[RE-READS] The little door and the golden key//Alice in Wonderland//

Imagine falling down a rabbit hole!
I could never!
I have way too many things to do during the day for an excursion like that!
What if I get late? Everyone will get mad at me for disappearing like that. And I am not sure I am that brave yet. πŸ˜₯

But Alice was.

She went after that funny little rabbit with a waistcoat and a pocket watch. Oh my ears and whiskers, she followed him straight into the hole that was more of a magical tunnel going downward.

If I was Alice, I would have panicked my way into exhaustion and would definitely have fainted. But she didn’t. She was braver, you see. Far more clever than you and I could ever be! She knew all about latitudes and longitudes and EVEN THE EXACT DEPTH OF THE EARTH! ;p

How do you beat THAT?!

I can’t. I won’t. I just want to follow her adventure. And I did. It felt like a long, long time until the fall came to a stop.

[But I wonder – do bats eat cats? Or cats eat bats? Do they? Eat each other? What do you think? πŸ˜‰ ]

A room full of locked doors and a golden key – lying there, in wait for Alice to grab it and turn the lock to a whole new world – gorgeous, magical. A garden – where all miracles happen. DUH. *rolls eyes*

But it was way too big for some of the doors, and way too small for the others.

Alice was confused. What was even the point of putting a key on the table that didn’t fit anywhere?! It was a question. A weird question. For who thinks of keys when there are lovelier things to dream about – like pictures in a book, or a walk with Dinah! 

Still her question was valid. Who was so stupid as to make a key with no lock to put it into? It’s a misfit. WHERE WILL IT GO?!

Without a lock, a key is useless. It’s ABSOLUTELY FUCKING USELESS. But wait – a key is always the answer to a question, isn’t it? A doorway to the other side, no matter what that side might be, where it might be. But the question must have been asked before the key was made, right?

Or maybe the key maker was just THAT dumb, making keys for his own amusement? Nah. xD

So Alice, little explorer as she was, went about the room trying to find some place to fit the key. And at last, she found it! YAY! A little door to which the key belonged! Why couldn’t she see it before though? It was RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER EYES!

Why is it that sometimes the opportunities to a better world, a better tomorrow are just standing in front of us , with open arms and we fail to see them? REALLY SEE THEM. Isn’t it strange the way our mind prioritises things? We are so lost in the mundane, the OBVIOUS that we forget to look at life with a fresh new perspective, with wonder, with hope.

It’s a miserable situation, for sure. IMAGINE IF Alice HAD FAILED TO FIND THE LITTLE DOOR! She would NEVER have found the way to the beautiful Wonderland! What a shame would that have been, wouldn’t it? Because then YOU AND I wouldn’t have been able to experience the wonders of Wonderland either. A bright new world slipped through our fingers unnoticed ALL BECAUSE WE COULDN’T SEE PAST THE USUAL BATTERED WAY OF DAILY PERCEPTION! 

I wonder now what little doors with magical worlds on the other side have WE left unnoticed, what new opportunities WE have missed just because we didn’t WANT to see them, just because we didn’t have the golden key of courage TO JUST TAKE THE RIGHT STEP!!

Get up, get up!
It’s time to get moving!
You are losing your wonderland because of your inability to SEE PAST THE OBVIOUS!!!

ASK ALICE! She knows. She has all the answers to ALL YOUR QUESTIONS – because she asked them first! 

Find the hidden door, unlock it with the golden key of faith and confidence and take a dive in the wonderland – it’s there. All around you. You just need to SEE.

This isn’t my first Alice in Wonderland re-read, you know. On the blog, the first one was wayyy back in 2017 AND IT WAS SOO MUCH FUN! ❀ But I find myself going back to this magical and witty story over and over again – always coming back with something new to ponder on!

IT’S SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!

