“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
I’ve been a long-time lover of the story of Peter Pan. Every year when I was little, for World Book Day, I would dress up as Peter Pan and wish so hard that I could fly and live in an underground tree house. And yet, I’d never actually read the full J.M. Barrie novel. I’m quite ashamed, I admit it.
Well, it’s safe to say I’m glad I finally have. It was stunning. It filled me up with childish glee and I was transported to mermaid lagoon to be with my friends. I adored the way J.M. Barrie would add little personal touches to the story, a style that I wish to replicate in the book I’m writing for my little niece.
The starkest thing I realised was that, actually, Peter Pan is a bit of a meany. I don’t think this is a secret to most people who know the story, but I clearly had rose-tinted glasses on from my childhood. Even so, the story will live inside me still and I will be forever grateful to Mr Barrie for bringing this story to life.
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