Peter Pan (Review)

  • Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

    • Rating: 8/10
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Pages: around 200 (depending on the version)
    • Topics: Magic, Adventure, Action

R E V I E W: So for those of you who don’t know, this particular story wasn’t the first time Peter Pan had made an appearance. J.M. Barrie first introduced Peter in The Little White Bird which was published back in 1902. Shortly after, the play “Peter Pan” was produced in 1904 (then novel was written in 1911). ANYWAYS, this famous piece of work will always be one of those novels that I wouldn’t mind reading again and again. If you are a fan of the Disney adaptation of Peter Pan or any film adaptation of the story, I highly encourage you to read the novel! The novel is a lot shorter than what you would expect, but it still provides a complete plot filled with action and adventure. I’ve watched the Disney version enough to write out the entire script (I’m 18 years old LOL), but reading the novel gave me a whole new, fresh experience of Neverland. For example, many of the components in the novels were left out in the Disney adaptation, and I genuinely enjoyed reading and learning more about the characters in-dept in J.M. Barrie’s story (the 2003 adaption is actually VERY similar to the book… I was impressed). It also differs in that the book is a lot darker, adding some sick and twisted notions behind the idea of Peter and his Lost Boys. The story also has a tiny bit of romance, mostly from Wendy’s perspective. It’s rather unclear in the story if Peter has feelings for Wendy or not, but some parts do suggest that he perhaps does (you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m talking about:)). There are also a few racist and stereotypical remarks made towards the Indians in Tiger Lily’s tribe. Now, although Peter Pan is often considered children’s literature, I feel like anyone of any age would be able to enjoy it! Even if you’re not a fan of Disney or don’t like any of the film adaptations, I would still encourage you to read this book. It’s short and sweet, and it reads very quickly as well. The metaphors and many of the quotes in the novel will really get you thinking, which is literally my favorite component in a book. I hope you get a chance to read it and let me know what you think 🙂

~Sofia

 

 

 

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