Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Remembering the Boy Who Never Grew Up

Peter Pan made his debut on the television series  Once Upon a Time last year. The majority of the cast seemed to be stuck on Neverland and the action for the entire season seemed to be stuck there too. By the time they got rid of him, I was so sick of Peter Pan that I hoped to never hear of him again.

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That being said, I loved Peter Pan as a kid, and given enough space from the version created in recent TV culture, I am sure I will love it again. What is not to love? Being a kid forever, finding family with those around you, being able to fly! All great things. Add to them pirates and crocodiles,ships and islands, and you are sure to have a hit.

Inspired by the children of a friend, J. M. Barrie wrote the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in 1904. It was widely performed and introduced audiences to the name “Wendy” which was very uncommon at the time. It was developed into a novel in 1911.

He wrote several other books for children and adults, but none left the legacy of Peter Pan. It has been made into numerous movies and plays. Two movies were made about Mr. Barrie’s life – The Lost Boys (1978) and Finding Neverland (2004). There are sequels to Peter Pan such as Peter and Wendy, The Little White Bird, and Peter Pan in Kensington Garden, many of which are currently free for Kindle. 🙂

If you have days when you wish you didn’t have to grow up, where you wanted to run away from home and live with a wild band of kids for a bit, I urge you to pick up the original story again and read it.

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.

Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning!

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

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2 Comments

  1. I have always loved Peter Pan but I hate how he is reused over and over, although I do appreciate adaptations when done well. I bought the original last year and read it again. I don’t think people even remember how dark and eerie it was and the lessons it served to teach children or how magical the journey it could take you on. I have a unique adaptation idea for this story and was thinking of it today before I saw your post – how ironic.

    • Perhaps that is the universe’s way of telling you to pursue your story!! I find that in rereading many “children’s books,” they are much darker than pop media makes them now. For instance, Grimm brothers were, well, grim! Still love the dark side of the tales as much as the light.

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