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Why Kids Love Alice

November 20, 2009

I was inspired by Morgan P’s blog post, “What is it about Alice?”

This post really hit me because it is so true. What is it about Alice? That really is the question.

Now that we have finished reading The Annotated Alice, it is quite clear that it is not a book understood by young children. No, there are no princes and princesses in the story and no “happily ever after” but maybe that is why this book became so popular. Sure, it did have few similarities like the Queen of Hearts could be associated with the “big bad wolf” or the “mean step mother”. But overall it is unique, really unlike the others.

When Disney premiered their version of Alice in Wonderland, it was a hit. I feel that children loved this story so much, because it was something new that they weren’t familiar with. It starts off with a young girl and a rabbit. Then there are many animals throughout the story. Of course the use of animals was a good idea because children love watching animals that can talk. But children would never think that the animals represent something else. For adults re-reading the story, they might be disappointed at the end of the book to know it was all a dream. On the other hand, that may be the climax of the story for kids, to know that they can have their own “Wonderland” in dreams.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittany M permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:07 am

    This is a really cool comparison of Alice and other stories. I had never thought of how different it is from all of the other traditional children’s stories. When i was a little girl i loved princess stories. I had a Pocahontus themed birthday when I turned four and was and still am in love with Cinderella. It is quite amazing that Alic is as big of a hit as she is. She is very different and unique compared to the other fairytale and maybe that is what brought her her fame. People want something unique, defferent, and easy to relate to. Little children have wild dreams filled with what seems to be to them completely unexplainable events. Maybe that is what brought Alice her popularity?

  2. Gage L. permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:46 pm

    This is a really neat post. I really like the idea of the movie and story of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland inspiring children to have dreams. Not only this but it sparks children’s imagination in everyday life. I know as a child I enjoyed this movie because of the insane amount of colors and crazy characters. But now that I have seen the movie as a fifteen year old, it does not intrigue me nearly as much as it did when I was a child. Maybe this shows that the story was not made for an older audience? Or maybe people have different opinions then I do?

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