“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” Audrey Hepburn
Audrey, in this we are agreed.
I’m not sure if putting away childhood books and fantasies is something that everyone does except me or whether it’s something everyone apart from me lies about, but I adore fairy-tales. There’s something about childrens books and their ability to transport you to a land far away which is just wonderful. I don’t think I shall ever grow out of them.
By far my favourite story (as I may have mentioned before) has always been Alice in Wonderland. The story of a girl with an amazing imagination which takes her to a world so unlike her own that even she begins to miss the comfort normality has to offer. The story has been called a fine example of ‘literary nonsense’, sometimes I wonder if that is why I like it.
As a little girl I apparently would tell people my name was Alice. I had long blonde hair and longed for a blue dress like the one from the Disney movie. If I’m honest I still want that dress! I dressed up as Alice once for a birthday party at university, but it was the, um, grown up, version of the costume, not quite what I had in mind! Maybe I’ll get it right one day.
My mother was always reciting poetry and quotes from random things (from The Lion and Albert to Seven Little Girls) including The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, resulting in me knowing poems such as the infamous Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter off by heart. It would not be considered unusual for a member of my family to come out with ‘speak roughly to your little boy and beat him when he sneezes, he only does it to annoy because he knows it teases’ or some such nonsense, there’s always an occassion for a Carroll quote. Curiouser and curiouser, I know.
But then it’s not just the Disney and written version of the story which captures my imagination. Last year the Tim Burton movie ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was released on my birthday – O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! What a day it was. I was so excited to go and see it with my friends and unlike others came out with shining eyes and a head full of new quotes. Burton took many elements of the story, made them darker and, well, more Burtonesque. This is one of the beauties of Alice, it’s so versitile! The story at it’s heart is about imagination, and where that can lead you, what more could a creative bunch want as a basis for a new movie, play or television show? It’s almost as if Carroll said ‘this is what I’ve come up with…off you go and play with it, that’s kind of the point!’
Well now I have 2 minutes until this blog is officially late, so I shall end it there. I hope, like Alice, that I never lose my muchness or that link to my inner child. I want to always be the girl who walks on walls, jumps in puddles and believes in as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Yes, I think that’s the kind of good advice I’ll take!