[[Creator/PatrickSenecal Patrick Senécal]]'s ''Aliss'' (2000) is a BloodierAndGorier [[WholePlotReference rewrite]] of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', set in Daresbury, a mysterious neighborhood of Montréal. The teenage Aliss, rebelling against her normal life, finds herself [[FollowTheWhiteRabbit following an absent-minded older man, Charles]], to the previously invisible Daresbury stop on the Metro. Shortly after her arrival, she becomes obsessed with the mysterious building near her apartment, the residence of the Red Queen. Soon, Aliss decides that she will do anything to enter the Red Queen's employ--no matter how dangerous.

[[NoExportForYou The novel is available only in French]]. Désolé.


%%* AliceAllusion
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Bone and Chair, although Bone is more liable to get off topic.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Bone's neo-Victorian suit and top hat.
%%* AxCrazy: The Red Queen; Bone and Chair.
%%* BabiesEverAfter: The last words of the novel.
%%* BiTheWay: Andromaque.
%%* BigBad: The Red Queen.
* BilingualBonus: There's some untranslated English, like Chair, ("Flesh") which is a MultipleReferencePun, since it rhymes with "Hare."
* BlackComedy: Bone and Chair usually add levity to horrible situations through morbid humor. The highlights include their reaction to [[spoiler:Pouf]] tossing himself out a window and their BigDamnHeroes moment during the [[spoiler: attempted assassination of the Red Queen]].
* BodyHorror: Quite frequently.
** Bone and Chair vivisect people (and cats) as part of their [[MadScientist scientific research]] into the existence of the soul.
** Verrue's decomposing leg.
** Charles's [[spoiler: work of art in the kitchen.]]
* TheBore: Mickey and Minnie may be into bondage (see below), but the other characters find them excruciatingly dull.
%%* BrainsAndBondage: Parodied with Mickey and Minnie.
* BreakingSpeech: The Red Queen delivers one to Aliss at the climax of the trial, exploding Aliss's fantasies about living in a Nietzsche-esque world.
%%* ButtMonkey: Pouf.
* CanonWelding: The Red Queen is none other than [[spoiler:Michelle Beaulieu, who ran away from her DysfunctionalFamily nine years prior, in Creator/PatrickSenecal's book ''5150, Rue des Ormes''. Michelle is mentioned in one of his later works, ''Le vide'', and appears again in Senécal's 2015 book, ''Faims''. Similarly, Mickey and the Royales make a surprise reappearance years later, in the second book of Patrick Senécal's quadrilogy Malphas.]]
%%* CheshireCatGrin
* ChildlessDystopia: {{Lampshade}}d by Mario. Although birth control doesn't appear to exist, there are virtually no pregnancies. Andromaque is the sole exception.
%%* ClockKing: Charles has a thing about being late.
%%** Time is Bone's BerserkButton.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: This is ''Alice in Wonderland,'' after all. The novel's denizens range from pleasant but offbeat to full-blown villains. Most of them, however, are simply TrueNeutral: they have no real moral sense or taboos, and many have a LackOfEmpathy.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Bone's and Chair's elaborate explanation for why they took so long to show up when [[spoiler: LaResistance was trying to assassinate the Red Queen.]] As they quite seriously inform Aliss and the Queen, they'd locked themselves out of the car, and were debating about whether or not to break the window in order to get their guns. The Red Queen does not find this entertaining.
* CompositeCharacter: The Red Queen (Queen of Hearts/Red Queen from ''Through the Looking Glass'').
** Charles is both the White Rabbit and Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll.
** Given that they serve as the Red Queen's messengers, Bone and Chair are both the Mad Hatter/March Hare and their ''Looking Glass'' counterparts, Hatta/Haigha.
** Due to running a brothel competing with The Red Queen's brothel and being an AbusiveParent toward her newborn child [[spoiler: whom she eventually murders]], Andromaque is both the White Queen and the Duchess.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Aliss finds Bone and Chair relatively attractive, but you wouldn't know that from the cover, where they're both distorted grotesques.
* CrapsackWorld: The Red Queen runs Daresbury like it's GangsterLand, complete with regular demands for protection money. If you don't pay up, you'll get a visit from one of her "servants," or, worse still, [[BodyHorror Bone and Chair]]. Moreover, much of Daresbury looks like a crumbling slum.
%%* CreepyHousekeeper: Bone's and Chair's grotesque housekeeper.
%%* DeadGuyOnDisplay: [[spoiler: The Red Queen's "art exhibitions."]]
%%** Becomes TaxidermyTerror when Aliss finally manages to see inside one of the rooms.
%%* DeadlyDoctor: Bone and Chair, who have real-world medical degrees.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Charles's [[spoiler: suicide]] initially looks like it's going to play out that way. Until [[spoiler: Chess arrives and eats his soul]], that is.
