Captain Hook, Peter PanRead about another entry on the list.
I’ve aged out of my maaaaajor crush on Peter Pan, moving onto the sad and sensitive Captain Hook. Not the ridiculous cartoon character, but book Hook, the one with the mysterious origins and the faded elegance, whose plot to kill the Lost Boys at one point involves baking a very heavy cake and tricking them into eating it (“They will find the cake and they will gobble it up, because, having no mother, they don’t know how dangerous ‘tis to eat rich damp cake”). What a hilariously mild murder plot! Don’t ask me why I find it so charming…there’s really no good answer.
Peter Pan is on Jill Hucklesby's top ten list of books about running away and John Mullan's list of ten of the best pirates in fiction.