Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is often labeled as a children's story. Given its content and central character, this might make some sense, but Lewis Carroll's classic tale can also carry a lot of appeal for adults.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has themes which endure way past childhood and can still apply to your life as a grown-up. So, in honor of Lewis Carroll's birthday, here are 5 reasons why you should read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 2021.
1. Real life can't get weirder than this.
We were all counting down 2020 with the optimistic outlook that 2021 would be a better year. But now that we're off to a less than ideal start, and 2021 looks like it might actually be weirder (something we didn't think possible) than last year, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland might actually be the perfect book to dive into. Each chapter in Carroll's famous novel seems more bizarre and outlandish than the last, and you can laugh about it without that feeling of existential dread hanging over everything. Which, let's face it, is actually kind of comforting at this point.
2. Escapism at its finest.
The most exciting excursion most of us have planned these days are trips to the grocery store, which means finding safe and creative ways to spice every day life is a must. While reading books in general is a great way to explore the world safely during lockdown, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland provides a bit of a unique reading experience. It's a sort of hurried fever dream where one minute you're having tea with a Mad Hatter, and the next you're in danger of having your head taken off by the Queen of Hearts. Lewis Carroll's book pulls us into a fantastical adventure in a world that only exists inside our imaginations. But during a time where reading about real places can be tough because you know you won't be visiting them any time soon, this type of story might be exactly what you need.
3. Short and sweet.
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't take life for granted. Why get bogged down by big books on heavy topics when you can get a short dose of enjoyment from a book like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? It takes the average reader one hour to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from cover to cover, that's how quick and easy this delightful book is! Life is short, and in 2021 you have permission to read short books. Also, you'll feel very accomplished checking off another book as part of your 2021 reading goals.
4. We can all be like Alice.
One of the great appeals of reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as an adult, is that it reminds us of that childlike wonder we once had. Carroll's protagonist, Alice, is completely fearless, but she's also curious and open to the experiences of the world around her. While we can't really get out and experience life on a large scale at the moment, we can infuse our daily lives with a little more wonder. Get a funny new plant, make new friends online, learn a new skill via Zoom, or maybe try your hand at something creative—like writing, painting, or playing a musical instrument. Approach it with the same childlike wonder Alice has, and stop worrying about being good at it, or making mistakes.
5. You don't have to take it seriously.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published way back in 1865 at a time when most children's books came with an overarching moral message. While Lewis Carroll's book can be interpreted as having a deeper meaning—such as the question of personal identity, fluidity, and the transition from childhood to adolescence—, what makes it such a great read is that it's incredibly easy to overlook all that and just read for the fun of it. We're living through tough times, which means most of us want a little less seriousness in our literature. So approach Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as what it appears to be on the surface: a wild, wacky, fun tale of a young girl's adventures in a strange, magical place where cats and caterpillars talk.
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