Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NOT Taking a Number

Yes, I'm still thinking about and/or writing
Peter Pan: Betwixt-and-Between

I'm happy to say that I've just figured out how to handle a "sensitive" issue about Peter Pan's history. Not that it took any great amount of tinkering, not in the least. But it's also the simple answers that make this story (i.e. Peter Pan in general) great.

So you're not all wondering what I'm talking about... it's this:
How old is Peter Pan?

Aye, that's the rub, isn't it? There isn't a definitive answer per se, although there are a few schools of thought on it.

So the challenge had not only been how to make Peter Pan "grow up" (to the boy in the Neverland from an infant in Kensington Gardens) but at what age he ceased to continue aging. And not contradict Barrie in doing so...

I'll be recycling a line of Pan's from Barrie's Peter and Wendy and applying it elsewhere in a "new scene" of the past. It will be in conjunction, of course, with some other bits from Barrie as well as a peppering of some real world logistics/research.

So don't worry, Pan fans. I am not going to impose a specific number on him. It will retain the charmingly ambiguous answer style indigenous to Barrie's storytelling. So you'll all still be able to decide for yourselves about Peter's "age." (In terms of growth, of course... for Pan is actually EVER so "old" in terms of timeline of story!)

And no, the pipes are not any sort of hint. I just didn't know what picture to use.
However, they do factor in to Peter Pan: Betwixt-and-Between in a few instances.

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