Monday, January 30, 2012

Why Peter Pan is an awesome fairy tale.


I took this course because I have always been interested in the more gruesome details of original versions of fairy tales. Having read some of them on my own, such as the original The Little Mermaid, the original The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the original The Jungle Book, I thought this class would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about these and other original fairy tales. Some fairy tales that I actually did not like, or at least was apathetic towards at a child with the Disney versions I have found to be great as originals, while in other cases, the Disney version is just much better.
My favorite fairy tale is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. As a child I never really had any affinity for the Disney version of this fairy tale, and while the Disney version really changes very little of the story, upon reading the original I loved it. I particularly like the development of the character Captain Hook, who in the Disney version is a very one dimensional character who is just evil, but in the original is a very complex character who is not so much evil as he is sad. Another great aspects of Peter Pan include the fact that the villains are often more likeable than the ‘good guys’, like Hook’s underling Smee is described as irresistibly loveable, while Peter Pan’s underling Tinker Bell is described as stuck up and bothersome. This well developed villains is something found in very few fairy tales and really drew me in to this one.