Classic novels “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” have been translated from words to emoji by designer Joe Hale. Creative Commons
English author Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice in Wonderland is well known around the world and has been adapted into an equally popular animated Disney feature film. The book, which falls under the fantasy genre, tells the story of a young girl named Alice, who falls into a rabbit hole and enters a magical alternate world.
If the films and book were not enough for you, know that you can now read Alice in Wonderland in an interesting new medium: emojis. Designer Joe Hale has translated the novel from words to emoji. And in case you were curious, the book has 27,500 words while the emoji lattice, titled Wonderland, features 25,000 emoticons.
“My translation was inspired by the psychedelic atmosphere of Walt Disney’s classic animated film and the memory of happy summer days wandering through the city of London,” Hale told The Huffington Post, further citing that he was inspired by William Burroughs’ writings on hieroglyphics and the Buddhist concept of visualization.
What is the best way to read Hale’s work? The designer recommends reading his work — which he says is “a visual aid to inspire the imagination and think about the magical world of Wonderland” — with Carroll’s original text for the best experience.
Most recently, Hale has completed the emoji adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan which the emoji author has named Neverland. “Reawaken the enchanting Neverland of Peter Pan with this emoji translation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of childhood and imagination,” says Hale’s website. “Barrie’s 47000-word novel has been translated into a text of over 44000 emojis using a style that allows the emoji to be decrypted into a crude version of the original. This project has taken inspiration from Arthur Machen’s aesthetic treatise “Hieroglyphics”, the archetypal theories of Carl Jung and the opening quatrain of William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence.” Second to the right, and straight on till morning!””
The poster form of both of Hale’s emoji translations — Wonderland and Neverland — are available for purchase on his website for $29.95.