Adaptation #139: Peter Pan, #NotAllChildren


Everyone gathers again for more Peter Pan discussion, this time on the novel by JM Barrie and all the ways it’s been adapted on stage and screen. The hosts talk about the kiss in the corner of mother’s mouth, heartless children and anti-monarchy pirates.

Check out our commentary on the 2003 film Peter Pan!

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For similar discussions, check out our episodes on Once Upon a Time, Paper Towns, Cinderella, and Into the Woods.


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Main Discussion

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

-play in 1904, novel in 1911

-Peter in Kensington Gardens (1906), but from 1902’s Little White Bird

-When Wendy Grew Up – An Afterthought added to play in 1908, added to novel in 1957

-the kiss that no one can get, pros/cons of growing up, women’s roles, “gay, innocent and heartless”

Written Adaptations:

-Peter Pan and the Only Children by Gilbert Adair

-Neverland by Toby Forward

-Wendy by Karen Wallace

-The Lost Girls by Laurie Fox

-Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

-Peter Pan in Scarlet by Gereldine McCaughrean

-The Child Thief by Gerald Brom

-Another Pan by Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri

Stage and Screen Adaptations:

-silent film (1924)

-Disney (1953), Return to Neverland (2002)

-Peter Pan (stage, 1954)

-Hook (1991)

-Peter Pan (2003)

-Neverland (2003)

-Neverland (2011)

-Peter Pan Live! (2014)

-Once Upon a Time

-The New Adventure of Peter and Wendy

Pan (2015)

-Written by Jason Fuchs

-Directed by Joe Wright

-Starring Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara

Next episode: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Previous episode: Commentary: Peter Pan (2003)

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