspired book you think I would enjoy, let me know!