Alice in Wonderland

I hope what I’m about to admit doesn’t get my writer card taken away. Hold your breath…I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass.

I know, I know. They’re classics, everybody’s read them. Unfortunately, the extent of my familiarity is watching the Disney version of the movie when I was 8. And more recently, the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton version (which I liked).

Well, last year, the SyFy channel (Formerly known as SciFi and not some horrible slang for a venereal disease) produced a modern re-imagining of the Alice story into a two night mini-series. The ads looked fantastic, so the other half and I hunkered down on the couch, gave the dog a huge bone to worry at so he’d leave us alone, and immediately got sucked in.

Now granted, I didn’t have a whole lot to compare it to, and the writer/director made it a point to use Alice in Wonderland only as a loose framework, but I loved it.  And even more surprising, so did the other half. It wasn’t overtly romantic or sappy, but the writer definitely knew how to use romantic tension to move the story along and ground some of the conflict. And oh the sexual tension there was!

An Obsession Begins
Well, fast forward to last week. My copy of the Blu-Ray version arrived from Amazon and I popped it in expecting to be pleasantly entertained for a couple of hours. I don’t know if I was feeling hormonal or what, but I was totally sucked in. Again. Even more than the first time.

Now I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been brushing up on my plotting/pacing/characterization skills (cause the director/writer nailed all 3), or just because of the phenomenal acting, but this has become my new favorite movie!(embarrassed grin here – I’ve watched it 4 times since last week!)

In my defense, I’m using it as research. Really!  Most of what I write has romantic undertones, but is not pure romance. And that’s what Alice has done perfectly. Without too many spoilers, the sexual tension between characters is palpable, and you’re unsure if there’s going to be a happily ever after for them (or who it’ll be).

But that’s not the main focus of the story. At it’s heart, it’s about a girl searching for herself and her place in this world. Alice can’t have her HEA until she’s let go of her past, accepted herself, and moved on. And I’ve come to realized that’s one of the common themes in my work, which is perhaps why this movie struck me so much. (Well that, and Hatter is HOT! I think he’s totally going to become my “Edward” Bonus point – he’s only 3 years younger than me, not 13! No cradle robbing here )

I’ve always been a book re-reader (don’t ask me how many times I’ve read Harry Potter), but I’ve never really had this happen with a movie, so I’m a little freaked out.

Do you guys have something you watch over and over and can’t seem to get enough of? If so, why? What draws you to it?


  1. I'm a rereader, too. I've lost count of how many times I've read HP.

    My husband and I are both absolutely in love with LOVE, ACTUALLY, a romantic comeday starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and yes, Snape himself, Alan Rickman! It's SUCH a great movie that even though it takes place at Christmas, we watch it all year long! If you haven't seen it, check it out (it's a much, much, much better version of this year's VALENTINE'S DAY), but be warned there is a good bit of nudity!

  2. Ohhh! I love Love, Actually! I actually dragged the other half to the theater to see it when it came out (and he liked it!)

    Mmmmm, Alan Rickman 🙂 I'll take him any day, even if his character was kinda a jerk in it!
    I think I'm going to have to break it out for a re-watch!

  3. I remember seeing commercials for that version of Alice and thinking it looked interesting. I just might have to check it out.

  4. Wow, great review. Now I'm going to have to watch this. Sounds like it envisions Alice in a wonderful new way. Thanks!

  5. Sounds like a neat adaptation. I'll watch for it!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  6. Dude, I haven't read them either. Or watched them. That's how bad I am. I know the Disney version and the Johnny Depp version. Shallow, I know. But it sounds like I need to remedy that.

    As for me, I can watch Pirates over and over again and never get bored. Or The Office.

  7. I think you can rent it via Netflix if anyone has an account with them too, if you want to check it out before buying 🙂

    Ohhh. I can definitley watch Pirates over and over too, Elana 🙂 Mmmm…Johnny Depp!