I love fairy tales, so I wanted to love Tiger Lily. While I did enjoy the novel, the beginning was so slow that it was actually boring. The story is told from Tinker Bell’s perspective, so I expected to be entertained the entire time, but I actually think that this is why I was bored until Peter Pan enters the story.
Tinker Bell is fascinated by Tiger Lily and follows her around everywhere, telling the reader about her actions and providing insights into her thoughts. Even though Tiger Lily is a pretty feisty character, we don’t really feel much of her personality. If we were able to read from her perspective, I think it would have been much more exciting because we probably would have seen a lot more emotion. Despite Tinker Bell’s boring narration, however, she does allow us to see the story from several different perspectives, so we do get a better understanding of Smee, Peter Pan, and Hook by the end of the novel.
Once Peter Pan enters the story, everything picks up and we see a nice romance start to develop. More importantly than the love story, however, it actually gets exciting! We get to meet the Lost Boys, we see why Peter Pan is the way he is, and we start to go on adventures. Peter Pan breathes life into the story that was not there before, and I can’t help but wish he had entered the story sooner! My favorite part of the novel was reading Anderson’s perspective of why certain things happened in the Disney version of Peter Pan that I am familiar with—particularly why Tinker Bell hated Wendy so much!
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