Take 5: Through the Looking Glass
Twisted fairy tales are nothing new and there are a slew of them. This fall TV season, however, Once Upon a Time is getting a bit more specific with a special Alice in Wonderland themed spinoff (on ABC). In case you didn’t know it, there is also a very popular Alice video game called Alice Madness Returns. And there is no lack of Alice in YA lit, either.
Here is a list of 5 fun titles of some twisted takes on the Alice story. Please add your faves in the comments.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Alice. Figthing zombies. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. Oh, and I love this series.
Splintered by A. G. Howash
Has Alice fallen into madness like her mother? Or can Wonderland be real?
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alyss flees Wonderland and finds herself in Victorian London where she tells her story to a man named Lewis Carrol. How can she trust him to tell her story so she can be rescued when he can’t even spell her name correctly?
Alice in the Country of Hearts
Alice gets the manga treatment. 2010. Rated OT: Older Teen 16+
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Okay so may it is not an actual retelling of Alice, but Coraline does go down a sort of rabbit hole – in this case a door. And she does find an alternate version of her world. There are whole essays about the correlations on line, they are fascinating.
More Twisted Fairytales at TLT:
Once Upon a Time: 10 Twisted Fairytales
TPiB: Once Upon a Time
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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