The main aim of this diploma thesis is to compare the two fantasy novels Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Coraline by Neil Gaiman on a number of levels in order to find out whether Coraline is just a newer version of the prominent Alice-stories or whether it is an independent, unique work by itself. After a brief introduction and an overview of the stories and the historical and cultural backgrounds of the novels as well as relevant information on the authors, chapter three is used to compare the most important characters of the two works. I am comparing the two girly heroines, the adult villains as well as the animals appearing in the novels, as all of them share many similarities but are very different from each other at the same time.In chapter four, which is the main part of this thesis, I am analysing the most important parts of the works on the story and the discourse level. This comparison stretches from the ways the girls enter the fantasy worlds to the different ways they leave them behind again in order to get back home into their realities. I am focusing on the role of games and competitions, the importance of poetry and creativity as well as the way dreams influence the novels. As in both wonderlands presented, reality and truth, as the main characters know them, are often turned upside down, I am also trying to find out how everyday objects and items like mirrors, glass, food and drinks are used to depict the otherness and irrationality of the wonder worlds.As my work is divided up into many chapters and sub-chapters, I am also including a chapter in which I am summarizing and combining all the outcomes of my analyses and comparisons. To finish off my paper, I am providing a conclusion in which I am answering my research question and am also trying to give reasons for why both works have the potential to be classics loved by children and adults alike.