Hello, I’m Lani Lenore, writer of dark fantasies and twisted fairy tales. This is my blog (first one ever, by the way, so I’m new at this) and now I’m going to tell you what I have set it up for.
Nevermor is a dark retelling of Peter Pan, but the characters have been renamed and they have been placed in a different, but similar, world. It is based on a fanfiction called Neverland: Forsaken Dreamscape, in which Wendy returns to a much darker version of Neverland and must discover what has happened to the once fantastic realm. The fanfiction did not follow all of the rules of the original book, so could not be a direct sequel, but did rely on the reader knowing at least the basis of the Peter Pan story to understand it.
This project is set with the intention of creating a full work that can stand alone without having to rely on the original Peter Pan stories as guidance, but still keeps very close to that old story we all know and love.
I began to form the idea for Neverland in 2002. I started writing it and posting on fanfiction.net, but eventually gave it up a year or so later, even though it was well-received by readers. I simply had lost faith in it. It sat that way for about 5 years. Then around 2008, a friend of mine begged me to finish it, and for her, I agreed to do this. I already knew what the plot was, and because my skill as a writer had grown, it didn’t take me long to get it done. I edited the first part and made it much better (in my opinion) and churned out the last half, which I consider to be the best part of the book. When I reposted it online, it became Neverland: Forsaken Dreamscape.
Some of you have probably heard me say this before, but I have always felt a little empty with this story, even though it’s one of my most popular. How could you not like something that you wrote? I’ve been asked this, and I think I finally know the answer. It’s because it wasn’t strictly my own.
I’ve written things based on (or inspired by) other works before – every writer has – but in the end, those still felt like something that I created. With Neverland, it still had so many strings attached to the original story of Peter Pan (movie and book and whatever I threw in there) that I couldn’t feel like mine stood alone. Because it doesn’t. You still need to consult those old characters, even though I changed them. I’m actually feeling pretty good about this project because of that. Now I can finally make it my own.
My first idea was to change up what I had, add some more to the beginning and throughout, but I didn’t get very far in doing that before I realized that I was still relying on that same Peter Pan backstory, and I couldn’t get away from it. I finally realized what I had to do was create my own backstory, which means another book – sort of a prequel to what you already know, but a retelling of Peter Pan so I don’t have to use the actual book to tell the first part of the story. There are a lot of good points to this.
1.) I can cover the holes where my story doesn’t exactly match up with the original.
2.) I can spend more time on the base conflict and focus more on the villain character that didn’t get much attention in my book.
3.) I can make more of my own rules and create reasons for every little detail.
4.) I can make the world grow to however I want it to be and change what I want without people going ‘in the original book, it was actually like this‘.
5.) I can possibly FINALLY fix the Wendy character so that I’ll actually be happy with her.
I’m sure there are more reasons, but these are enough good points to get me going.
It pretty much has to be a series now. No way around it.
Book 1: This book will be titled Nevermor (and will possibly have a subtitle as well but I haven’t picked one yet.) This will be a completely new work that documents the world and the first visit there, also introducing our heroes. For now, the main points I’m going to reveal to you is that, yes, the characters will be younger but they will not be children. And yes, this book will still be dark and violent like the other, and of course there will be our beloved love theme which should hopefully emphasize what happens in the second book. This is not going to simply be a complete retelling of the Peter Pan that you know piece by piece, even though some of the story elements and themes will be the same. Much of it should seem familiar to you, but that is how I intend for it to be. I want readers to love it because it reminds them so much of Peter Pan.
I haven’t made a layout for the whole thing yet, so this is all I can really say about the first book for now. Throughout this project, I will be posting news and tidbits about the storyline, characters and plot points, and possibly some excerpts as well.
Book 2: This will begin the story you once knew as Forsaken Dreamscape, and I’m planning on keeping that title for it. Now it will be Nevermor: Forsaken Dreamscape and will continue on in the same fashion, several years after Book 1 and will document the second return, which will still contain all the secrets and mysteries you loved about it before. I’m going to try to make the first one mesh as closely as possible without changing things in this book. Maybe a few details will change and I may rewrite some of it. Then, depending on the length, this book may be split into 2 volumes. Just depends. And of course, I plan on using different names. After the first book, I hope that won’t be an issue with you anymore, and you can love them like you always did.
Book 3: I’d like to round this out and make it a trilogy, though I’m not sure what form that will take right now. Could be Forsaken Dreamscape split into two, or I could chose to continue it on and write a completely new offering. I have had a few ideas on how to continue the story beyond Forsaken Dreamscape as well.
What I need from you
This project is for me( as they all are), but it’s also for you – fans of my writing and of this story in particular. I need to know that you’re behind me on this. So, I need you to follow this blog, and comment when you see the need to, and show me your support.
In the future – if this becomes a self-publishing project – I will also need your help to promote. It won’t take much effort on your part, but a little bit will go a long way. This means Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, posting it on your blogs and websites, word of mouth…anywhere you go online and anyone you know personally can be told about this book. That kind of thing is totally free, and it will make a world of difference in how this book gets noticed.
But that’s later. Still, it will be good to gain some interest in this project while it is only just a project. Then, when I can actually release the book, there will be people ready for it.
Anyway, I digress. For now, I need to see that you’re interested. I need to see you following me! I know this story can be great. If nothing else, follow me out of curiosity. :p