I was watching Alice in Wonderland (1951) and it occurred to me it's source has been in the public domain for a while now. So was Wizard of Oz (since 1956). On top of that both had derivative remakes Alice In Wonderland (2010) and Oz The Great And Powerful (2013). Everybody is just milking the public domain cow on this.
Then I was like, what if their worlds collided? Dorothy falls into some Kansas sinkhole and stumbles into Wonderland with help from a graboid or something. Alice gets taken by a Jabberwocky to Oz? Keep in mind these are two girls who had numerous dubious encounters with bizarre worlds. Every time they 'wake up' from the experience. Alice alone was exposed to several types of smoke, mushrooms, unmarked vials, and a carrot. Dorothy straight crashed in a field of poppies. That's the thinnest veil for substance abuse I've ever seen.
Is there some other underlying message here? Could these be troubled young women trying desperately to cope with their world by escaping to another? Would it be so ludicrous for them to encounter each other? Then maybe together they could explore or conquer their dreams and nightmares? Am I trying to mash two dated children stories into some dark adult decadent pulp?
All those are rhetorical questions.
Speaking of escapist stories: Thought of doing a Wendy from Peter Pan meets Susan from Narnia, then found out Narnia is still under copyright. It would have been so cool too. Wendy flies out a window, Susan walks into a closet. A closet, where the first one to greet her is Tumnus, a satyr? Wendy flies off to an island with a flute playing nature boy who stays eternally youthful like Pan, the satyr. Come on, seriously?
Alan Moore seems to agree [link]
I could write essays on this. But instead I'll make pictures.
Dorothy based on [link]
Serpent based on [link]