If Ever There Was A Time To Just Say No, Now Would Be It

March 15th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Don’t get us wrong: we have the greatest respect for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and believe those poor little kids get the short end of the stick when it comes to money from exploiting Peter Pan. We wish that weren’t the case, but they stand at the bottom of the financial totem pole (this may actually be an instance where an entity makes less than authors, but we cannot be sure).

However, Peter Pan does not need a sequel. There is no logical reason (except for financial) to take the story to the next step. In fact, imagining what happens next is part of the beauty of the story. Does Peter grow up? Does Wendy escape the bonds of feminine pigeonholing? Will Michael end up just like his father? The answers to these questions belong to the reader.

But noooo. Leaving well enough alone is not the modern way. There must be a sequel, and since J.M. Barrie isn’t around to have his arm twisted until he cries “uncle”, another writer was found. We are not commenting upon talent nor motivation. We merely want to suggest that there is no need for this work except money. And that makes the whole project feel contrived.

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