The REAL Peter Pan


#1

Anyone ever read the book Peter Pan, which the Disney movie is based on?

Waaaaaaaaaay different.

The movie doesn’t go far enough in showing how self-absorbed Peter was. He basically tricked/kidnapped the children to take them to Neverland.

The were no “catch and release” games between the Lost Boys and the Indians. They killed each other when they could.

When a Lost Boy grew too old, Peter “thinned them out,” meaning, I inferred, killed them himself.

Peter was such a self-absorbed, live-for-the-moment person that a year after Wendy visited Neverland, Peter could not ever remember Captain Hook (who he killed), nor Tinkerbell, who had saved his life (Fairies, they explain, live for a very short time.)

The book, compared to the movie was much more PG-13, and much more disturbing at the end.


#2

The Brother Grimes version of Cinderella is darker too.


#3

That sounds horrible, Cavey.
:sad:


#4

Well, yes, but you also have to remember that turn-of-the-century England was a much different place than 21st century America. It may seem “dark” - but it is a classic and should be respected as such. Barry also wrote it at a very difficult time in his life. I know we all love Disney - but we tend to only look at a “Disney” point-of-view. Without the original books, there would be fewer Disney movies (in their toned down version). Alice in Wonderland is a similar case. C.S. Lewis liked to “dabble” in drugs and apparently wrote most of it during a particularly interesting “trip”. No doubt that’s why it contains so many “interesting” characters.


#5

Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll. I don’t think C.S. Lewis took drugs.

You are correct and I agree with you about the importance of the original stories.

:flowers:


#6

I’m fascinated. I had no idea that Peter Pan had an original story, nor Alice…


#7

Yes, you are correct. I must check this cigarette I’m smoking :wink:


#8

They are fascinating stories and I would encourage you to read them…


#9

LOL :mickey:


#10

Almost every movie Disney made (I mean the old ones) come from books:

Pinnochio
Bambi
Cinderella
Snow White

They were all books or fairy tales.


#11

Did you guys see Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp?
It was all about J.M. Barry and him writing the play Peter Pan…it was a pretty depressing (yet good) movie…I have never read the real novel…but I can imagine it would be PRETTY dark…I’ll have to look into it…


#12

I never saw Finding Neverland!
I need to, cuz Johnny Depp = :heart:


#13

A few years ago I learned a very valuable lesson. Choose between the book or a movie but never both one is bound to disappoint you. Hence my trouble with Jurassic PArk. THe book was amazing! When I saw the movie in the theatre I was seriously disappointed by what was left out. The things left out can apparently be found in the sequels. I was bummed.


#14

That struck me as odd. Since I work in the back office of a library, and am responsible for verifying proper shipments (among my other dull duties), I come across a lot of stuff. About 3 weeks ago, we got a copy of this version of Cinderella. I sat down for a while and read it… woah. :huh: Very different.

Haven’t come across the original Peter Pan though…


#15

Oh goodness you MUST see it! It is amazingly well done and moving.
My mum and I were crying so hard at the end we had to sit in the theater for a moment :sad: but it is a wonderful story.


#16

Also the real Little Mermaid story!
She gets feet but can’t stop dancing or something like that, untill her feet bleed off or some horrible ending, I read it once but I think I blocked it from my memory because it is so horrible.


#17

OMG! Me too! I saw it all by myself to (the only movie I ever went to see by myself) and I cried there in the theatre alone! How pathetic. :glare:


#18

Erin - you HAVE to read Lewis Carrol’s The Adventure’s of Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass. It is considered a literary classic! :heart:


#19

It really is. Through the Looking Glass was our yearbook theme for my junior year. Our editor made it a requirement that we read the book for inspiration. That ended up being one of our best designs ever. :happy:

Tessa - I’ve heard about the real LM!! Never read it though. Someone told me it ended up being pretty graphic. :eek:


#20

now i’m curious to read this myself. that’ll be so weird. what about the live action Peter Pan movie that came out in, i think, 2003? is that movie like the book?