April 04, 2014

Alice in Tumblr-Land by Tim Manley (review)

Title: Alice in Tumblr-Land
Author: Tim Manley
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Humor, Fairy Tales, Graphic Novel
Buy on: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America.

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

This was a nice, short read. I breezed through the stories, mostly because every page has a couple of lines and a drawing. That is also the downside of this book. I hoped the stories would be a bit more elaborate, or just a bit longer.

It was fun though. Some comments on the 21st century were just really true and Sleeping Beauty was a bit recognizable.

Though Sleeping Beauty would sleep the whole day away, she could never fall asleep at night. At night she just sat refreshing her e-mail inbox over and over, each time seeming to prove just how much nobody in the world was thinking about her at that moment. Except Obama. Obama e-mailed her, like, every ten minutes.

Also, the drawings were great and made the short stories feel a bit more alive.

Still, I'm going to give it 3 stars because it was just so short and I expected more of it.

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