Though more than one century has passed, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland still new generations of young and older readers alike. Among many other reasons, Carroll’s tale may be explained by its particular work on language and the mass effects it produces in the mind of children and adults, therefore creating a remarkable literary work.
Alice Books by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), known as Lewis Carroll appeared in a period when the sentimental stories and the conformation to the moral and aesthetic values were in fashion.
The Alice books are considered to be one of the most important examples of the genre of literary nonsense, and its narrative development and ...view middle of the document...
The very first recorded literary works in history were fantasy:, Homer's Odyssey, The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, The Epic of Gilgamesh and many others were the prototypes upon which modern literature was formed.
Many of the most abiding works of popular and literary fiction fall squarely within the world of fantasy, such as Sir Thomas Mallory's Le Morte D'Arthur, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe.What is interesting about fantasy is that it represents the only form of literature that plays with the boundaries between adult fiction and children's fiction.
Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, however, have confronted the description since they first were published. The books were written for a child called Alice, who was the daughter of a friend of Carroll's but there is no wonder that they are just as often read by adults looking for an escape back to the childhood. Another example is the books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel under the pseudonym "Dr. Seuss," which are of no doubt the most popular children's books for such a long time amd for sure can be described as 100% fantasy. Their wild and colorful worlds, inhabited by colorful and interesting creatures, represents the setting for tales that hold merit both for their inventiveness and for the real emotional and social values they bring. A more contemporary example is J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, which have something similar to a revolution in the publishing world. While the book had the children as the primary target audience they have become a trendy and popular read for people of all ages.
In general, fantasy genre has enjoyed enourmous popularity, if not that much accepted in the literary circles. The first background for this unexpected popularity was the enourmous success of The Lord of the Rings series of films, based upon the novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. The works of Tolkien once were entirely part of the world of the true fantasy fans, but the immense popularity of the films has made it socially acceptable to widely explore fantasy for the first time in the modern era. Fantasy novel sales have benefited from this social change, with the original The Lord of the Rings novels, the books of Harry Potter and a lot of other creations had become bestsellers. A work of historical fantasy by Dan Brown called The Da Vinci Code, has more recently won the imagination of the world. The novel, as of April 11, 2005, was on top of one of the best well known magazine called: The New York Times', even though the first edition came out more than two years prior. It is quite obvious that fantasy is showing no signs of loosing it’s popularity and interest, even if the literary elite are slow to come around.
Fairy tales and their ancestors: myth and folklore, have always been connected with the power of woman and their wisdom. The older women usually retelled this stories, passing...