Book Review: Peter & Wendy

I am so proud of myself! This is the first ‘classic’ book I have read (and finished) since my required reading in college about three years ago. I had been wanting to read Peter Pan (and Wendy)250px-PeterAndWendy since I was in high school. I’ve honestly had a fascination with Peter Pan since the live action movie came out in 2003 (I was 13 at the time). I loved the idea about this boy who refused to grow old and die. It’s amazing to me how close that movie was to the book, but also, how much they romanticized Peter in the movie that was aimed towards kids.

Romanticizing Peter

We all know that movies (especially Disney) changes the original drastically to make it more kid friendly, have you ever read the original Grimm fairy tales? People die in those, there is no ‘happily ever after’. Wendy and her brothers are living a decent life with their parents and then all of a sudden Peter shows up and whisks them away to Neverland (kidnapping?) where he puts them in more danger than they would have been at home. I admit, I had a huge crush on Peter Pan, forget all the fairy tale princes, give me Peter Pan! After reading the book through, I see that Peter actually has a ton of faults. He’s that cocky boyfriend you had in high school or college that acted like he didn’t need anyone.

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Gender Roles

Here’s what bothered me in the book… how all the Lost Boys assumed Wendy wanted to be their mother. At the time this book was first published, I know that was the norm. Little girls grew up watching their mother’s be housewives and stay at home mother’s, while the father was the bread winner. Wendy especially saw this and all she wanted to do was be someone’s mother. The problem was, Peter didn’t want to be the father like Wendy wanted him to be. Yet, Peter tells Wendy to come with him so she doesn’t have to worry about grown up things, but she does! She worries about caring for the Lost Boys!

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Movie VS Book

So which did I like better? The movie or the book? Of course I liked the movie better because the book gave off too much reality. Looking back, I wonder what made me possess such a crush on Peter Pan, hearing him say things like, “Oh, the cleverness of me.” should have been an eye opener on his cockiness and selfishness. The book was great though, if you haven’t read it and want to get into a classic, I totally recommend this one! If you have to read a book for an English paper or woman’s studies class, I think this one would be really good to check out. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. If you haven’t seen the movie from 2003, watch it! I personally have never seen the Disney animated version, so I can’t give you a comparison on that.

To Die/Live Would Be an Awfully Big Adventure

In the end, I feel sorry for Peter Pan. He’s spent his whole life thinking he wasn’t loved, so he tries to convince other boys that they weren’t loved either. He has this void in his life that he tries to fill with adventure and danger, instead of owning up to his issues and trying to solve his problems. He doesn’t get a happily ever after and I’m honestly not sure he deserved one either.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Let me know!

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***Announcement***

For the month of July, I’ll only be doing one post a week and it will be on Sundays. I’m really wanting to work on my novel and I do best during Camp Nanowrimo. For my weekly blog posts, you can expect an update on my novel, a normal discussion or possibly a book review if I find the time to read. My blog will just have to take a backseat for a few weeks while I work on my novel. I’m also traveling to Alaska for 8 days, but I’ll be sure to schedule two blog posts to go up while I’m gone! Please stick around and bare with me! Summer is a busy time! Thank you to all of my followers so far!

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