I’m so excited to be introducing you to another fun project coming up on the blog!
Some lovely ladies (Alison @ The Cheap Reader, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places, Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy, Wendy at Excellent Library, and Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide, ) have dreamed up a fabtastic project for September, and I signed up to be a part of it.
Remember Project: Fairy Tale this past February? Well, this new project is similar except that this time around we’ll all be covering classics.
Because that’s such an all-encompassing term, the ladies have divided the project into sub categories: Children’s, Mythology, Ancient to Renaissance Lit, 19th Century & Gothic Lit, and American & Misc. If you’d like to be a part of this fun–which includes picking a classic and then reading at least 3 retellings plus other fun such as spinoffs, sequels, movies, author bios, anything you can think of–then head over to one of the lovely ladies blogs to sign up. You have until May 25th to pick a classic and become a part of this fun.
As for me, I bet it isn’t surprising news that I chose to go with a Children’s classic. In fact, my pick is…
Alice in Wonderland!
“Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder where oddities, logic and wordplay rule supreme. Encounter characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!” This is a land where rules have no boundaries, eating mushrooms will make you grow or shrink, croquet is played with flamingos and hedgehogs, and exorbitant trials are held for the theft of tarts. Amidst these absurdities, Alice will have to find her own way home.”
I am so excited about reading this classic again, that I actually chose it for my book club pick next month as well! I figured it would give me a head start on the project and leave the whole summer open for retellings!
I read Alice when I was a kid, and it was always one of my favorite fantasy stories so I cannot wait to escape back into the world.
Here are a few of the retellings I’m going to venture into as I rediscover my love o this classic.
Splintered by A. G. Howard
“Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.”
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
“When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.”
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
“Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….”
I can’t wait for all this Alice! This summer is shaping up to be a summer full of adventure…even if it’s only through books!
Book Talk: What other ideas or retellings do you have for Alice?