It’s ‘curiouser and curiouser’ how Lewis Carroll manages to inspire even after 119 years since his death. His books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass perhaps have the most myriad adaptations possible. He’s also solely responsible for bringing stoner fiction and other such contentious genres to the fore. So ‘fall down the rabbit hole’ with us as we find out the influence Carroll and his works have had on other authors.
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce: Joyce is renowned for using allusions extensively in his works. His last book Finnegan’s Wake has a not so subtle reference to a father-figure who tries to tempt his daughter and that’s exactly where Carroll’s notorious life parallels with Joyce’s. The book also indulges in a lot of word play, thus honoring Carroll’s literary legacy.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: Carroll’s affinity for photography is mimicked in equal parts by Nabokov. There’s no real evidence that Carroll indulged in untoward activities with his young subjects but then Lolita too is a book that is mere suggestions.
Night of the Jabberwock by Frederic Brown: This 1950 novel by Brown is a Lewis Carroll mystery through and through. With plenty of alcohol and a lunatic thrown in, Night of the Jabberwock is not your conventional thriller at all. The book also includes a character who is a member of a society and believes Lewis Carroll’s books to be visions of an actual world. Brown’s science fiction roots couldn’t be more obvious.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman: This dark fantasy children’s novella by Gaiman features a talking cat. The story is about a young girl named Coraline who goes through a strange door in her new house to a topsy-turvy universe. Compared to Carroll’s Alice, Coraline’s adventures are distended out of proportion and feed on children’s basest fears. This book too plays on a child’s fear of abandonment thereby cementing the similarities between the two authors.
Lost Girls by Alan Moore: A graphic novel, this book is sexually explicit in its detailing. Featuring Alice from the Wonderland series, Wendy from Peter Pan and Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz, this book is the erotic adventures of the three as young women. The book is also interspersed with nonsense words as a tribute to Carroll’s love for language play.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: There aren’t too many similarities between the two books but they’re eerily related. Instead of a Rabbit Hole, it is a rip in time that leads Jacob to Miss Peregrine’s Home.
So take a trip to Wonderland to celebrate the genius of Lewis Caroll on Juggernaut.