First of all, look at this cute-as-hell retro Alice in Wonderland dress, courtesy of Hot Topic. Duh. (This is not a paid endorsement, I just really like the dress.)
Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865. The actual title of Lewis Carroll’s fabulous novel is ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Often, titles are changed so they roll off the tongue easier. For example: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is actually titled, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It was changed when HP made his was to America, i’m guessing they believed ‘philosopher’ was just a tad bit too difficult for us. Psh.
But let’s get back on topic. Alice in Wonderland was banned in New Hampshire in the early 1900’s. Why? Because they felt it promoted sexual fantasies and masturbation. Yeah, I don’t remember that part , either. Probably because it NEVER HAPPENED.
In 1930, China banned Alice, too! The Governor of the Hunan Province in China claimed “animals should not use human language, and that it was disastrous to put humans and animals on the same level.” Hmm. Well, 1930-China, my dogs are pretty much like my children, so.. Just no.
By about 1960, religious groups, parents and school systems realized there were drugs in the book! A little late to the party, don’t you think? But, the presence of Hookahs and Mushrooms led to Alice being banned in all of the United States. Let’s get real, though, who wasn’t chomping on a mushroom and puffing on a Hookah in the 60’s? I’m willing to bet even Tricky Dick (Nixon) enjoyed a joint or two.
But all’s well that ends well. Obviously Alice and her little rabbit friend are no longer banned. And we get to enjoy Johnny Depp sipping his tea, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum with all of their weirdness, and of course, the eccentric Caterpillar smoking his Hookah.
In the spirit of Banned Books, here is a great list of em’. *List of Banned Books*. Go pick one up and feel rebellious! Better yet, read them to your children!