This is a meme hosted by me every Friday.
My post today is about: Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J.M. Barrie
To me, Peter Pan has always been a fairytale-like story. Peter Pan is a boy who can fly and lives in a land - Neverland - where a child never grows up. One of his friends is a fairy, Tinkerbell. There are mermaids, too. The adventures involving Indians and pirates may not seem very fairytale-ish, but they can happen in a fairytale. After all, everything is possible in fairytales.
I've heard people complain about the moral message, or the lack thereof that this story conveys. After all, we can't avoid responsibilities in life (as Peter might show by not wanting to grow up), but to me the message has always been that we must never "kill" the child within us. When we grow up, we must keep a small part of us that was once a hopeful, innocent child who could believe without cynicism. Also, the story is pure delightful escapism and should be enjoyed as such.
My favourite part of the story has always been when Peter Pan saves the Indian Princess Tiger Lily at Mermaid's Lagoon and battles the pirates, including his nemesis Captain Hook. I must also confess that I have a soft spot for Peter and Wendy, the girl whom he takes into Neverland (along with her family) on an adventure. I liked to believe that they would both grow up, not only Wendy, and Peter would come to live in her world - if you know what this romantic girl means.
Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up is a play, but it can also be read in its novelized form - Peter and Wendy.