Q : Queen of Hearts “I warn you, child… if I lose my temper, you lose your head! Understand?”

Day 20

 Queen of Hearts

You’ve got to be pretty insane to be the craziest person in Wonderland.

Adding another Queen to our roster of Villains.

The Queen of Hearts is that Crazy.

Alice in Wonderland is based on the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by English writer and mathematician, Lewis Carroll in 1865. Although Carroll has stated that the Queen of Hearts is not based on any real person. Many people have considered it a caricature of Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837-1901.

Carroll’s sequel, Through the Looking Glass features a character similar to the Queen of Hearts but still different. She’s known as the Red Queen and Carroll has tried to make the distinction between the two, however, many adaptions combine the two Queens. Such as Tim Burton’s Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter.

In the book, while the Queen of Hearts wants to behead everyone who crosses her, her Husband the King of Hearts often pardons her victims while the Queen is not looking.

Even though the Queen of Hearts is obsessed with beheading people, Carroll does not depict her as a villain in the original novel. It’s throughout the many adaptations that she is turned into the Villain of the story.

Some report that Walt Disney felt a lot of pressure to adapt Alice in Wonderland. Many people thought the classic tale would be a perfect Disney film. He found it a challenge to do so and his hesitation stemmed from the lack of a typical story line.

Whether or not this was the case, Disney did mull around the idea of making Alice in Wonderland a combination of a Live Action Alice going into an Animated Wonderland. Actress Mary Pickford did some color screen tests in preparation.

According to IMdb, “In an interview with gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper, Walt explained that the Queen of Hearts was somewhat based on rival gossip-columnist Louella Parsons, who was similarly ill-tempered and wore her dark hair in a bun.”

I hope you enjoyed spending this time with the Queen of Hearts.
❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you for Reading!

See you Tomorrow!!


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