Most people who know me, know that I have an obsession with anything Tim Burton, and more importantly, the story and concepts surrounding Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Wonderland is the ultimate escapist fantasy. The whole notion of running away and having the grandest adventure, even if it is at the height of bizarre. And that is how I am looking at life right now. Dare I say it… “YOLO.”
What I love most about the ideology behind fantasy fiction, is the alternate reality, the hero coming from nothing – becoming known across the land for something good and great – the people coming together, unified as one. It’s just something that you hear about, either only in fiction, or in days gone by. Such an occurrence never seems to transpire in today’s western world… And I think that’s quite worrying, particularly with the current political climate – particularly in the UK, with the little people feeling more and more strangled rather than supported.
Anyway, I digress… One of the things that draws me to Alice, is her natural instinct to ask questions, she is not afraid to find out what she thinks she needs to know, though of course, half the time she isn’t even asking the right questions, and more being, simply, “curious“.
It’s the undenied confidence that exuberates from such a small person – she is not intimidated by the situation and circumstance in which she finds herself, and I feel we need more people like that; to stop “those in positions of authority” from strongly believing their word is law, when it is not, without being questioned.
The whole nature of there being an entire world that can only be entered via certain means – down a rabbit hole, through a mirror, at the back of a wardrobe, is everyone’s biggest dream, particularly those who enjoy a break from reality – reading books, engrossing themselves in a film or RPG game – just escaping into another world and living someone else’s life, through their eyes. It’s amazing. It definitely rings true for me, having a place to run to and forget all the troubles of the world – not that I feel anyone should ‘run away’ from anything… Just sometimes, it’s relaxing and has a sense of serendipity. It’s a major reason as to why I’ve always had an affinity for acting, playing a different character and delving into their world, their lives, their sense of identity. It’s intriguing.
The Wonderland books are full of some magical, astounding and inspiring quotes, too! They are most definitely some of the queerest things I have read and heard, whilst being at the same time, very true.
I have the phrase “We’re All Mad Here” tattooed on my chest, as that is something that I feel is so incredibly true – the world is full of strange, peculiar and wonderful people. So much so that to different people with different thought processes, everyone will be mad to someone else.
From different points of view, comes different opinions, different meanings and different conclusions.
Other fantastic quotes include:
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”
This type of escapism has most definitely had a profound effect on me… I love jumping into a good book, loosing myself in a fantasy TV series or film…
It’s just… Different.
‘Til next time.