[Peter and Wendy, Peter Pan (2003)]
My son is fascinated by Peter Pan and we have seen Peter Pan by Australian director P. J. Hogan a thousand times. He hasn't read the original book by J.M. Barrie, only books by Disney. I love Finding Neverland, with Johnny Depp as Barrie and Kate Winslet as Ms Davies.
[James, Sylvia and the children, Finding Neverland (2004)]
Did Barrie invent the name Wendy? According to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (a hospital receiving the rights to the Peter Pan works): "He had known a little girl, Margaret Henley, who died at the age of six. She called him 'my friendy', which she lisped as 'fwendy' or 'wendy', and he named the heroine of his new play after her in honour of his little friend. Barrie did not entirely invent the name, but he popularised it."
I have recently started reading the original book by Scottish author James Matthew Barrie and it is really witty, but also darker than I thought. The story about a young boy who never grows old might have been inspired by James' life. When James was 6 years old, his older brother David died after a skating accident. His mother was devastated, and James tried to fill David's place.
The story by Barrie is melancholic. “It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly." It is also magical. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” And captivating. "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it."A great story written by a very talented writer.