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General topic / Children Still Love Peter Pan!
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:06:33 PM »
I have a grandson who just recently turned four years old.  He, like most children in the USA is a big fan of Disney movies and cartoons.  His parents bought a few movies for him just in the last two weeks, one of them being the Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan.  For his third birthday, my husband and I bought him two ships, The Jolly Roger, and a ship named "Bucky" from the Disney cartoon "Jake and the Neverland Pirates".  He also recently picked out for himself a toy, and chose a sword so he could play "Captain Hook". :)  Though it seems I am rattling on and on, my point is this...children STILL love Peter Pan!  I sometimes sit and think about the fact that all of his fun, and his wonderful play time stems from the imagination of Mr. Barrie so many years ago!  How wonderful that is!  I think Mr. Barrie would be very proud that he is still bringing happiness to children everywhere... and even more proud that he is still fueling their imaginations!
General topic / Re: Hello!
« on: November 10, 2011, 07:06:15 PM »
Finding Neverland also got me interested in this wonderful story.  I realize it had lots of things left out for dramatic effect, and I'm sure a great deal added also, but it opened my eyes and heart to Mr. Barrie and this family, and for that I am greatful. I'll never forget going to Google on my computer and typing Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and seeing her beautiful face for the first time...and after that I was lost.  I just couldn't get enough, and imagine my delight when I found this site. 
Peter Pan / Re: Inspired by Peter Pan
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:27:18 PM »
My daughter and I were shopping in the mall a few weeks ago, and we happened to go into the Disney Store.  I looked around a bit and soon noticed Tinker Bell was everywhere.  Peter Pan was sitting above my head, and several other characters from the story were around.  How amazing. All of this exists because JM Barrie had such a wonderful imagination so many years ago. Inspired by Peter Pan...
Peter Pan / Re: What is Neverland?
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:20:39 PM »
I wonder if Neverland can really be a fantasy world of children when such awful things also happend there, like people dying. Death is reality.  To me Neverland is the world I occupied when I was a child at my home, I always knew Mom and Dad would take care of everything, and had not one care in the world.  Everyone I loved was still alive, and in fact in the house with me. Literally my whole world existed in that little house and that yard, and I've never been so happy.  I don't think any of us will ever feel that way again after we are adults until we get to Heaven. May seem simple, but those are my thoughts.
JMBarrie / Re: NEVERLAND by Piers Dudgeon
« on: June 25, 2010, 04:31:17 PM »
How can anyone believe such nonsense? Mr. Barrie was clearly a very loving man.  No one would have cared for the Llewelyn Davies boys and given them all that he gave who wasn't caring and devoted to both them and their parents.  No one will ever make me believe he was anything but a devoted "father" to those children.  He gave them everything their parents would have given if they had lived, including an education.  Some people will say anything to sell a book!!
General topic / Peter and Wendy
« on: June 15, 2010, 05:50:18 PM »
I have just recently finished reading Peter and Wendy for the first time, and I loved it.  There are so many times he uses references to the Llewelyn Davies family, of course no one would realize it that didn't know their history.  It's fascinating, and a little scary.  I thought it a little too scary at times for children to read. But, knowing what we know  about the wonderful Mr. Barrie, it was such a treat!  I just can't seem to get enough, and my family thinks I'm nuts!! Only those of us who know how sad and wonderful this story is could understand.
JMBarrie / Re: Courage
« on: June 15, 2010, 05:43:47 PM »
Thanks GOSHCC, I really enjoyed watching this.  I never cease to be fascinated by Mr. Barrie and all things about him.   Loved it!
Davies Family / Re: Peter and Michael's Dreams
« on: April 03, 2010, 02:05:56 PM »
I don't know how on earth I missed that in your book, as many times as I have read and re-read!! The thing is, this is my first time actually reading Peter and Wendy, and that just stood out to me, along with many, many other things! Ever since I read about Michael's nightmares, it has tugged at my heart strings.  There is nothing sadder than a child who battles things such as that. Except maybe a child or children who lose their parents as these did.  Well,  there goes my heart again....
Davies Family / Peter and Michael's Dreams
« on: March 28, 2010, 02:33:44 AM »
When reading Peter and Wendy, during the part where Peter was sleeping and Hook was contemplating putting poison in his medicine, did anyone notice the resembelence in the description of Peter's dreams and Michael's nightmares?  I found that pretty interesting.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter and Wendy
« on: March 04, 2010, 03:36:41 PM »
Another thing that stands out to me in Peter and Wendy is Peter's high opinion of himself.  He knows he is the brightest and the best, thus everyone around him thinks so too.  That is a characteristic that is usually instilled by.....mothers.  I have one daughter, and have always taught her she is not any better than anyone, but is as good as everyone.  I am a firm believer that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world".  We can make or break our children.  Mr. Barrie being the biggest influence in the Davies brothers lives after the death of their parents, I think he really tried his best.  He certainly gave Peter Pan an ego boost, and it would have been wonderful if the brothers could have believed in themselves as Peter Pan did.  George and Nico probably did, but Peter, Michael, and Jack not so much.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter and Wendy
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:55:59 PM »
This is one way to tell true genius, the way we wonder about what he has written. When an author can get people thinking, it's always an accomplishment.  The novel is a treasure.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter and Wendy
« on: March 01, 2010, 02:40:53 AM »
It seemed to me that the island had a mind of it's own.  Maybe some force holding them back.  Mr. Barrie was very vague about it, probably on purpose so people like you and I would ponder on it. He called it hostile forces, and they said sometimes they would hang in the air until Peter would "beat it with his fists" before they could move any further...interesting. Makes me wonder, in the mind of Mr. Barrie, who was Peter Pan??
Peter Pan / Peter and Wendy
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:02:57 AM »
Having recently been reading Peter and Wendy for the first time, several things have come to light.  First of all, this book is not for children! All the talk about killing pirates,  and the image of Mr. & Mrs. Darling seeing four figures flying about in the children's room...this is a little too scary I think.  And Tootles shooting Wendy with an arrow...even though she was protected by Peter's "kiss".  Another thing I find interesting is you must always read carefully if you want to be sure what you are reading is real or imaginary. All in all, it's wonderful!! Mr. Barrie was so very talented, and so far ahead of his time. It's no wonder he was so respected and known as a genius.  Can't wait to read tonight to see what happens Neverland.
General topic / Re: Finding Neverland
« on: February 19, 2010, 05:40:09 PM »
I don't personally feel cruelty was part of Mr. Barrie's character either.  Like you say, maybe a little selfish at times and a little unfeeling where Mary was concerned, but not cruel.  I think he had a heart of gold.
General topic / Re: Finding Neverland
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:56:57 PM »
I can tell you hated the movie, but I think Johnny Depp simply played Mr. Barrie the way he was written in the screenplay. I never thought about the cruelty you speak of or the very complex personality he had, I was just fascinated by the storyline as I was unaware at the time of all the other parts of the story. Since reading Andrew's wonderful book, and watching TLB mini series several times, I can see the story was very, very incomplete.  But, at the same time, it sparked my interest and for that I am thankful.  I have learned so much since digging a little deeper. 
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