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A recurring trend in YA literature and film and television today is to pull from well-known stories as source material. Rick Riordan used Greek mythology for the Percy Jackson series, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson used the classic children’s story Peter Pan, for their Peter and the Starcatchers series, and…

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It is traditional for a woman to take her husband’s last name and forsake her own. In the past, when a woman’s only identity was her husband’s, this name change wasn’t an issue, however, as women have created identities for themselves, separate from their husbands, this custom has been challenged…

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All three retellings examined in this series are trading on the legacy of Alice that started with Lewis Carroll’s story to entertain three little girls. What came of it was a classic children’s story, but one that is confined by the conventions of children’s literature. The Queen of Hearts and…

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Most retellings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, like Splintered, feature a Hatter who is mad, but some retellings, like the television series Once Upon a Time, creates a dynamic Mad Hatter character by placing the madness on the periphery. In the show, the Evil Queen Regina has cursed fairy tale…

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The Mad Hatter’s madness is taken for granted by modern audiences of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its retellings, even though Lewis Carroll never labeled the Hatter as mad. What Carroll did, was set the Hatter up for madness. In the chapter leading up to the Hatter’s introduction, the Cheshire…

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YA author Marissa Meyer is not new to the realm of retellings. Her bestselling series, The Lunar Chronicles, feature retellings of classic fairy tales, including “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” and “Rapunzel.” Her standalone novel, Heartless, tells the origin story of the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Small black boxes fill my screen. Each one is labeled with a name in white lettering, but give no other identifying features. The microphone symbol in the bottom left corner has a bright red slash through it clearly indicating the lack of participation I should expect. I have no way…

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When she’s not writing at the coffee shop, cuddling with her cat, or watching bad reality television, you can find her traveling to new and familiar places.

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