Strangely enough, I have never read Peter Pan until now. Peter Pan has been a widely loved book for decades, and Disney has helped to immortalize the character in film throughout the years. It is lauded as one of the best books for children. Peter Pan was first published in 1911, and the original title was Peter Pan and Wendy. The main female character is named Wendy, and she plays an important part in the book, so the titled should have remained, Peter Pan and Wendy.
Peter Pan is a very fast read. I wish that I could say that I loved it, but I didn’t. As a matter of fact, I could not understand why masses of people thinks this book is great for children. Peter Pan is a very self absorbed boy, who has no respect for authority. With the help of Tinkerbell, Peter Pan encourages the three children of Mr & Mrs Darling to run away from their loving parents and nice comfortable home. Peter Pan also enjoys scaring other children and engaging in violence. Peter seems incapable of outwardly expressing love and caring for another person. He also blames adults for anything in life that goes wrong. Peter is simply self absorbed and doesn’t want to be told what to do, even if it is for his own good. He wants to do as he pleases, whenever he pleases.
Tinkerbell acts like a jealous ex-girlfriend throughout the entire book, and plots to murder Wendy. Additionally, the ease in which some of the other lost children are willing to commit acts of violence is disturbing.
Neverland is a place inhabited by pirates, and Indians who are described as stereo-typically savage. As I turned each page to read on, I was very surprised and disappointed in this book. I really wanted to love it, but I couldn’t even like it. There is no way I would read a book like this to a child. Peter Pan is a silly little boy who has painted all grown ups with the same broad brush. He encourages other children to disobey their parents and hurt them. Mr & Mrs darling were loving parents, and it hurt them that their children disappeared like that and weren’t seen again for a long time.
I had this book in my personal library for a very long time before I actually read it. When I finished reading it, I was so disturbed that I decided that I no longer wanted it to be a part of my library. It is now in my pile of books to donate.