Peter Pan by JM Barrie is one of those stories I grew to love as a child. Obviously, that means I have to re-read it as a sort-of-adult.
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Genre: Fantasy – Adventure – Classic
Age Classification: Children’s / Middle Grade
Release: September 25, 2014 (my copy)
First Published: 1904
It has been years since I have read Peter Pan, but I watch one of the movie adaptations somewhat regularly. It is interesting to see what has been cut, changed or added to the films making them all different to the book.
Neverland has always been one of my favourite fictional worlds (though I still believe the second star to the right does lead to a magical place) so it was brilliant exploring it via the page again. I love that Neverland is similar to a forest by the ocean but with magic, fairies and mermaids plus the added bonus of never growing up. Sure, there is the saying ‘growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional’, but no 5-year-old is being forced to find a job and pay bills, are they?
The book itself is a wonderful read, though it does focus a lot more on Wendy being a girl and Peter being a selfish control freak way too much. How did I not notice this when I was younger? Regardless of these feelings, I can see that these two focal points not only make up a large portion of the story but are necessary to the plot.
I also feel the need to bring up Tinkerbell. I think I have watched too many Disney Tinkerbell movies because I forgot she was a little meanie in Peter Pan. Also a meanie but much more expected is Hook. I love that this revenge-hungry pirate is scared of ticking. Every time I hear the tick-tock of a clock I chuckle to myself thinking of Hook.
I like the lost boys. They are so innocent and trusting of Peter and later Wendy. They deserve all the hugs the world can possibly offer them. They also add more depth to story and help show exactly how Peter thinks and feels.
I found John and Michael’s fading memories of their parents and how they became more and more like the other lost boys sad, though it did raise a question for me. If John and Michael’s memories return once they are back home, do the memories of the lost boys return when they leave Neverland or have they been away too long so have permanently forgotten?
Overall, the writing, the world and the story were all enchanting and the characters were all adorable.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
As horrible as it sounds, the book was not as perfect as I remember it being. I still love the story – that has not changed – I just feel a little conflicted about certain elements of the story.
Have you read Peter Pan?
Have you ever been disappointed by your memory of a book and do you still love it?
Until next time bibliophiles!