Review: Peter Pan

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Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Published: 1911
Page Count: 207
Rating: 2/5

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Peter Pan comes to the window of Wendy, John and Michael Darling’s nursery and they all fly to Neverland, which is where Peter Pan lives and never grows up. His enemy, Captain Hook, always seems to be a problem for Peter. But the three Darling children will see things they have never before seen.

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There’s really only one big reason that I didn’t like this and that was because of the writing. Obviously with it being published in 1911, it’s going to have an older writing style and that’s great. But this one didn’t work for me. Another thing… I grew up watching the Disney adaptation of Peter Pan which is great. I haven’t seen it since I was probably ten years old so I barely remember it. After reading this book I have realized that this story is weird. I don’t find it to be magical, I find it to be odd. I guess the story of a boy coming to your window and taking you to a faraway place doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe if Neverland was described and written better in the story, I would want to go there.

Tinkerbell is written as a snob who doesn’t like Wendy. I get the sense that she’s jealous that Peter has another female on Neverland with him and she doesn’t like that. Peter comes across as selfish and only cares about himself until Hook is involved. I wanted to see more of Hook but the chapters that were his were so confusing. And I think it’s because of the writing! I just couldn’t grasp it and in the end I think it’s what made the story unenjoyable to me.

I feel really bad for disliking this book so much since I remember loving the movie as a kid. I know it’s a well loved book as well and that I have the unpopular opinion.

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