I mentioned to Professor Schacht leaving class the other day a couple of other interpretations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with which I was familiar. Because it is such a well-known story, it pops up frequently in television and other forms of art. Here are a few examples:
The first was an episode on the SyFy show "Face Off," which is a special-effects movie make-up competition. One of the challenges a few weeks ago was to imagine that a zombie virus had invaded Wonderland. Each artist had to re-imagine a character from Lewis Carroll's story as a zombie. Here are a couple of examples of what the artists came up with.
The Cheshire Cat:
The Mad Hatter (in the background you can also see one version of The Queen of Hearts):
Another example also comes from SyFy channel (it's another interesting question to ask why the "Alice" stories so easily lend themselves to science-fiction interpretations). This example was a miniseries called "Alice" that premiered in 2009, in which Alice returns to Wonderland as an adult. This version is a complete reimagining of Wonderland, adding modern elements while still containing classic Romantic elements. For example, the oysters are humans whose emotions are harvested and condensed into potent drugs by the Queen of Hearts. The White Rabbit is the head of the organization that kidnaps oysters, and the Mad Hatter is a member of the organization that opposes the queen. The March Hare is the queen's assassin, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are her head interrogators/torturers. I found a decent fan-made trailer on YouTube, and there's also a link to the Amazon page for it.
"Alice" Amazon Page
Finally, there's the recent YA book series called "The Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor. I haven't read these myself yet, though they've been on my list for quite some time. The series includes three books: "The Looking Glass Wars," "Seeing Redd," and "ArchEnemy." In this interpretation, Alyss is the princess of Wonderland whose parents were murdered by her evil Aunt Redd. With the help of her bodyguard Hatter Madigan, she escapes to 19th-century London through the Pool of Tears. Here, she encounters Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), becomes his friend, and tells him her story. In his resulting stories, he vastly misconstrues the truth, even misspelling Alyss's name. In the meantime, Hatter Madigan is trying desperately to find the princess and restore her to the throne of Wonderland.
The Looking Glass Wars
Sorry that this post is so long, but there was a lot to contribute! I think it's really interesting that "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" are such popular stories for retelling. Why do you this that is?