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Patty Pan and Walter Released

Patty Pan and Walter Released

It’s been exciting getting feedback about A Christmas Carol, and now I’m looking forward to hearing what people think about Patty Pan and Walter, a transconceived edition of Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie.

I decided to tackle this book because it has had such a strong cultural impact. The image of Peter Pan’s eternal childhood as an irresponsible little boy is so clearly contrasted with the youthful responsibility and sense of order that Wendy brings. It’s what’s expected of them because of their genders.

See how the story adapts, as a responsible young boy takes care of a tribe of unruly young girls as they fight pirates, fly with faeries, and learn the importance of having a nurturing father figure in their lives. It’s so much fun enjoying the intricate little twists and tangles in the writing, and it works well regardless of the genders of the characters.

Please let me know what you think of Patty Pan and Walter!–