Ah, Peter Pan. I first fell in love with his story way back when the local TV station here was airing the anime series. Then came other adaptations, I fell in love even more. Because who doesn’t love Peter and the lost boys’ adventures. It’s full of good nature mischiefs. Pirates, fairies and even the crocodile? Yes, I loved those bits.
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.”
But this book is not about Peter Pan’s mischiefs. It’s about Tiger Lily. And she loved Peter Pan. And this got me so interested. ‘It’d be really nice to see the story in her perspective.’ ‘This is going to be interesting.’ Those were what came into my mind when I finally got my copy. But as I read the book all my expectations came crashing down. It wasn’t what I expected. For once, the book wasn’t told in Tiger Lily’s perspective but rather on the tiny fairy, Tinker Bell. But for most parts I was surprised and not necessarily in a good way.
Maybe because I didn’t like Tiger Lily to begin with. Or maybe Ms. Anderson take on her story was…really different. I loved Peter Pan because of his fun loving nature. But all the fun was sort of missing. Admittedly there were few instances that made me smile because I remember them in the story but most were quite hefty. This book was serious. It is the same story. But the atmosphere of this book was heavy and it sort of didn’t sit well with me. But one thing I find really interesting and strangely grateful is that I see the characters in a very different way now.
But I feel for Tiger Lily. I’m sad about what happened. I really liked the message of this book, if I got the message right. Life doesn’t guarantee your happy ending. It could be different but that doesn’t mean it’s not happy. Not everything is sunshine and rainbow. In some strange way, and even though she and Peter Pan obviously didn’t end up together. She got an ending that’s more fitting. For me, it’s a better ending…for both of them. I kinda like how it concluded.
There were a lot of lines particularly at the ending that I really liked. Here are some of them:
“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.”
“Sometimes love means not being able to bear seeing the one you love the way they are, when they’re not what you hoped for them.”
This one’s my favorite: (it’s from Peter)
“I like to think that nothing’s final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don’t, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I’ll see you sometime again, even if it’s not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the way things go after all—that all things end happy.”
Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. As much as other people did. I’m quite glad that I got the chance to read it. 😉 Want to see the different side of the story, I suggest you read this.