And we’re back with a third-quarter update for this month’s readalong of The Wendy! How has the book been for you all so far? I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. With the end of April coming nearer and nearer it won’t be long before this book comes to an end as well, at least if you’ve been following the timeline (though again, there’s no rush!).
If you’ve not signed up for the April Readalong yet and would like to, you can find all the information for that process on the signups page. You’ve still got until the end of the month to sign up and just two days to do so (and start the book) in order to be eligible for the three extra entries in the giveaway, which is ending soon so definitely check that out! Also, don’t forget you can submit your reviews for The Wendy via the link on the Monthly Readalong Page in order to have them featured here on my blog.
How are you enjoying the book so far? Any favorite characters? What do you think of them versus their J.M. Barrie counterparts? Be sure to let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@SPasciuti_ or #RFReadalong)! Best to tag me, though. I’ve realized I’m terrible at Twitter.
Regarding the book (so spoilers!);
I will forever be in love with the way Erin and Steven incorporated kisses into this novel. Peter’s utter lack of understanding about what a kiss is and Tinkerbell’s involvement in that understanding amused me thoroughly. And it was also just so fitting in a great many ways. The lost boys are quite adorable, of course, and I was especially amused by the twins. Poor Curly gives me a great many feels, taking the blame for everything–which, if you paid close attention to that little tidbit, would leave you realizing that he might not have been the one to kill Reginald way back in quarter one but rather took the blame for it anyway.
So, the ship flies and Peter exaggerates enormously on the number of flying ships that he does have. I can’t say I’d have expected anything less from the boy that I’m still ever so fond of. Now, this is a real deviation from the original that I could’ve ended up hating immensely. After all, it was Wendy originally who gave Peter the thimble-kiss. But, considering how brilliant and creative it was, I wasn’t upset in the slightest.
And it’s interesting because naturally readers have a rather strong connection with certain source materials and there are just things that we wouldn’t want to be changed in a retelling, but if the change is done in the right way–a clever, enticing, and emotional one–we can let go of our strong preference for the events of the original and love the change even more. And this is how I feel about the kiss.
How do you feel about the kiss? What are your thoughts on this portion of the book? We’ve only got 1/4 of the book left and the next week to finish reading before the end of the month! What do you think is going to happen? Are you excited for the ending? Sad to see it coming to a close? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!