A Disappointment Masquerading as a Prequel Apr 6, 2009
I had highly anticipated reading Peter and the Starcatchers. After all, it's a prequel to my favourite book of all time! I was fairly pleased for the first two chapters of the book. Peter swaggered like Barrie's Peter Pan. But after those first two chapters, things went downhill. I don't even think that Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry read the original book, Peter Pan. It's like all they did was watch the Disney movie (which wouldn't surprise me, considering the book is put out by Disney). The story read like it was meant to be the screenplay of a movie. A movie whose humour relied on slapstick "comedy," no less. In "Starcatchers," Neverland has been relocated to an island in the South Seas (inhabited by Polynesians, not Redskins). Peter's character is far from Peter Pan's real character. Peter never even spent any time in Kensington Gardens with the fairies (as Peter Pan did in the original). There are countless other little blunders that make "Starcatchers" unenjoyable to a Barrie lover. And to any serious reader, "Starcatchers" is too immature to be a fun read. If you want to read a book about Peter Pan that's not by Barrie, read Peter Pan in Scarlet. Though it, too, has problems (mainly in plot), it is, at least, true to the original and has lovely writing to boot. Don't waste your time with "Peter and the Starcatchers."