I really, really like Wonderland.
There’s something about Alice and her mad, pointless adventures that positively charms me. I love the various film adaptations, I love the original stories… I even love the most recent video game adaptation, Alice: Madness Returns. I’ve talked about my love for Alice in Wonderland before*, but I’ve never discussed in detail my complete and utter disappointment in its retellings.
*This is actually my most visited blog post and I don’t know why.
YA fantasy loves a good retelling. It’s so tempting, like a bright red apple at a carnival dipped in gooey caramel. The favorite tales – Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella – have retellings galore. Some retellings are amazing. I recently read Wintersong, a retelling of the Goblin King, and it blew me away. So why in the bloody world can’t I get my hands on an excellent Alice in Wonderland retelling?
I”ve read The Looking Glass Wars and found it conceptually interesting, but the characters were just… disappointing. Weak, flat, and boring. I thought perhaps I was mistaken and my memories were wrong, so I read Seeing Redd as well… and NOPE. Not a fan.
If y’all have been around here for a bit, you know of my immense disappointment in Splintered. If you don’t, my review explains all.
Alice in Zombieland and its sequels aren’t bad… but they definitely aren’t Alice in Wonderland.
So. If you’ve got a suggestion of a really amazing Alice in Wonderland retelling… I’m all in! I haven’t found one I liked yet, and there’s a special place in my heart just waiting to be filled.
Read: I am ready for my heart to be broken with disappointment again.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asked:
Do you enjoy reading retellings of, or ‘sequels’ to, classic novels? Why or why not?
Short answer: I love them! Or, rather, I want to love them. Some are really good, but I’ve been burned before.
How do you feel about retellings?
Are you in the same boat as me, looking for a good one and yet to find it?
Have you ever wanted to write a retelling yourself?