Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, right? I think my introduction to the story was the Disney version of the film. Originally, I was just going to write a post about my boys' love and interest for Peter Pan and Captain Hook, but then I thought it'd be an excellent tie-in into this month. Hurrah to both my gorgeous boys for inspiring this blog post.
My two boys are absolutely obsessed with pirates and Peter Pan and of swordfighting Captain Hook. We've gone through weeks where all the wanted to do was play pirates and watch Peter Pan films. We've watched the Disney film, we've watched Hook and the 2003 live-action film of Peter Pan. After each viewing, of course, the pirate mania just increases. But it is a pretty British story, so I thought it might be fun today to talk a little about it during my British author month.
Peter Pan (Disney) - This was my first introduction to Peter Pan, I'm sure of it. I absolutely adore Disney films, and I love this story. I thought this image, of Peter and Wendy and the others flying around London and in front of Big Ben particularly appropriate.
Hook - Hook was a firm favourite in our household growing up, I've seen it an endless number of times and still I do not grow tired of it. There's something about an old and overweight (and grumpy!) Peter Pan that makes me laugh. It had that added element of Peter growing up and having responsibilities that makes me a little sad, but also flying and sword-fighting and an amusing fight scene with Captain Hook.
Peter Pan (2003) - I've only watched this film a few times however. I think it's adorable and I couldn't take my eyes off of the boy they cast as Peter. Many years after this film was made, he will appear in one of my favourite TV programmes Friday Night Lights and it will take me absolutely AGES to figure it out.
My Eldest watched this film and was really taken with it. I remember walking in the hallway while E was in the room and he was sat on the sofa, whispering to himself 'I believe in fairies, I do, I do.' And it was the sweetest thing ever.
Finding Neverland - I really liked this film. I've only seen it the once, but I found it to be wonderfully interesting. It was nice to see a bit of background to an author and to the creation of a story that I didn't know very much at all about. Plus I do love a Johnny Depp film.
But of course, before all the films, Peter Pan was originally a play written by Scottish playwright and novelist, JM Barrie. After the success of the play, he expanded the story into a novel called Peter Pan and Wendy. The inspiration of the story stems back to a family of boys he met whilst at Kensington Gardens. JM Barrie later semi-adopted the boys after the death of their parents. I really loved that the copyright of the Peter Pan story was passed on to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
I hope to soon read the book to my boys at bedtime. And depending on how well that is recieved, we'll read the authorised sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean, which I read a few years back and remember enjoying.
We'll probably even go take a stroll through Kensington Gardens, see the statue, and continue swordfighting and pretend-battling Captain Hook. And believing in fairies, naturally.