Peter Pan was in fact the villain in the first draft of J.M. Barrie's play; Captain Hook was only introduced later as a theatrical device to help stagehands change scenery. The casting call describes him as "in his teens, and is a mischievous and devious Lost Boy".
Just so, what makes a story a fairy tale?
The Elements of a Fairy Tale. A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events.
Is Peter Pan a classic fairy tale?
To preface: No, Peter Pan is not officially a fairy tale. Also, this book has multiple references to fairy tales in it. Neverland: J.M. Barrie, The Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan by Piers Dudgeon is a fascinating read.
What are the characteristics of a fairy tale?
But there are common characteristics of fairy tales share to a certain extent:
- Set in the past.
- Use some form or variation of "Once upon a time"
- Fantasy or make-believe elements.
- Enchanted setting - can include forests, castles, water or kingdoms.
- Clearly defined good and evil characters.
- Magical elements.