Monday, May 07, 2012
Book To Movie Monday (12)
For this weeks Book to Movie Monday I have decided to cover the movie Alice In Wonderland (2010).
First let's discuss the Book, below is the cover.
Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland aka Alice In Wonderland is a novel written by written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The Book was published November 26,1865 by Macmillan. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has never been out of print in fact, the book has been translated into over 97 languages and has over 100 different editions in print.
Let's look at some of the characters in the book.
Alice- Alice is a sensible girl from a Wealthy English Family who finds herself in a strange fantastical world unlike the one she has grown up in. Alice feels the creatures of Wonderland are beneath her and treats them as such. Alice's world is orderly and logic filled, something Wonderland is not. Through it all Alice struggles against herself, call it having an identity crisis if you will. Alice persists believing her way is right and they are wrong but in the end finds herself and gives into the nonsensical world of Wonderland.
Important Supporting Characters
The Cheshire Cat-The Cheshire Cat appears at random to Alice on her travels through wonderland. He is always seen with a wide grin on his face. He offers Alice insight into the "mad" world of Wonderland.
The White Rabbit-Alice initially spots the White Rabbit muttering to himself in her garden and follows him into Wonderland. He is always seen in a manic state checking his pocket watch.
The Mad Hatter-The Mad Hatter lives in perpetual tea time. He is rather rude to Alice and takes great joy in frustrating her. He is also slightly crazy.
The Queen Of Hearts-Ruler of Wonderland who takes great pleasure in ordering executions of her subjects. She is domineering, abusive and aggressive.
Major Differences Between The Book and The Movie
In the Book Alice is a Prepubescent child.
In the Movie Alice is 19 years old.
In the Book Alice is in the garden, she spots The White Rabbit and takes off after it.
In the Movie Alice is proposed to at a Garden party but is distracted by The White Rabbit so she takes off after him.
In the Book Wonderland really made no sense at all, which was part of the appeal.
In the Movie you really didn't get the craziness, though they nailed the visuals.
Actually since the Tim Burton Movie is a bastardization between Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass it wouldn't be really fair to Book Vs. Movie. This week I'm going to just leave it how it is.
The Clear Winner in this week's Book Vs Movie is definitely the Book. While I love the visuals of The Tim Burton movie, the plot was way to forced and a lot of the craziness of Wonderland just wasn't there, plus I just didn't like those freakish eyebrows on Anne Hathaway and don't even get me started on The Queen Of Hearts. I your curious, I actually prefer either The Original Disney Edition or The 1999 NBC Edition when I want my Alice In Wonderland Fix. I highly suggest watching either or those before the Tim Burton one and I definitely suggest reading the book if you haven't already.
Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. I'll post the movie trailer down below in case you want to check it out. Leave a Comment down below telling me which you liked better and why. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know that as well.
Btw I Love, Love, Love the Mad Hatter from Once Upon A Time. I seriously think they need to make a movie just based on him.