Peter Pan

November 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm (book review, books, fun, library) (, , , )

My bookclub kids made me read Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It is a three book series that is a prequel to the original Peter Pan.  I whizzed through the series and decided I should really read the original.  Yes,  I only knew the Disney version.  If you know anything about the Disney version of any older story — you know that Peter Pan has been cleaned up and prettified.  Let me just say – a lot.  The first few paragraphs are odd.  As are other parts.  For now, I will leave you with the word that was used to describe Tinkerbelle:embonpoint.

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3 Comments

  1. The Never Fairy said,

    You will find that the Barry/Pearson novels COMPLETELY contradict Barrie’s original stories. A LOT.
    There is only one addition to Peter Pan that is faithful,,,
    check it out:
    http://www.peterpansneverworld.com/

    BELIEVE!

  2. egb63 said,

    Interesting. I have noticed some contradictions, but nothing terribly disturbing. The biggest difference is the tone. I’m not really sure if you can write and sell anything with that tone today.

    Have you read the official follow up, Peter Pan in Sacrlet?

  3. The Never Fairy said,

    Take a look at this for all the contradictions to Barrie:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Starcatchers#Differences_from_the_works_of_Barrie

    And yes, “Peter Pan in Scarlet” has MAJOR discrepencies, too. Imagine that. An “official” sequel that’s WRONG. You’d think she would have cared about the original book?

    The link I gave before is the ONLY one that’s faithful to Barrie.

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