First appearing in J.M. Barrie’s The Little White Bird, the boy who refused to grow up has gone through countless incarnations, from beloved book series (think Peter and the Starcatchers) to adaptations for the big screen (2003’s Peter Pan, anyone?). Fortunately, you won’t have to travel far to visit Neverland, thanks to this selection of new and forthcoming Peter Pan retellings. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Tinkerbell were caught in a love triangle between Peter and Wendy? Or if Peter were part of Chicago’s gritty underground? These twists and more will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about the classic tale.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Trying to flee from her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy in the middle of the road, a boy she thought only lived in her dreams.
This modern take on Peter Pan focuses on Native American Lily and English Wendy—stepsisters who must find their way back to the family they love. When their feuding parents plan to spend the summer apart, they don’t know what the future holds. Little do they know that a boy who calls himself Peter Pan has been watching, intending to take them to an island of Fairies and kidnapped children. The book received a starred review from PW.
On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy named Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful—so she agrees to join him for a night on the town. Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running through the city’s underground. She makes friends and enemies as Peter’s sinister secrets start coming to light.
Tink and Wendy
Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth about Wendy and Peter—and her own role in their fate—in this queer re-imagining of the classic tale.