More copying of my posts from Book Babe makes me a copy cat. I wonder what the Cheshire Cat would say to that. I know what the Alice in Wonderland in David D. Hammons book would be likely to say. "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" This Mad Hatter riddle became Alice's battle cry in Alice Takes Back Wonderland. According to the Harry Potter Wiki , there is a spell to transform a raven into a writing desk. Why would you want to do that? Welcome to Wonderland.
If you enjoy the television series Once Upon A Time, Alice Takes Back Wonderland
by David D. Hammons will have a very similar vibe. Characters from
Wonderland, Neverland and the realm known in this book as Grimm are all
mashed together quite delightfully. I received a free copy in advance
of publication from Curiosity Quills, the publisher, in return for this
premise is that authors such as Lewis Carroll, James Barrie or the
Grimm brothers are receiving echoes from other realities. Echoes aren't
the same as accurate descriptions. The "real" stories are quite
Literary mashups are usually considered as
the equivalent of stunt-casting for fans of the characters involved who
want to know what would happen if they met. It's akin to fanfic, and
is based on the same playful impulse. This novel is for those fans, but
is also much more.
Hammons is seriously posing the
question of why people want to escape through fiction. The general
assumption is that the audience for escapist literature are people who
are bored by humdrum lives, but some people like the Alice in this novel
(who starts out in our contemporary world) lead lives that feel like
prisons. Escapist fiction gives them hope. It allows them to imagine
that their lives could be better.
Yet what if even your ability to dream of a better future were somehow removed? In Alice Takes Back Wonderland,
Alice discovers that a dictator who has seized power in Wonderland is
"taking the wonder" out of people. This actually parallels Alice's 21st
century experience. Well-meaning adults were trying to remove her
capacity to perceive alternate worlds through modern medicine. So
Alice's battle to restore Wonderland is a war on behalf of imagination
against those who consider imagination dangerous. At one point the
iconic Cheshire Cat declares "You call us mad for acting free." Without
imagination, there can be no freedom.
At first, I had
an ambivalent reaction to the HEA ending because it appeared to
eliminate all possibility of a sequel. Yet it eventually occurred to
me that if Alice was going to keep her happiness, she would have to
fight for it. All HEA endings are really provisional.