How about you?
How many times have YOU read Alice in Wonderland, huh?! πŸ˜‰
What’s one book that you go back to AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN – and it never gets old?! Apart from Pride and Prejudice, I mean! ;p

35 thoughts on “[RE-READS] The little door and the golden key//Alice in Wonderland//

    1. AHHHH!! You DEFINITELY need to re-read it now N! 10 years is WAY TOO LONGG!! Would you PLEASE do a re-read?! I would LOVEEE to know your thoughts on it now!’ 😍😍😍😍❀️❀️❀️

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  1. You’re going to hate me for this, but I think I must be the only person in the world who absolutely detests Alice in Wonderland πŸ™ˆπŸ˜… Sorry!!! I’m so glad you love it, though, and I really liked hearing your thoughts on it! 😊❀
    However, I do agree that you can never reread Pride and Prejudice too many times! 😊 My most reread books are definitely the Harry Potter books, though, closely followed by Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue. I just can’t get enough of those!

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    1. Awwwww!!! NOO!! That’s alright! It’s actually fun to read conflicting opinions sometimes, ESPECIALLY of friends so yeah!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜ 😘😘 BUT…I gotta ask, in the most β€œLizzie” tone imaginable – What’s the source of your disapproval of the character?! πŸ€”

      I KNOWWW RIGHTTT?!?!😍😍😍😍😍 Pride and Prejudice is #LOVE – today, tomorrow, ALWAYSSS!!! 😍😍😍 HEY HEY – coyld we do a buddy re-read of Pride and Prejudice?! BECAUSE OH MY GOD THAT WOULD BE AWESOMEEE!! 😍😍😍😍

      Ahhh!! YESS!! HARRY POTTERR!! And Bitterblue?! That title sounds AWESOMEEE!! I gotta look for it ASAP!! 😍😍😍😍😍

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      1. Well, to be honest, I just thought it was really boring and random πŸ˜… I felt as though Lewis Carroll threw the most bizarre, unconnected scenarios together so that he could seem very smart and witty with all his linguistic puns, which annoyed me to no end – I want well thought-out plots with nice twists, not a bunch of pretentious randomness πŸ˜‚ Clearly, I’m in the minority here, though; most people I know absolutely adore Alice, too πŸ˜‰

        And oh my gosh, let’s do that!!! 😍😍 At least if you’re willing to wait until October, because I am currently very preoccupied trying to cram thousands of pages of notes into my head for exams πŸ˜… But I could definitely use some Lizzie and Darcy wholesomeness for post-exam relaxation!!

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    1. Awwww!! Thank you SOOO much, Sheetal! Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without your comments! THEY ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE!! 😍❀️❀️😊🌟

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  2. It is such a wonderful story. I’ve read it a few times and love love love how smart and quirky it is. I’ve also read some retellings that I wish I hadn’t. They go to dark places that Lewis Carroll would be appalled by, I think. I know I was. ❀️❀️ Alas, you can’t beat the original with all its fantastical symbolism and layers. ❀️❀️

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    1. YESSs!!!I AM SOO GLAD YOU LOVE IT TOOOO!!!! And..umm…what retellings?! I was actually considering reading a few of those like…After Alice?! Are you referring to that bone?! Because if you don’t recommend it then I’d rather not read it, to be honest! ;p

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      1. I read Ever Alice by Ramsay and really do not recommend it. I was so unhappy with the ending. It was actually very intriguing until then but the ending was not ok. I like Gregory Maguire though (read Wicked and one other book by him) so I would be curious to see what he does with it.

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    1. OH WOWWW!!! REALLY??!?! THAT SOUNDS ADORABLEEE!!! AHHHH!!!! Now I want one tooo
      !!! πŸ˜‰ ;p And it makes me sooo happy that you love Alice in Wonderland toooo YAYYY!!! ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. Omg I also read it for the first time back in 2017!! And this post reminded me that I’m going to post a bookstagram featuring the book next, which then caused me to think about how I don’t follow you on instagram, and HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE LOL?!?!? I haven’t thought about revisiting Alice, but this post is making me kinda want to!

