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Down the Rabbit Hole and Beyond

Isn’t it intriguing how some things just become so ingrained in pop culture?

That is a rhetorical question. But consider this: there are probably virtually no people in the developed world that are unaware of the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s come a long way from its origins on a river boat holiday in Victorian England—the story was created as a gift for the family friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll), a little girl named Alice Liddell, and is set in a fantasy land that showcases the need for logic in the world, and not (contrary to popular belief) a world whose author was on shrooms. It’s got surrealism, it’s got poems and songs, it’s got Victorian charm, and subtle satire that has long since faded out of recognition (but is explained in The Annotated Alice). Something about the nonsensical and upbeat dream story has stuck in our culture.

The characters and story are so ridiculously well-known, they’ve become an archetype of their own. They are instantly recognised and so new writers taking on the story can tweak it as they wish…

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