Peter Pan - 116

March 10th, 2013, 9:55 am

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TriaElf9,

March 10th, 2013, 9:59 am

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No Peter Pan versions (that I can remember, or that I have seen) ever have Peter forget who Wendy is (though the 2003 version had Peter forget who the brothers were, which was hilarious). In the book, Peter pretty much forgets everything that isn't in his face at that moment. It's not an admirable trait of his, which is probably why most of the adaptations avoid it, but it plays a huge role in the book, and I think it makes him a really fascinating, and sad, character.

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Silly Guest Name (Guest),

March 10th, 2013, 4:06 pm

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I suppose the easiest way to explain this is that he probably fears any kind of relationship. Think about it: All his fairy companions die after a year. The Lost Kids too eventually age up and leave (or worse). And he also believes his mother basically rejected him. He fears losing people he's close to, so he decides to never get close to anybody.

TriaElf9,

March 10th, 2013, 6:49 pm

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@Silly Guest Name: I was thinking about that too, though it seems to go even rather than that. He forgets adventures he's had, or even makes up adventures he thinks he had. I think that's part of it, but it's also part of his eternal youth puzzle thing. I posted a quote today that's actually related to this, and it's from the right on Marooner's rock: “No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real difference between him and all the rest.”

MalikTous (Guest),

March 11th, 2013, 10:35 am

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Crossing a mirror line? Did that star have a blue caterpillar smoking a hookah orbitting it and signs saying 'Charles Dodgson was here!'

snow crystal,

March 11th, 2013, 3:04 pm

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Well we had that topic xD Jus so like Peter! And I think it's a very important part of his character, as well. That's how he can lead the lost boys, as well. Peter has a dangerous side to him, considering how he always takes care of the fact that they won't get too many... none of the films I have seen so far take up on that topic, but it is stated in the book.

TriaElf9,

March 11th, 2013, 5:32 pm

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@MalikTous: Ahah, not sure it went that far, but Peter does like to play with stars ^_^

TriaElf9,

March 11th, 2013, 5:33 pm

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@snow crystal: Oh, it's not that he keeps them from getting too many, it's that he "thins them out" when they get too old :P He can't be friends with any grown ups, no siree! :P

snow crystal,

March 14th, 2013, 1:44 pm

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@TriaElf9: Exactly that is the formulation that scares me so much. How exactly does he "thin them out"?!

TriaElf9,

March 14th, 2013, 6:28 pm

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@snow crystal: I KNOW, RIGHT?? 0_0

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