10 Wonderful facts about ‘Alice in Wonderland’
The story of the bored little Alice, who falls into Wonderland through the rabbit hole has been a favourite of kids and adults alike. And if you are also one of those who like the fantastically nonsense world of Wonderland, then give us this chance to tell you some interesting and weird facts that went into the making of this classic, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. Fall into this article to know about ‘Alice in Wonderland’
1 The Main Character was based on Carroll’s Boss’s Daughter
Henry Liddell was the Dean of the Christ Church at Oxford University, where Lewis Carroll worked as a mathematician. He was very close to the family, and named the titular character after the daughter of the Dean, Alice Pleasance Liddell.
2 The Dodo was based on Carroll
Dodo is an animal in the story that Alice encounters, and this character is inspired by the author himself. Carroll caricatured himself as the stammering animal because he himself had a stammer. This character appears in Chapter 2 and 3 of the novel.
3 The illustrator hated the first version
Lewis Carroll added his own illustrations, but he asked John Tenniel, to add illustrations for the publication of the book. And he hated the way his illustrations were produced in the book.
4 The novel shaped up because the Liddell Sisters loved this story
This story was narrated to the Liddell sisters when they were on a boat with Carroll; they all loved this story and asked him to repeat it. In fact he was asked by Alice to write it down for her. And he gave the first manuscript to her as “A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child in Memory of a summer’s Day”.
5 The first movie was made in 1903
The first movie adaptation of the novel was made in 1903. This was a silent 12-minute movie and made by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stowe. Since then several movie adaptation of this classic fiction story has been made and enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Adaptations of fantasy novel have always been well received, even by modern audiences. For instance, think of the immense popularity Game of Thrones enjoyed after it brought the magic of the original novels to life in the hit show. Similarly, Netflix adapted the witcher books into a successful series for its own platform which has been praised by fans and the original author of the books alike.
6 The Original Manuscript can be found in London
The original manuscript which was written by Lewis Carroll can be found the British Library, London. The name on the original manuscript is, ” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
7 The original illustrations were carved on wood
The original illustration about the adventurous story of Alice, were carved into wood by engravers, and there carvings were used up in the production of the books that were published thereafter.
8 The book has never been out of print
This classic fantasy fiction is so popular all around the world that it never goes out of print. It is been translated in 196 languages of the world, and several books with the story and even just the illustrations have been sold in multiple copies.
9 The book almost had a different name
Lewis Carroll started writing this book to give it to the real Alice, and when he found many kids loved his story, he became motivated to publish the book. The book was almost named, “Alice’s Adventures in Elfland”, and the other option running in the author’s mind was “Alice’s Adventures Underground”.
10 The real Alice actually didn’t took the story to be so outlandish
As is with kids, Alice also did not take the story to be totally outlandish. In fact, the Liddell sisters kept drawing comparisons between real people and the characters of the story. For instance, they actually compared their art teacher with a turtle in the book.
Children and their sweet and naughty fantasies, well this the reason why this story loved by all.