Wendy (here_be_dragons) wrote,

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Book #7 - "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

Haven't been reading as much as I'd like to, lately, but this morning I finally finished my seventh book of the year . . . "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie.

I was familiar with the story (who isn't?), but had never actually read the book, which, now that I think about it, is rather strange, as I was named after Wendy. This is probably because I never really enjoyed the story much; I won't even watch the Disney version now because I find parts of it offensive. (I did enjoy the recent film, though). I've never been entirely happy with being named after Wendy, as I never liked her much in the Disney version with which I was familiar as a child.

As for the book, it was interesting, but I didn't really enjoy it. There are some fairly horrible things said and done, and it's all written in a flippant way that I found rather off-putting. I get the feeling that the author really doesn't like anyone . . . Peter is selfish and rather horrible; Tinker Bell is absolute wretch; Wendy is annoying, but mostly just because she is working very hard to conform to an ideal of "womanhood" which doesn't resonate for me (but was certainly the norm when the book was written). Mr. and Mrs. Darling are not treated well . . . I don't think there was a character in the entire book which was wholly likeable (although Mrs. Darling came close). And I can only guess that this is because Mr. Barrie wasn't really fond of any of them himself.

Of course, it's fantasy, and I'm not sure if we're supposed to understand that this was all out of Wendy's imagination, or to take it literally. But either way, I didn't really enjoy it. I'm glad I read it, for curiosity's sake and because I do have a connection with the story because of my name. And after reading it, I like Wendy somewhat better than I did after watching the Disney (but still not enough to appreciate being named for her). ::grin:: I imagine I'll read it again sometime - to my son, when he's a bit older. But, considering that this is a story that most people seem to find very "charming," I didn't find the book charming at all. (Part of PC)

(X-posted to here_be_dragons and 50bookchallenge)
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