I loved this book when I was reading it and I loved the play when I was watching it. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time. It's no wonder Peter and the Starcatcher has won Tonys.
My first cred has got to go to the set people. It can't be easy turning a small stage into large ships and islands, but Starcatcher did it beautifully. I think my favorite moment was when they used ropes as stairs.
My second cred goes to the writer in turning a 451 page paperback middle grade book into a two and a half hour theater production. The book definitely had plenty of material to work with and the show pretty much stayed true to the story, with the exception of naming Peter "Boy". This is more towards the Disney version when Wendy calls Peter "Boy" in the nursery. In the book, Peter is actually named Peter with no last name, but in the show, he is called Boy until Molly helps him come up with a real name to call him by. A minor change that didn't effect my loving of it. Peter is also the leader of the group in the book always taking command and making himself older than the oldest boy in the orphanage. In the show, they portrayed Peter as more of a loner, a quiet type until he meets Molly. I'm okay with that too.
When I watch any kind of book adaption (TV, Movies, Theater), I always look for the core values of the book. If the basic principle, what makes the book good and likable by it's readers are still there, then I'm generally happy with it. I also base it on my personal feelings toward the story. If the book made me feel like a kid again, then I want the adaptation to make me feel the same way. As for Peter and the Starcatcher, it made me never want to grow up, both book and show.
In all honesty, we reviewed this book 2 weeks ago. I know, I was supposed to post our review sooner, but I'm finding it harder to write these days. I'm no longer training it to work and it's kind of hard to do any writing while driving. But enough excuses, here's our review.
We were split down the middle on this one: two of us loved the book while the other two liked the book but had some concerns with it. First of all, we all loved the writing of it. We thought it was well written and considering the story line, we also thought it was handled tastefully.
Once concern we had was the ending. We found it hard to believe that Deanna would be able to get away with kissing her best friend's boyfriend without some kind of reprimand. It was almost like "new school year, new start." kind of mentality when really we felt something should have happened in that regard.
We did like some of the realistic approaches Zarr took, like Deanna falling into her old traps again when it came to Tommy. Sometimes old habits do die hard and lord knows we are not perfect. I think it's definitely one thing we all liked about the book, the honesty of it.
For our next meeting, we are reviewing Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I just picked up my copy yesterday. This time, I will try my damnedest to keep you posted.
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