At the end of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice’s sister is sitting there imagining Wonderland.
I was trying to picture what she was picturing when I realized all that came to mind was the pictures from all the movies I’ve seen. I’m sure her sister pictured Wonderland completely different than Alice did. And I’m sure Alice Liddell pictured Wonderland different than Lewis Carroll did. And its obvious that the director of the 1951 movie version of Alice in Wonderland pictured it differently than Tim Burton did for the 2010 version. But many readers don’t get the opportunity to envision Wonderland like they want to because they already have a picture in their head from movies and drawing they’ve seen.
Have movies and drawings ruined our vision of Wonderland?
You know how when you watch a movie based on a book you can never read the book again without picturing the actors in the movie? (the Harry Potter movies ruined Harry Potter for me) Well I was just thinking about how maybe watching the Alice in Wonderland movies before reading the book stopped me from being able to picture Wonderland like I want to picture it. Like the caterpillar, I definitely pictured him blue because of the cartoon caterpillar I saw in the movie, but Lewis Carroll never said he was blue. Wonderland is a dream world, so it should be invisioned differently by everybody. But by producing movies and pictures that depict Wonderland a specific way people can’t help put picture Wonderland the way directors and artists want them to.
With all this media depicting Wonderland THEY want it to be depicted, do we lose the way Carroll wanted it to be imagine. I mean, maybe Carroll wanted it to be different for everybody. But here we are creating this widely used picture of Wonderland so that nobody can imagine it the way they want. Do we compromise the uniqueness of Wonderland by drawing out pictures of it? I know I would’ve loved to have been able to picture Wonderland my own way, without the influence of movies and drawings sticking pre-made images in my head.