Calling the books written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson “backstory” may not be entirely accurate considering the occasional contradictions with the original works by J. M. Barrie, but it’s probably the closest you’ll get to a general description of these prequels.
There are currently four books with a fifth in progress:
- Peter and the Starcatchers
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves
- Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
- Peter and the Sword of Mercy
- The Bridge to Neverland (working title)
I’m going to review these books as a group because I’m lazy (ie: rushed) like that! :-p
Also, I think I’m just going to list some of the interesting parts from the books…
- For starters, there’s no such thing as “pixie dust;” it’s called “startstuff” and it falls from the sky.
- Tinkerbell was originally a bird transformed by the starstuff.
- We originally have no idea what Peter’s last name is.
- Molly is Wendy’s mother and we get to meet a younger version of George Darling in these books. You know, before he becomes the blustering father we all met in the Disney movie.
- Captain Hook starts out being called Black Stache and the hook-hand gets mixed up in the prequels. (original: right, prequels: left)
- Mister Grin is hungry for some Hook!
- Lord Ombra is truly creepy…
- A man gets eaten by a really big snake and it made me laugh.
- Lord Aster is a Starcatcher. His wife and daughter are also Starcatchers.
- Starcatching is serious business. O_o
- Peter’s father was important in the Starcatcher society although he doesn’t find out until later.
- Peter would not exist if his father had followed the rules.
- Peter is capable of being near very large quantities of unprotected starstuff without dieing. He is changed, but not killed the way normal people would be.
- The authors toss in interesting pieces of history randomly.
- The mermaids started out as fish and are quite vicious when the mood strikes them. Or when Peter asks them to do something.
These books were fantastic. I wish I could do a better job of comparing them to the original stories, but it’s been ages since I’ve read them and I tend to mix in the Disney movie even when I actively try not to.
These books are written for children, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. If you like fantasy or would just like more Peter Pan stories, then give them a try. It’s worth it. :-)
Quick note: This was another post that I typed and scheduled while extremely rushed. I still have a few more like this coming, but once I’m done I’ll try to stay caught up! Next on my reading list, though, is the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and I’m going to start them before all the scheduled posts are posted. :-p I can’t wait to read them!