Title: Run, Rabbit
Author: Angela Slatter
In: Mad Hatters and March Hares (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fantasy
Dates read: 27th January 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: He knows what to look for in newcomers
Rabbit is on the run from the Queen. But it isn’t until he is caught that he realises what a twisted trap he has laid for himself.
Sometimes it is fun to imagine what happens to the characters after you turn the last page of the story. Especially when you are dealing with characters such as Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s not a story that has a clear beginning and ending. And it’s one that leaves a lot of imaginative license – there aren’t a lot of very specific plot lines and it gives a lot of fluidity and manoeuvrability to the storyline.
This short story takes the idea of “what happens after” and creates a whole new narrative. One in which the Rabbit is something a little more evil. A little more twisted, and even Alice is turned into a darker and more sinister version. Which, on rereading the original storylines, I can completely understand the dark and twisty storyline and feeling.
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