Every writer has books that have inspired them, tickled their fancy, amused and changed them, but the difficulty is in pinning down one certain book that changes everything (and I mean everything about what we know of the world). That’s difficult, to say simply one.
This month’s Teen Can Write, Too! blog chain prompt suggested to write about the book that changed one’s life. What is one particular book that changed your life? Why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?
One book in particular stood out in my mind when thinking about which to choose. It had to be one I encountered in my childhood, something quite fantastic, but also, knowing me, rather archaic.
And thus you find me, talking about one of my favourite writers: Lewis Carroll. I always cite the Oxford Professor Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) as being the inspiration of my youth, and, sure enough, his books have altered my perception of the world. Literally, in the case of Sylvie and Bruno, which I mentioned in my Personal Statement, and which started off a discussion about the knowledge of reality in an interview.
I first came across Alice Through The Looking Glass when I was given the movie along with the book in a double pack as a present. I think I originally chose to read it because there was that film alongside it, which has become one of my favourite films, and I was just curious for the tale. It’s, as one would expect, the sequel to the greater known Alice in Wonderland, and this time Alice finds herself in a similarly odd opposites land.
“You won’t make yourself a bit realler by crying,” Tweedledee remarked.
From the beginning, the eclectic cast of characters (including Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn) aid Alice through a life-size game of chess to becoming Queen at the end.
I could spout on all day about how much I love Carroll’s simultaneously cryptic and tongue-in-cheek poetry dotted about the novel, but I’ll simply note that his style of literature has stuck with me my entire life; I’ve not yet managed to combine prose with poetry, but I have learnt to meddle in both disciplines. I think Carroll’s works have guided me to a different way of considering writing. His way of making the unrealistic (such as talking animals) seem perfectly reasonable is a trait I admire in a writer. If someone can form their world so tightly, they deserve to be noticed.
The book also contains one of my favourite poems and one I can recite by heart: the Jabberwocky.
Besides, I’d say I’m pretty good at quoting the movie, knowing the amount of times I have watched it! That gets the story points for dialogue memorability.
Some people say sequels are worse than their predecessors, but I disagree. After all, this one might just have changed my life.
“Can you do addition?” the White Queen asked. “What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?”
“I don’t know,” said Alice, “I lost count.”
“She can’t do addition,” the Red Queen interrupted.
The rest of the January chain by date:
January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer
January 7th – https://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina
January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines
January 9th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles
January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.
January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters
January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl
January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined
January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo
January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response
January 23rd – http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes
January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes
January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)