Wonderland Fan? Not So Much.


Lots of fantasy fans are in a swivet over today’s release of Tim Burton’s new interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. I’m not one of them.

Photographed at left is the real Alice, in one of Lewis Carroll’s sometimes disturbing photographs, quite a few of which depicted eroticized little girls. The photos are simultaneously wonderful and creepy, and just a bit quease-inducing — sort of like a Victorian “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

Carroll liked the company of children, especially little girls, and supposedly wrote Wonderland for the real Alice Liddell, a friend’s daughter. Was he a pedophile, or just a frustrated child stuck in a man’s body? Only Michael Jackson knows for sure.

Part of the problem, I guess, is that I didn’t read AiW as a child. I was all about Heidi and The Secret Garden and Little Women. My first introduction to Alice was actually through Jefferson Airplane’s “Go Ask Alice.”

That could explain a lot.

If you are an Alice fan, check out my critter’s pro-Alice blog over at Wastepaper Prose.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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