I'm a writer because I have stage fright.
After reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — the original by Lewis Carroll — I am convinced that Alice is the maddest character of them all. She disrupts the fragile order of Wonderland with her invasion, first off. Then she insults or says completely insensitive things to the residents. She also likes to show off her own knowledge, which gives her a pompous attitude despite her attempts to be polite. Like a child, she is temperamental and just as tyrannical as the Queen of Hearts. Worst of all, she has a tendency to act like Godzilla every time she changes to a frightening height.
If you don’t believe me, reread the book. Don’t cheat and watch the Disney movie! Disney left out all kinds of interesting characters and details. It’s a quick read and especially enjoyable if you have a book that features the original illustrations.
Like Alice, and like many of the characters, I became frustrated with the nonsensical ways of Wonderland. This is exactly the type of atmosphere I want to capture in Alexa of Wonderland, my NaNoWriMo novel that is a small tribute to this original tale. Unlike Carroll’s fantastical children’s book, however, my novel will be for young adults set in a dystopian world. I am so very excited to take on this challenge.
But because we are on the topic of madness, I wanted to point out a rather nonsensical article on BuzzFeed that was wonderfully humorous. It’s called “22 Horrible Crimes Committed Against the English Language.” You can find it here.