Babbitt told the audience she found Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" appealing as a child because "there is only one sensible character in the book" — Alice. "The adults are idiots," she said. "I liked that idea — and I grew up to find out that that's true."
Babbitt also recounted her experience with Disney during the production of the 2002 film version of "Tuck Everlasting," a process in which she was not involved. When she lamented the changes the studio had made to a creative executive at Disney, the executive told her the story had to be simplified. "Otherwise, children wouldn't understand," she recalled the executive telling her.
"It's a good thing I live on the East Coast, or I would have done something evil, " Babbitt said, smiling mischievously at the audience.