Vegas is the New Wonderland?

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Vegas is Wonderland? Funny, I know. But I can explain:

Today, while I was logging into WordPress, I saw an interesting article on the homepage. This article was about the “new” ‘Alice in Wonderland’ television show set to premier this Sunday (Dec. 6th) on the SyFy channel. With a movie coming out you’d think the producers would hold off on a show, right? Wrong. This isn’t your typical interpretation of the story. In this story, Alice is an adult. She also lacks the blonde hair you see in most variations. In this story, Wonderland isn’t a mystical realm of possibilities. Wonderland, instead is a Casino. The casino is described as “a casino that provides prisoners with constant amusement so their emotions can be stripped away.

This makes me ask myself,

“Why would the casino (Wonderland) strip away emotions?”.

Then the answer dawned on me. In the beginning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice goes down the rabbit hole. When she gets to Wonderland, she is confused about who she is. It’s almost like the environment around her is stripping her of the ability to keep her feelings and emotions in check. It also seems like Wonderland itself is taking Alice’s identity. Another part of the phrase that caught my attention was prisoners. I laughed at the though of prisoners in Wonderland but then I stopped myself and thought about it for awhile. Alice herself is a prisoner in her own dreamland. The exact same dreamland that is stripping her identity.

So far, from what I’ve read in this article, this interpretation could work very nicely. I’m curious to see how it will all play out.

You can find a link to the article here.


One Response to “Vegas is the New Wonderland?”

  1. Ben Wilkoff

    Very cool connection. I am interested in hearing more about just how you think other venues and experiences are like “Alice”. I love your use of great verbs like “stripping” and your idea that Alice is a prisoner. Very sophisticated analysis. I would love to see an entire post on these two ideas alone. Nice work.

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