by Tracy Vanity
‘He’s dreaming now,’ said Tweedledee: ‘and what do you think he’s dreaming about?’
Alice said ‘Nobody can guess that.’
‘Why, about you!’ Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. ‘And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’
‘Where I am now, of course,’ said Alice.
‘Not you!’ Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. ‘You’d be nowhere. Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!’
‘If that there King was to wake,’ added Tweedledum, ‘you’d go out — bang! — just like a candle!’
‘I shouldn’t!’ Alice exclaimed indignantly. ‘Besides, if I’m only a sort of thing in his dream, what are you, I should like to know?’
‘Ditto’ said Tweedledum.
‘Ditto, ditto!’ cried Tweedledee.
He shouted this so loud that Alice couldn’t help saying, ‘Hush! You’ll be waking him, I’m afraid, if you make so much noise.’
‘Well, it no use your talking about waking him,’ said Tweedledum, ‘when you’re only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you’re not real.’
‘I am real!’ said Alice and began to cry.
‘You won’t make yourself a bit realler by crying,’ Tweedledee remarked: ‘there’s nothing to cry about.’
‘If I wasn’t real,’ Alice said — half-laughing through her tears, it all seemed so ridiculous — ‘I shouldn’t be able to cry.’
‘I hope you don’t suppose those are real tears?’ Tweedledum interrupted in a tone of great contempt.
‘I know they’re talking nonsense,’ Alice thought to herself: ‘and it’s foolish to cry about it.’ So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could.
-Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, Chapter IV
Today marks the birthday of one of the sexiest and most influential writers in history. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, was a writer, mathematician, photographer, and inventor of many cool whimsical devices and games including a word game very much like Scrabble before Scrabble was even invented.
If you haven’t already seen it, or even if you have it is always nice to see it again, I recommend checking out Lewis Carroll’s gorgeous photography and Alice’s Adventures Underground, which is the original version of Alice’s Adventures Through Wonderland, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself as a gift for Alice Liddell.
There have been numerous film adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and I’ve watched every single one of them. Which film version is your favorite?
Jan Švankmajer’s version is certainly amazing:
I do like the Disney version, it’s very experimental for a Disney film and didn’t do very well until it became a cult classic when it was re-released in 1974.
The 60’s version with the Ravi Shankar soundtrack is pretty cool too. It does a great job sticking to to the book but Wonderland is just the normal English countryside with regular people playing the characters. It doesn’t look nearly as trippy as I imagine it looking in my head.
I think the film that best captures the spirit of Wonderland is Dreamchild. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed it, that’s why it looks so creepy-beautiful:
Henson’s company also made a cute Muppet version of “The Jabberwocky”:
American McGee’s Alice & Alice: Madness Returns really captures Wonderland well. I love those games!
Randy Greif made a wicked noise-music box set tribute to Alice using a vintage audio recording of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s out of print but you can hear most of the tracks on youtube. I have a copy, I should upload all of it.
There’s a lot of amazing Alice-related art, films, books, etc. out there. I could go on and on. Please share your favorites.
BTW what’s your favorite Lewis Carroll quote? I have so many but of course this one is my #1:
Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll! ❤❤❤