So far in this series, I've introduced you to Claire Baker and David Hunter. You've seen settings and costumes, even. Now, it's time for what we've all been waiting for: to meet Jake.
Without giving away all the good stuff, it's fair to say that Jake is one of the most loved and hated characters of the book - which is probably true of any Pan (except the portrayal in Once Upon a Time, because - other than the two episodes where he switched bodies with Henry - who could love that evil beastie.) Jake Holland is the boy we all want and can't have, even when he says we can. He drowns you in day dreams, makes you feel like you're the most important person in his world, but he's never really true yours. He comes to your bedroom window and invites you to play, but who's to say what's a game and what is reality?
A secret gem that some know about this book is that Jake Holland is named after one of my closest and long-time friends, the Real Jake. And that's all I'll say about that for now.
As it has it, the name Jake itself has some deeper meaning that tie back to the character, too. Jake is actually a medieval variant of Jack (rather than a short version of Jacob, as it's more commonly thought of). Jack means "independent man," and is a classic storybook name, which made it (along with it's more personal connection) a great fit for the other half of our Pan/Wendy blended character.
Holland was a bit more of a challenge. Of the main characters, Holland stands alone as it is location based, rather than occupation based. For me, it conjures up idyllic images of shires and old English countryside, which is perfect for its dreamlike quality, too.
Ultimately, Jake Holland has a sort of whimsical flair to it though meaning and inferences. And, there are some subtle differences between it and the names of the others, which is a good line in the sand for our Pan.
"Lost in Neverland, how does a girl choose between the Pan and the pirate?"
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