* DeathOfAChild: [[spoiler:Andromaque's baby dies near the end, probably at Andromaque's hand.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Aliss believes that, thanks to the PowerOfFriendship, both Andromaque and the Red Queen are genuinely discovering new emotional depths. [[spoiler: As it turns out, the novel subverts the trope. Aliss is completely wrong about the Red Queen, which is par for the course. In Andromaque's case, there really is some defrosting at work, but the results are ultimately tragic.]]
%%* DepravedHomosexual: Bone and Chair, who consider vivisection a real turn-on.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Displeasing the Red Queen in any way usually results in death, no matter what the offense.
* TheDividual: Micha and Hugo, Bone and Chair, Mickey and Minnie. Micha and Hugo, the [[{{Expy}} expies]] for Tweedledee and Tweedledum, are the twindividual variety, while the other two pairs are syndividuals.
%%* TheDragon: Bone and Chair to the Red Queen.
%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Charles.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Aliss's experiences with Micros and Macros are almost all nightmarish, and even when they aren't, the pills' overall effects are obviously bad.
* EarAche: By sheer accident, Aliss manages to slice [[spoiler: Chair's]] ear off.
* {{Expy}}: Just about every major character has a parallel in ''Alice in Wonderland'' and/or ''Through the Looking Glass.''
** Aliss is Alice, of course.
** Charles is the White Rabbit, but he is also an {{Expy}} of Lewis Carroll himself (sharing his real first name).
** Chess is the Cheshire Cat.
** Bone and Chair are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, respectively.
** Verrue is the Caterpillar.
** Micha and Hugo are Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
** Marco is the Knave of Hearts.
** Andromaque is a CompositeCharacter of the Duchess and the White Queen.
** The Red Queen is The Queen of Hearts.
** Mme Letendre is The Doorknob.
** Pouf is The Dormouse.
* FanDisservice: Every single sex scene has ''something'' grotesque, repulsive, or outright criminal about it.
* FantasticDrug: The Micros, Macros and the Royales. The former two make one feel tiny and huge, respectively, and the latter is an ultra-powerful aphrodisiac.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Bone's manners are often quite elegant. Of course, he'll happily vivisect you at a moment's notice.
* FingerInTheMail: A rare example of the delivery making the recipient ''happy''. Bone brings [[spoiler: Charles]] a head as a gift.
* {{Fingore}}: Chair deliberately slams a car door on [[spoiler: Pouf's]] finger.
%%* FollowTheWhiteRabbit
* FunctionalAddict: Played with in Chess's case. Chess looks like a stereotypical example of someone suffering from the results of DrugsAreBad, but he's one of the more rational conversationalists in Daresbury. [[spoiler: He gets high on ''souls.'']]
* GenreBlind: Aliss (see NietzscheWannabe).
* {{Gorn}}: The Tea Party chapter, which features vivisection, corpses hanging from the rafters, and body parts on display.
* HemoErotic: Bone and Chair find vivisection very...exciting.
%%* HorrifyingTheHorror: Even the Red Queen and Bone and Chair get antsy around Chess.
* HumanoidAbomination: Chess, who claims to have read every book in existence, can appear and disappear into any shadow (with his grin disappearing last), knows everything about any residents of Daresbury, and, oh, consumes souls. May double as a TimeAbyss, as he claims only two kinds of people can see souls: those who are near death and immortals, and Chess is not near death.
* HumanPincushion: The Red Queen executes [[spoiler: Mario]] by painting a dart board on him. The audience at the trial then skewers him with gigantic darts.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Part of Chair's backstory: he ran track in college and had lofty ambitions, but never made it to the big leagues. However, he still wears running shoes all the time.
* %% KangarooCourt: The trial at the end of Aliss' stay in Daresbury.
* LaResistance: Mario and Pouf are in charge of it. [[spoiler: They don't win.]]
%%* LaughingMad: Bone's trademark giggle.
* LifeDrinker: For [[spoiler: Chess]], souls are a drug. It's not clear if he's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], an EldritchAbomination, the GrimReaper, or something else.
* LimitedWardrobe: Aliss notices that Bone is wearing the same suit and hat every time she sees him.
* MadScientistLaboratory: The basement of Bone's and Chair's house.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Several.
** Verrue (the Caterpillar) is shot in the leg early on; then, after the leg becomes gangrenous, a doctor amputates it. With an axe. And without anesthesia. Verrue manages to stay philosophical about the entire affair.
** Minnie keeps reading from the Marquis de Sade [[spoiler: even though Chair has just slashed her throat open.]]
** Chair seems only mildly annoyed by the loss of [[spoiler: his ear.]]
** At the end, Aliss keeps going for a surprisingly long time, despite being both [[spoiler: shot ''and'' raped.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Daresbury itself. On the one hand, regular technology works there, residents listen to music from outside, and it's possible to leave by Metro or phone Montréal. Crucially, as Aliss discovers, the effects of Daresbury's drugs and [[spoiler: bullets]] carry over to the rest of the world, and vice-versa. On the other, there's no way to walk out of Daresbury, and it can only be reached by those in the right frame of mind. There are no sexually-transmitted diseases or pregnancies (except for Andromaque's child). Moreover, at least one of the residents [[spoiler: is immortal.]] There's also the matter of Verrue's fate.
