Alice in Wonderland [Book v. Movie]

This is not the version I have. Mine is from 1960 and therefore impossible to find an image of.

I thought I would start a new category of “reviews” for when I discuss both the book and its movie. Here is the inaugural post.

As I’ve previously mentioned, my book club read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass this month in anticipation for the new movie. On Sunday, we all met at the movie theater, watched the movie (the 3D-Imax version), and then headed over to Panera to discuss.

I have never read Alice in Wonderland before. Which surprises me a little considering how much I read when I was a kid. And I wish I had read this when I was younger because I think 9-year-old Michelle would have really enjoyed it. But 27-year-old Michelle is glad she finally did read it.

Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are nonsense books that contain quirky characters, witty wordplay, and, although it may not seem so at first glance, an underlying theme about growing up. I actually enjoyed Through the Looking Glass more – even though I was the only one in my book club who felt that way. It’s hard to describe these books and they are better experienced than reviewed.

On to the movie. Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was in fact wonderful. The movie takes place years after the events in the books when Alice is a young adult on the verge of being married. Once again she follows a rabbit through the rabbit hole and is thrust into the role of savior of Underland (what she called Wonderland as a child). The film is visually stunning and the characters are marvelously imagined. There is some artistic license given – the red queen from TTLG and the queen of hearts from AIW are combined into one and the mad hatter (how can you not love Johnny Depp?) is given a prominent role despite his relatively brief scene in the book. Oh, and the costumes are fantastic.

I’ve heard some negative opinions of the film and I don’t entirely know why. It isn’t like the books, so maybe that’s what people were expecting, but I was thoroughly entertained. It reminded me a lot of Hook (one of my favorite movies). Both feature the grown-up version of the main character from the book who must return to the fairytale land of their childhood. Neither remember their earlier adventures and both must take on a role they don’t think they want yet clearly destined for.

I definitely recommend the movie.

The Sunday Salon 3-14-10

The Sunday
I don’t have any interesting topic to discuss today nor is it worth it for me to do a recap when I only finish one or two books each week, but I wanted to say something so here I am.


Today is book club day. It’s our second meeting, and this time we chose to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. We’re going to see the movie this afternoon prior to our discussion. So far, we have been a book & movie club – reading the book then seeing the movie.  Are there any good books being made into movies next month?


The weather is finally turning nice here – just in time for the spring breakers. It’s still not as warm as it probably should be and we had a couple nasty days of rain this week, but I think the last of the abnormally cold weather is gone for good. I know a lot of people like to read in the winter because they can curl up with a blanket and tea (and I certainly love doing that) but my favorite weather to read in is what we had this morning: sunny and a little cool but warm enough to crack the windows and get some fresh air. Our eastern windows are perfect for some Sunday morning reading (although not so perfect for sleeping in).


Ben had his ACL/Meniscus surgery on Friday and is doing very well. When he had this surgery on his other leg a few years ago, he was in so much pain that we were really dreading this one. But we’ve actually had a somewhat decent weekend watching movies and hanging out in the house. I’m even going to leave him alone for a few hours today for book club which is something I could not have done last time. Thanks again to everyone for all the thoughts and prayers for Ben.


That’s it from me. How was your week? What are you reading today?