“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” a title often shortened to “Alice in Wonderland,” written by Lewis Carroll, has inspired many writers and other artists over the years. I fondly remember the book as it was one of my favorites as a girl. I thought I would peek “through the looking glass” to see what Alice has inspired lately.
Comic book fun with ‘Alice in Wonderland’
While the book published in 1865, it has continued to amuse readers, even in an updated comic book form. Several comic book adaptations have been made, between 1951 and 2005; there have been four versions of “Alice in Wonderland” in comic book form, in total.
The latest comic book is by Dynamite Entertainment, who released “The Complete Alice in Wonderland” in 2005. This version is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, who were inspired by the original Lewis Carroll book. It has more than 40 pages filled with the fun adventures of dear Alice.
Alice goes to the movies
Everyone wants their two minutes on the big screen! Lewis Carroll’s book has been adapted to a movie version. And, this has happened more than one time. “Alice in Wonderland” has been the title of many versions of the film. For example, director W. W. Young was inspired to make a silent film in 1915 with that same title. This was five years after Edwin Stanton Porter’s silent movie titled “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
The W. W. Young adaptation is shown below as it is available for watching on YouTube. The two characters in the short movie (the clip is less than a minute) are Alice and the White Rabbit. Actress Viola Savoy played the role of Alice.
Film version: “Alice in Wonderland,” directed by by W.W. Young:
‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the theatre
Plays based on the book have also become popular since the original publication of Lewis Carroll’s book. The sequel to the novel, titled “Through the Looking-Glass,” has also inspired many actors in theatres around the globe. There are plays for adults and for children that continue to be performed.
An example of an adult version can be seen at the famous Ta Fantastika Theatre in Prague. The play, inspired by the original Wonderland book, is called “Aspects of Alice.” The play does not completely follow the book. In fact, it examines what life would be like for Alice as an adult. It is a black light theatre that is both artistic and modern.
The treasured book “Alice in Wonderland” continues to inspire people around the world and bring smiles to faces. From the book originally published in 1865, it has come a long way. May Alice live on, as she continues to reinvent and enthrall for generations to come.
The main character even inspired me last year, when I wrote the poem “When Alice Grows Up.” So you see, she really can keep coming back to life, when we help her along and keep smiling too.