* MeaningfulRename: Alice changes her name to Aliss in Daresbury as a sign of her new life.
* NaiveNewcomer: Aliss. Despite her best efforts, she never really stops being naïve (see OnlySaneMan).
%%* NiceHat: Bone, [[TheMadHatter of course]].
* NietzscheWannabe: Aliss is absolutely convinced that she's in ''Also Sprach Zarathustra,'' which is why she becomes so intent on pursuing the Red Queen: she thinks that the Queen is the "surfemme" (Superwoman). However, as several characters point out to her, she hasn't understood what little she's read of Nietzsche.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: After Aliss refuses to torture Mickey, Bone [[spoiler:shoots her in the leg]], and then he and Chair abandon her. [[spoiler:Mickey rapes her.]]
* OldDarkHouse: Bone's and Chair's decaying Victorian-style mansion, which is weltering under [[ExtremelyDustyHome years' worth of dirt]].
%%* OneWordTitle: Also a ProtagonistTitle.
%%* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Bone and Chair; the Hulk.
* OnlyOneName: Just about everyone. Characters addressed by their last name appear not to have a first name, and vice-versa.
%%* OnlySaneMan: The plot revolves around Aliss's attempts to ''stop'' being this, with very mixed results.
%%** Andromaque and Charles, although more closely aligned with Daresbury, have also been unable to entirely let go of their real-world moral compasses.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Daresbury justice works like this. Assault someone, and they have the right to assault you back. When Mickey attacks Aliss while she is working for the Red Queen, Bone and Chair offer her the opportunity to torture him as retribution. She can't do it, and therefore [[spoiler: fails the Red Queen's test.]]
%%* ProtagonistTitle: Also a OneWordTitle.
%%* PungeonMaster: Bone's VerbalTic, although Chair does this too.
%%* PuppyLove: Aliss's crush on Mario, [[spoiler:which is not reciprocated]].
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter:
** Bone and Chair are ''extremely'' cheerful during their little "experiments."
** The audience at the trial has a grand time with the dartboard execution.
* TheReveal: Played with. During the trial, Aliss finally lets out the Red Queen's secret past as a [[spoiler: serial killer]]. Everyone is momentarily shocked, but that's it.
* RhymesOnADime: Andromaque speaks entirely in couplets.
* SafeSaneAndConsensual: If you're frequenting the Red Queen's brothel, don't even think about harming a prostitute who ''isn't'' interested in BDSM. That's grounds for immediate PayEvilUntoEvil, up to possible DeathBySex (implied at the big party).
* ScrapbookStory: Most of the novel is told in the first person, but there are also numerous framing interviews with Aliss's parents, friends, and teachers.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: The entire plot. The Red Queen has designed all of Aliss's experiences in Daresbury to demonstrate that she cannot abandon conventional morality.]]
* StartOfDarkness: ''5150, Rue des Ormes'' and the 2012 web series ''La Reine Rouge'' for the Red Queen.
%%* TheStoner: Verrue.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Poor [[spoiler: Pouf]] at the tea party.
* {{Telepathy}}: Mme. Letendre's ability to know exactly which key Aliss needs at any given time (another manifestation of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane).
%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Bone and Chair.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Micha and Hugo (Tweedledee and Tweedledum).
* UnconventionalFormatting: When Aliss takes a Micro, the font shrinks; when she takes a Macro, it grows and shifts to [[BoldInflation ALL CAPS]].
* VerbalTic: Most characters have one. Notably, Bone and Chair pun endlessly, Charles stutters, Andromaque rhymes, Mme. Letendre drops all her vowels, and the Hulk drops all his consonants.
* VillainousBSOD: Andromaque collapses at the end of the novel after [[spoiler: she murders her baby in order to free herself of real-world morality. It doesn't work.]]
* VillainousRescue: Bone and Chair save Aliss from potentially life-threatening situations three times. Aliss thinks, all evidence to the contrary, that ThoseTwoBadGuys are being [[GoodSamaritan Good Samaritans]]; it's only the third time, when they save her from Mickey, that she realizes the truth. [[spoiler: It's part of the SecretTestOfCharacter.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Andromaque's baby vomits over everything just about every time it appears.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In-universe, Verrue's disappearance.
%%* WouldHitAGirl: Chair.
%%* WrongGenreSavvy: Aliss (see NietzscheWannabe), who does not seem acquainted with ''Literature/AliceInWonderland.''
* YouLookFamiliar: In-universe. It takes the entire novel for Aliss to figure out why she recognizes Mme. Letendre.