Wednesday 22 November 2017

PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I decided to read this book because although I've grown up reading/watching stories featuring Peter Pan, I'd never actually read the original.

So I picked up a free copy for my Kindle yesterday and got stuck into it.

We all know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. We know about Neverland and Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys and Hook, etc. But, did we know that Peter is a cocky jerk? Did we know that Tinker Bell is an evil shit? What about that Wendy appears like a smart girl but lets this asshole kid boss her around and treat her like crap? Maybe. Maybe not. The thing is that Peter is a disgusting turd. I had zero sympathy for this manipulative egomaniac. He's obnoxious, a user, a poser, a liar, and just such a JERK!

Ugh. He sucks. All he cares about is himself. He talks about himself like he's the best thing ever. Ugh again.

Still, it wasn't all bad. I actually (kinda) enjoyed some very cool things about this story:

· whimsical storytelling.
· the shadow thing.
· mothers sorting through their children's daily thoughts while they sleep.
· a dog nanny.
· the stars and moon watching over everyone.
· some very cool imagery.
· that kids are portrayed as 'innocent and heartless'. (I kid you not!)
· the ticking crocodile.
· Hook.

These things are what kept me reading. They're the reason I got swept away. They were very cool elements and the way the story was told was addictive.

BUT! There were some really weak things that totally pissed me off:

· Peter Pan, the asshole.
· stealing a child under the guise of being interested in her only to turn her into the mother of a bunch of kids. (I mean, seriously, WT actual F?)
· Tinker Bell, the asshole.
· the redskin thing. *shudders*
· the way girls are portrayed.
· the obvious hatred of mothers. O_o
· Mr. Darling is such a crybaby!
· the weak way the action scenes were written.

Yeah.

This is a story that I both loved and hated at the same time. The good things were SO GOOD. The bad things were SO BAD. And the ending was annoying as hell. I think the first half of the book was a lot more magical than the last half, and that was disappointing.

Still, I'm glad I finally read it. :)

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