Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Peter Pan * J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Come away! Come away! The darling children are all tucked up in there beds when Peter Pan bursts into their nursery. Peter and his mischievous fairy Tinkerbell entice Wendy and her brothers to fly away to a magical world called Neverland. There you can do all mystical and magical things, that no one would of every thought you could do.  

The Darling children we're not like most children, they had one bedtime story like any other, and what made it different was that they believed. Wendy was the eldest of all three children, there we're her brothers John and Micheal too. 

After Nana, the big St. Bernard dog had given them their medicine and tucked them all into bed, the children would dream of flying away to one place in the world that all children wish they could go. Neverland. Filled with sparkling fairies, beautiful mermaids in their colourful lagoons and we can't forgot about the dangerous and vicious pirates ever to have walked the earth. 

So when a young boy creeps in through the window one night in a quest to find his lost shadow, Wendy is awoken by the sounds of a distressed boy, crying. Soon she realises that this is Peter Pan from the bedtime stories and she immediately wakes her brothers to show them. 

After sewing Peter's shadow back on seeing as the soap he tried to use didn't work, all three children are swiftly taken to Neverland where there flying through the air by fairy dust, with the help of a stubborn little fairy known as Tinkerbell. Towards the second star on the right and straight on till morning. 

With living in a house underground, a little hutch made out of twigs, leaves, mud and wood. With mermaids swimming all over the blue lagoon, fierce native redskins and the pirates lurking about. Things aren't what they seem to the Darling children and they start to forget who they are, the longer they stay in Neverland. 

Getting rid of the dreaded captain Hook is one thing, his crew another. But when the Darling children, soon start to forget where there real home is, where they actually live and who there real mother and father are, things start to seem weird.  Though they battle on to help beloved Peter towards his great achievement of getting rid of Hook once and for all. 

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, is a childhood memory for a lot of children and adults alike. Though to compare the book to the actual Walt Disney adaptation and the films to follow, are nothing of the sort. 

I remember watching the film when I was younger and thinking what a magical place it would be to live! To see the mermaids and the pirates and most of all the fairies. I thought the same for the real life adaptation also, but after reading the book. Peter Pan in my mind has become a lot darker than what it appears to be with Disney. 

The films for me don't really fit to the book, though there is a Peter Pan in a TV show called Once Upon a Time. Peter Pan in that is what he is really like in the book, dark. Which after watching the programme I thought "God, they've made that awfully dark to what it really is" But alas! I was mistaken. 

A lot of people don't know that J.M Barrie based this book on someone in his family losing a child. Thus Peter is the lost child to Mrs.Darling who she longs to see again but never will, which is who the Kiss on the corner of her mouth is saved for. 

I think this is such a sad part towards the story as it is just about a mother longing to see her lost child again, and in some ways Peter Pan trying to see his siblings again, yet he doesn't really know it. He is forever trapped being a child who will never grow up, because that is how Mrs. Darling saw peter last, and how she will always see her little boy.

Same as Mr. Darling is actually Captain Hook, who in a way tries to get rid of Peter so they can move on with their lives as they should. Or so how I see it, they have quite a big resemblance. On the other hand, Hook despises Peter because he also in a way doesn't want to grow up himself, and is jealous that Peter doesn't have to and he can remain a boy for eternity. Though with Mr. Darling he See's his other children, and secretly doesn't want them to grow up because he wants them to stay his babies forever, just like Peter will.  

I do like the darker meaning behind Peter Pan, rather than just that he is the boy that will never grow up. Yet at the same time, find it really saddening and heartbreaking.  I liked that it was portrayed in a darker light, though I must admit it did sometimes bore me and I didn't get the same feeling reading it as I did watching the cartoon adaption years ago when I was younger. 

Still, it remains a big part of my life and childhood and some of the sayings in the book are just too beautiful to forget. 

"To die, would be an awfully big adventure" - Peter Pan. 

I will give this book 6 out of 10 

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