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{REVIEW} Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

by J.M. Barrie


Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pub Date: 1904
Publisher: HarperFestival
Length: 240 pages
Spoilers: N/A
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Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.

thoughtsPeter’s kind of Jerk
I mean, I kind of knew Peter was a jerk just because of how he’s portrayed in all the movies and because he’s a young boy. But in this version – the original – he truly is a total jerk. Not only that, but he’s really manipulative. Like, the way the story is told, Peter knows just what to say to get what he wants, which could be propped up to him being a child and reading into how people are reacting to him, but it also shows how selfish he is. He will do and say anything to get what he wants. As such, I can’t honestly like him.

Keep it PG
Peter Pan isn’t really a children’s story. There is plenty of violence and danger and some kidnapping (in a sense). Even so, the story remains relatively light-hearted. The scenes are written in a manner so as to clearly state what happens, but skips over all the grisly, dark, gory bits, which allows the story to still appeal to and be appropriate for children.

The Narrator
God! That narrator. -.- I really hated the narrator of the story, which was none of the characters. It is likely intended for the narrator to be the author himself, J.M. Barrie, and I absolutely hated his voice. It interjects all the time. It tangents and puts their own opinion on the story to the point where you are hearing the story through their voice and their perspective and their opinions, and it was absolutely, positively annoying!


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