Friday, March 5, 2010

Johnny Depp - Mad Hatter - In Cynthia's Attic!

Ever since I can remember, time travel and "other worlds" have fascinated me. I used to sit in front of my dresser mirror and try to wish my way through it just as Alice in her looking glass. Not sure what I expected to see on the other side, but Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, probably wasn't in my thought process back then.

Sir John Tenniel was the original illustrator in Lewis Carroll's book, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. So, how do you think J. D. stands up to Carroll's image of The Mad Hatter who was supposedly drawn to resemble an eccentric British inventor and furniture dealer, Theophilus Carter? Many would agree that Depp is also a bit eccentric, so in my mind, he's a perfect fit.

But, I much as I love seeing JD in almost any movies, the jury is still out (IMO) as to whether Tim Burton's version is simply too dark. I love the story, so much, I'll have to wait and see whether my trepidations can be overcome. Chances are good, they will!

But, back to the book. My fascination with all things fantastical led to writing "Cynthia's Attic." A recurring dream I'd had for over 20 years about a mysterious attic, began the process. Once I realized that the dream took place in the home of my childhood friend, Cynthia, the writing began. I kept hoping I'd have the dream again and that magical things would happen to add to my stories, but as with most recurring dreams, once you figure them out, they're gone forever.

That didn't stop my vision, though, of creating other worlds and other times for twelve-year-old best friends, Cynthia and Gus (Her real name is Augusta Lee, but don't call her that unless you want a kick in the shins).

So the next time you're sitting at a mirror, wondering what's on the other side, do what I do. Visualize Johnny Depp!

Watch the Trailer!

Meanwhile, check out Cynthia's Attic Series!

…”a good old fashioned family story, with all the sci-fi perks and jigs to light the imagination of today’s young reader.” Real Reader Reviews

"This wonderfully imaginative tale will delight readers. I wish I had a magic attic!" - Laura Schaefer, author of The Teashop Girls.

Mary Cunningham Books
Quake/Echelon Press


Cynde L. Hammond said...

I just found this sweet little story and photo, Mary.

The Lord sure works in mysterious ways, doesn't He? I'm so thankful. for your sake, that you had that special time with Oleita. What a precious memory.

You are so good to your "childhood friends". That shows alot about the type of character you have.

God bless you for that, Mary. I'm proud to have "met" you.

Cynde's Got The Write Stuff

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks, Cynde. I know you're referring to the FEb. 19th post before this one about my friend, Oleita.

Really appreciate your kind thoughts!! She was a special person and I'll always miss her.