I'm decent with handling bad reviews. They wound my ego and I'm not always happy to see them pop up, but when they're constructive, that's great. I belong to a crit group and recently received a review that confused me a bit. A character in my story is a young girl. Though it's never said outright, she comes across a tunnel that leads into a Fairy underworld. The reviewer immediately drew parallels between Alice in Wonderland and my story. This had never occurred to me while writing. Folklore and it's ilk generally cites doorways into "Fairyland" as holes in hillsides, caves, tunnels in the ground, ect. Alice struck me more as a "bad trip", and terrified me as a child. I hated the book, hated the movie, and, consequently, never revisited it when older. My girl was Dorothy and her ruby slippers. As far as I was concerned, Alice was a poseur. But that was a tiny, personal pet-peeve, and I digress... The character sees the hole and, immediately, runs back inside to get prepared, i.e. hastily packing a book bag with a flashlight, batteries, and a dead fish. (Yes, a dead fish. I realize it makes little sense out of context, but the dead fish is an important, er, character.) The reviewer seemed to find this little detour completely unbelievable, which left me baffled. Never mind that she had to make preparations important to the story later, but do children not plan? I certainly remember doing some stupid things as a child, and preparing before hand to do said stupid things made me feel a little adult and the "thing" a little less "stupid". I'm just curious to get a second opinion... assuming any of what I typed was understood. I'm bad at posting what's on my mind and tend to ramble. I'm just hesitant to make a cut a couple of paragraphs that contain info needed elsewhere.