06 July 2004

Arrgh! (Leave poor Alice alone!)

From an article in the Independent:

"The original Alice was a flaxen-haired innocent in a whimsical world of Mad Hatters, mock turtles and Cheshire Cats. But in a move that has upset traditionalists, Frank Beddor, the American producer of the gross-out movie There's Something About Mary, has transformed Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland into a dark and violent tale of murder and war.

"Beddor said his novel, The Looking Glass Wars, was prompted by his hatred of the 'terrible girls' book' he was forced to read by his mother and grandmother as a child."

Read the rest.

(For the record, I don't think the Alice books are primarily "girls' books." I know a number of boys -- and men -- who are quite taken with the books. Grr.)

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