Title: Some Kind of Wonderland
Author: Richard Bowes
In: Mad Hatters and March Hares (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, LGBTQI, Romance
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Things I learned working on Wonderland led to my nice gig as a location scout and fixer for movies and TV shows shooting in New York.
Some Kind of Wonderland is being reshown after fifty years of being forgotten. But as an old film resurfaces, so do old memories and a love that lasts the measure of time.
I enjoyed this short story far more than I was expecting. I thought that it would be a slightly lame recap on the filming of a rework of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And it was that. But it really wasn’t lame. The description of the film, the characters and their issues (both within and without the film), even the setting were such a beautiful contemporary and modern approach to an old classic.
I really enjoyed the mystery and layout of the romance throughout this story. Especially since the retelling and unravelling come about fifty years after the beginning of the tale. The slightly surreal story and way in which it is told mirrors the incredibly tripped out feeling of Wonderland. The finding of oneself and being true to who you are are so very clearly reflected in both of the tracks of the story.
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