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    1. OH MY GOD REALLY???!! That’s awesome, Macey!!! AND YESS!! HOW THE FUCK ARE WE NOT FOLLOWING EACH OTHER?! I am not that active these days but the next time I log in, I will make sure to add youuu!!! ❀ ❀ ❀

      awww!!! REALLYYy??!??! PLEASEEE DOOO, hon! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT! ❀ ❀

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    1. AWWWW! YOU ARE TOOO KIND, Juliee!! THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT! *misty eyes* *attack hug* ❀ ❀ ❀

      OH MY GOD YESSS!! Through The Looking Glass is AWESOMEEE!! ❀ ❀ ❀ AHHHH!!! I AM SOO GLAD YOU ADORE BOTH OF THESE BOOKS SO MUCH! ❀ ❀

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  4. Wonderful review, I love your enthusiasm for this story! I actually reread last year. It was enjoyable, but not a favourite of mine. Not sure which book I have reread the most, it might be LOTR, Harry Potter or Rivers of London books. Or Agatha Christie.

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    1. AHH!!! Thank you SOOO much, Star! You are wayy too kind! I am soo thankful that you read the post, even when Alice in Wonderland is not your fav! THANK YOUUUU!!! ❀ ❀

      AHHH!!! YESSS!! Harry Potter!!! and oh my god I am actually thinking of doing a Lord of The Rings re-read this yea – it's BEEN WAYYY TOO LONGGG!!! AHHHHHH!!!

      And can you believe it – I haven't even read a SINGLE Agatha Christie novel yet! I AM SOO ASHAMED! 😦 Looking forward to the new one though, releasing this September? Gosh I forgot the name! THE ONE WITH THE GORGEOUS RED COVER! ❀

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  5. It’s a wonderful experience to understand what a different perspective we might find when re-reading a book years later after that first time… Years and wisdom make us understand things we missed and angles we left unexplored, and an old story becomes new again! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this amazing insight!

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    1. YESSS!!!! Re-reading books – especially childhood ones – after soo long is definitely a beautiful and enlightening experience! ❀ IT'S LIKE – as you said – WE ARE ENTERING A STRANGELY FAMILIAR YET COMPLETELY NEW WORLD! ❀ ❀ SUCH BLISS! ❀

      Hey, Mads, what's your most re-read book though? I would LOVE to another one of your awesome recs to my tbr! ❀ πŸ˜‰

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  6. I’ve read Alice in the Wonderland only once but it was such a fun ride! I love crazy stories with millions of references! I haven’t read Through the Looking Glass yet though — an adventure for another day, perhaps.

    My most reread book is On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, I think. (Right after my childhood books! Those were read again and again!)

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    1. AHHH!!! YESSS!!! I TOTALLY AGREE, E! And OH MY GOT YOU GOTTA READ Through the Looking Glass! IT’S JUST AS AWESOMEEE!!! ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

      oh??! I haven't heard of this one?! Neither the title nor the author?! What genre is it?! I AM INTRIGUED! ❀ ❀

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      1. I will! Someday… Probably need to reread the fist book now though — it’s been AGES!!

        It’s a comic (also a webcomic) and it’s a soft sci-fi with awesome art, double timeline, koi fish spaceships, no men except for a cat and a found family!! Love it so much!! It has a melancholic feel so I love to read it at night or when it’s raining!!

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    1. AHH!!! I am sooo glad that Alice in Wonderland is your favorite tooo, Gemma! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT – every time I open the book, I am transported back in time and I LOVE EVERY MINUTE I SPEND THERE ! It’s awesome!!! ❀ ❀ THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENT, hon! I am so very glad that you liked the interpretation! ❀ ❀ πŸ™‚

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  7. I haven’t read Alice in ages–but I love those books and I do have a copy of that and ‘through the looking glass’ in my collection. They are such interesting stories, even all these years later. πŸ™‚

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  8. This was one of the first classics that I’ve read ever since I started blogging and I was completely sold by the universe in which Alice fell and everything she learns… the hard way hahah You’re definitely making me want to reread this and Through the Looking Glass hahaha Awesome re-read choice, Rain! πŸ˜€

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