A Love-Hate Relationship With Alice in Wonderland


What is it about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that makes me obsessed with it when I’m not reading it and more calmly apathetic while I am reading it?

Me when I’m not reading it: “Yeeeeessss Alice in Wonderland is the best book ever! I am obsessed.”

Me while reading it: “Yeah, this book is pretty weird and violent.  It’s okay.”

And the cycle continues like Alice falling down a never-ending rabbit hole.

Maybe I’m in love with the idea of Wonderland without being in love with the specific words and stories in the book itself.

Have you had any similar experiences with books? Let me know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “A Love-Hate Relationship With Alice in Wonderland”

  1. That actually makes a lot of sense. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any stories I feel that way about, but I think I do feel that way about Alice in Wonderland. Even in retellings, the Alice character just seems so dumb. I mean, why in the world would you guzzle down unknown foods and beverages? She just does reckless things without any good reason, which bugs me, but I still love the outlandish fantasy of the world and characters.

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    1. Exactly! In general I tend to look at main characters in books and think about how I would never make the choices they did! And yet there’s something about her intense innocence that is so powerful, too.

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