First Lines: Peter Pan

One night, Peter Pan came and took Wendy and her brothers to the Neverland. There they had many grand adventures with Lost Boys, mermaids, redskins, a ticking crocodile and pirates, before safely returning home. If you know the Disney movie, you know what happens.

What you should of course realize is that J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan differs quite a bit from Disney’s sanitized version. All potential cause of tragedy is carefully omitted from the movie, while in the book the pirates massacre the indians, and Peter and the Lost Boys in turn kill off most of the pirates. The writing is so terrific, that I actually didn’t realize how dark it got every now and then. Quite recommended.

J.M. Barrie — Peter Pan
All children, except one, grow up.