Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean

So, I'm sure that most of the people here are aware of the "authorized sequel" to Peter Pan. It all began when the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London called for, basically, a contest, and found Geraldine McCaughrean to write Peter Pan in Scarlet.

I admit that I ordered it and began to read it with great trepedition. I didn't see how it could possibly live up to J.M. Barrie's work. However, I was pleased to find it to be quite a lot of fun, in a very close approximation to Barrie's style.

It's a good story, but I'm not sure I care one way or the other about it being an "authorized sequel," as all the hype would have us believe is so important. I don't think that it's necessarily better than some of the other adaptations, prequels, and sequels that are out there by now.

Still, I think it's worth a read, if you like the Peter Pan mythology at all.


  1. I had been really put off by this novel. There are a bunch of mistakes (fact-checking kind) as compared to Barrie's original stories. If it's an "official" sequel, how can it be inconsistent? With some exceptions here and there, I thought the story quite silly [in the bad sense] and didn't really go anywhere.

    Have you read this one? It's based on Barrie's own idea for more: Click!
    And this is a great read, too... it's a "What if?" adventure which takes the characters on a very path: Click!


  2. I wasn't put off by this one. I found it to be consistent with Barrie's work and tone. That is to say: it's not that happy and it doesn't really go anywhere. I love Peter Pan, but it's not exactly an uplifting story in the end.

    Thanks for the recommendations. Neverworld is on my list, but I hadn't seen the other one before.

  3. But tone isn't being consistent enough, is it? She needs to not have fact-checking mistakes in it, such as the fact that one cannot fly without a shadow... if true, how did Peter Pan fly back for his in the first place? Peter went back to his mother's house twice, not once, as she says. Those are just a couple differences, and one is too many. I just think it's very disrespectful to not have cared enough to allow discrepencies with something that is supposed to be in direct line/extension of the original stories. As a writer doesn't it bother you? :)