Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Has Princess Alyss Hit the Big Screen in Disguise?

I'm wondering why no one (not even writers at the venerable children's literature journal Horn Book) seems to have noticed the similarities between Tim Burton's new Alice in Wonderland movie, and Frank Beddor's Alice-inspired fantasy trilogy The Looking Glass Wars.

The Looking Glass Wars (Book 1): When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.
Seeing Redd
(Book 2): When Alyss Heart returns to her rightful place on the throne of Wonderland, she is put to the test as enemies, both inside and outside the borders of her queendom, push their own agendas and wield horrific weapons, while she strives to unify them all.

I haven't seen the entire movie, but every thing I saw in the trailer reminded me of the saga of Princess Alyss Heart of Wonderland. Alice's return to a war torn homeland after years of exile in stuffy English society, the formidable Mad Hatter with his flying hat (Beddor's Hatter Madigan), the fabulous card armies, the warrior Alice and the murderous Red Queen look as I imagined them from Beddor's books.

Maybe seeing the entire movie will disprove my suspicions. Read or listen to The Looking Glass Wars to find out for yourself before you go to the movie. And then let me know what you think.

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