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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Title: Peter Pan
Publisher: Project Gutenberg

Publication Date: 1911
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: ebook
Pages: 208

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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England // Neverland (1911)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: All children, except one, grow up.

Peter Pan is one of those stories that everyone knows about but they might not have read especially since its been made into a movie by Disney. When I heard about a new book coming out this year called Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, which it the Peter Pan story told from Tiger Lily’s POV, I thought that this year would be the perfect time to sit down and read J.M. Barry’s book. 

I was a bit wary going into this story as I’d seen the Disney version so many times that I was a bit worried about all the changes that were made and that I would not like the original version as much. But I needn’t have worried because I really enjoyed this story and I was quite pleased and surprised to see that Disney hadn’t corrupted it too much. Yes there were changes and some events happened out of order but over all Disney was very true to the original form of the story (including having a dog as a Nanny!)

One thing that I liked about this story was getting some history on Peter Pan and how he came to be in Neverland. I liked how, initially anyway, that he and the Indians weren’t on the best of terms. And I liked how they explain that while Peter Pan will always be a little boy he does age. Just at a much much much slower rate than people do. There is magic in Neverland that keeps things the same but once you leave there, even for a little while, you are affected by time just as everyone else in the real world. I liked that little twist on things and it certainly gives some new backstory to the Robin William’s movie Hook. 

I won’t say that I was sucked into this story as I wasn’t. I was able to put it down for chunks of time before picking it back up again. There was just something about it that didn’t hold my attention 100% and I think it might have had to do with just how familiar with the story I was. Although I will say that this is a classic that is worth reading. J.M. Barry was a good writer and I loved the story that he spun. This is a wonderful story for younger readers and I hope to introduce it to my niece when she’s a little older. I’ll also be curious to see how Jodi Lynn Anderson portrays this familiar story and hope to read her book soon. Have you read Tiger Lily? If so, what did you think?

3 Responses to “Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie”

  1. Sarah Reads Too Much

    I’ve debated putting this on my Classics Club list for exactly the reasons you’re talking about here. I would love to read the original story, but I know the film adaptations so well that it might not be enjoyable to read now.

  2. Vivien

    I haven’t read Tiger Lily or this yet. But I do have TL waiting for me to read. I’ll take the advice and read this first!