Is Neverland Real

Does Peter Pan really exist?

Is there any possibility of seeing Neverland (Netherland)?

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It would be nice if there were some place we could escape to and avoid all the stresses of grown-up life. I'm afraid we'll just have to keep hoping!

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You can see him on the ride at Disney... he and Wendy are flying all over the place.  (Smile).

Peter Pan exists in our imaginations and in the pages of a wonderfully written book which will forever be among the favorites of children and adults alike.  Isn't it great to meet characters like Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Bilbo Baggins, Earagon, and James (James and the Giant Peach) and have them unfold for you as you read?  It's intoxicating to be able to escape the regular world and launch oneself into a wonderful fiction world for a time.

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I suppose this question greatly depends on your definition of existence. If, for instance, we are speaking of existence in a strictly literary sense, then yes, Peter Pan really existed in the story itself.

If we are being more pragmatic, however, and asking if Pan existed in "real life," then no, he did not. H.M. Barrie's imagination was the primary dwelling place of Peter Pan and his related characters. The only real opportunity to see Neverland today exists at, you guessed it, Disney World.

All good literary characters are based upon sketches drawn from actual, living and breathing humans. Peter Pan and Wendy, John, Michael, and the lost boys are no different. However, Barrie's interpretation of these characters makes them completely fictional rather than biographical.

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