Disney Characters and the Quarter-Life Crises Collide in “Alice in Tumblr-land”
Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation blends fairy tales, internet culture and twentysomething relationships.
Multiple narratives are told through short segments, usually with delightful sketches of reinvented Disney characters. The result is like scrolling a fairy-tale Tumblr feed. Robin Hood’s made a new social media campaign, but is he actually fighting poverty or just encouraging slacktivism? The Tortoise and The Hare can’t stop Facebook-stalking each other and comparing lives. The Ugly Duckling seeks a flattering Instagram filter. Chicken Little tries Xanax, while Little Red Riding Hood is sick of meeting wolves on OK Cupid.
Readers watch familiar characters take on familiar and unfamiliar challenges of adult life in this delightful book. Although the concept of Disney princesses and Aesop’s animals experiencing career crossroads and bad dates (and posting on Facebook and Instagram) is hilarious, the overall narrative is deeply sympathetic to the twentysomething experience. While it’s not hard to find editorials trivializing post-college dilemmas and social media encounters as millennial navel-gazing, Alice In Tumblr-Land goes the other way, offering compassion and understanding on the struggle to happily-ever-after.