Yes! The Never Never Neverland from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie! It was definitely the place where I wanted to explore when I was young.

But where is Neverland? (Let’s pretend we believe it really exists)  That’s the answer I have always wanted to know, and I just find out that even the author himself didn’t know the exact location. In Barrie’s original tale, the name for the real world is the “Mainland”, which suggests Neverland is a small physical island offshore of Britain, and its tropical depiction suggests far offshore. It is reached by flight, and Peter gives its location as being ” second to the right, and straight on till morning”. In the novel, it is stated that Peter made up these directions to impress Wendy and that they found the island only because it was “out looking for them”. Barrie also writes that it is near the “stars of the milky way” and it is reached “always at the time of sunrise”, so it could be in the sky or in space.

Walt Disney’s 1953 version Peter Pan presents this possibility, adding “star” to Peter’s directions: “second star to the right, and straight on till morning” and from afar, these stars depict Neverland in the distance. The 2003 film version echoes this representation, as the Darling children are flown through the solar system to reach Neverland. And that is the modern vision of where this magical island locates.

On the island, besides the boys, there are pirates, mermaids, Native Americans, and different kinds of animals. Thinking about spending a great winter holiday there? Well, unless you are lucky enough to find a fairy, I would suggest you to become an astronaut, so you can fly through the solar system!




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