im working on a story that retells 3 classic children's stories, and one of them is peter pan. i am wondering if i could have some advice on which of these options would be the best for making the usage of tiger lily not racist: 1 eliminating the native tribe entirely and not using her, 2 making them into aliens or amazons or some other fantasy element, or 3 eliminating the native tribe but making tiger lily a lost boy (other lost boys are female and poc as well, so it wouldn't be strange)
Retelling Tiger Lily
There’s option 4: picking a Tribe to research and represent and not being afraid to do it and do it right. I’ve never seen a modern-day adaptation of Peter Pan have the cojones to actually pick up Tiger Lily and do her justice and maintain that she is Indigenous.
Last year, Pan tried the route of making Tiger Lily & co. straight-up non-Native and a fantasy culture and in fact drew from Mongolian inspiration for elements like her headdress. This choice received boatloads of criticism for stripping away a Tiger Lily that could have been, including from Native American outlets such as Indian Country Today Media Network. Why not write the Tiger Lily that should have been? Neverland is described as a coastal/tropical area, with the pirates and the mermaids and so on, and there is a wealth of coastal Native cultures to pick from.
Request from @avengersrulez1536:
Hey I have come up with another idea- it’s a pan x reader where the reader is Tiger Lily and she was born on the island and now that pan is there they fight for the throne of neverland.
Note: Now I’m not sure how people would see Tiger-Lily as she hasn’t been introduced to the OUAT verse yet; however I know a few people that would see her just as dark and unforgiving as Peter but, unlike him, she truly cares for the girls under her protection - the ones that have found their way to the island. I hope you enjoy this and if you want her written differently for your request then please just let me know <3
Peter Pan x Tiger-Lily!Reader
Warnings: Well this is Peter and Tiger-Lily so I guess I should probably put violence here.
Disclaimer: None of the GIFs used are mine. All credit goes to their creators <3
Neverland had never been as glorious as it was during the days of
Tiger-Lily. You had been here for as long as the island itself had and over the
centuries that have passed whispers have travelled among the girls that ended
up on the island….whispers that would suggest that you weren’t born of man and
woman but of the very soils of Neverland. It has been so long and there have
been countless different stories of your origins fabricated that no one
actually knew the real truth and you weren’t one to speak of it to others
The girls that came
to your island had often lost their way in life or had wished to come here
because of the horrors they were experiencing and each one of them grew to
quickly admire you. You were connected to the island in a way that you could
control each and every plant that grew, use them for whatever advantage you
needed, but most important of all you could use your magic to provide healing
medicine and food for the ones who relied on you.
If you gave to the
island than the island would provide. There was only ever one rule for those
under your leadership too: You looked out for one another. No one here would be
out for themselves and if they proved to be selfish in their ways they would be
Life couldn’t have
been any simpler or any sweeter….