Down the Rabbit Hole @ Your Library
It’s out, finally. I have an aversion to being teased by movie trailers months before the release date and I’m thrilled with the recent release of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”; starring the enigmatic Johnny Depp and a malevolent Helena Bonham Carter. I savor Tim Burton’s dark and quirky films like an after dinner peppermint covered in chocolate. Have I seen “Alice in Wonderland”? Yes, the Disney version when I was still unable to read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. I was inspired to draw glasses with feet, eyes, and beaks, butterflies, enormous singing flowers, and wide smiling cats. Eventually, I read the book and the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” and felt a little tainted by the Disney movie. My imagination could conceive greater imagery and a more whimsical world, but Disney’s version always seemed to cloud over my own. Moreover, reading both novels exposed Disney’s artistic mash-up of the two novels in which they included characters such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee into their movie.Children, juvenile, and young adult literature garner more criticism when they’re made into a movie than adult literature because they have a wider readership. Ridley Scott didn’t receive the massive criticism for “Blade Runner,” a movie adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” as Spike Jonze did for his adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Ask any Harry Potter or Twilight fans who have read the books and watched the movies, and they will always refer to their favorite part in the book that was omitted in the movie. Being a librarian someone might assume that I’m a staunch advocate for reading the book before watching the movie. I am, but it’s a personal preference I’ve developed and I don’t always hold to it. For instance I just saw “Whip It,” but I didn’t read “Derby Girl” by Shauna Cross. I held my breath watching “No Country for Old Men” and have yet to read the book by Cormac McCarthy. I adored “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and am now reading the novel by Roald Dahl. I don’t hold any cynicism toward Disney for their version of Alice’s world; it had after all inspired me to be an artist and read the books. However, this time I read Rick Riordan novel before I went and saw “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Yes, the book was better and if you ever sit next to me during a movie where I’ve read the book, I just might whisper in your ear the missed details.More information for book to movies can be found @ your library.
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