I’m very excited about Tim Burton’s new take on Alice In Wonderland. I honestly can’t think of anyone else who could bring the tale to the screen and give it that surreal (read: trippy) quality that it properly deserves. The cast is amazing and includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Lee, Matt Lucas, Alan Rickman, and Michael Sheen. I’m about as excited to see Rickman as the Caterpillar as I am Depp as The Mad Hatter! (“Whoooo Are Yooooou?” lol)
What is also delightful is that with the interest in the film, people are descending upon bookstores to pick up the works of Lewis Carroll and familiarize themselves with the lovely stories of Alice and her Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (since the movie seems to be not a remake of Alice in Wonderland, but a mix of both tales?). This crossover interest in literature happens with most films; I work for a bookseller, and we always tie in big films/events with the books available (and sometimes create new titles) to go with them. Of course, it doesn’t always work; I spoke to a book Buyer who said “It’s really hit or miss. I find these things are a blip on the screen unless the book is already established on its own.”
Well, Lewis Carroll’s works are well-established; I have a leatherbound volume given to me by my sister about twenty-five years ago. And now, Barnes & Noble has updated its leatherbound edition of Carroll’s works in the title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories (9781435122949) that is a re-packaging of Lewis Carroll’s complete works, but has lovely engraving in pink, gold, and black, with the classic illustrations on the inside. The book is published by Barnes & Noble’s Merchandising department – so you won’t find it at Amazon, unless someone bought one at B&N and then sold it there.
That said, some of you who are used to the standard maroon/gold leatherbound that has been sold for years by B&N may want to hit the stores to scoop up the remaining copies; this new version is hitting warehouses and is now the new (read: only) leatherbound version available on the website.
What are your thoughts on the new leatherbound Alice? I’d like to know what people think about it as well as book/movie tie-ins in general. Does one effect your other when it comes to reading?
The movie Alice In Wonderland directed by Tim Burton comes out March 5th.
(Thanks to Screenrant.com for movie info.)