Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Makeovers

This week in Honours class (Writing the Child), the topic of Enid Blyton 'updating' came up. Oddly enough, today in The Guardian, there's an article about just this, specially, 'Enid Blyton's Famous Five Get 21st Century Makeover'. Alison Flood notes: "The intention, said Hodder, is to make the text "timeless" rather than 21st century, with no modern slang – or references to mobile phones – introduced."

Of course, replacement terms like "traveller" and "bookworm" are still very 21st century and the original terms of "tinker" and "awfully swotter" are half the fun of reading Blyton.

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