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Enid Blyton

Discussion in 'Book club' started by LossieLaxton, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. LossieLaxton

    LossieLaxton New commenter

    Anyone else have fond memories of Dear Enid?

    I hate some of the "modernisations" of Blyton. The Adventurous Four is my favourite, dammit, and the girls in it are named Jill and Mary, NOT Pippa and Zoe!
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  2. Aww yes was an avid reader- so wanted to go to boarding school lol
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  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Loved the Famous Five, but disliked the Secret Seven.

    I wanted to be Julian . . .

    Best wishes


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  4. wiemaranerlover

    wiemaranerlover New commenter

    Loved everything Enid Blyton. Read the 'new' Malory Towers a couple of years ago, and enjoyed them too.
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  5. wiemaranerlover

    wiemaranerlover New commenter

    Just found that there are six 'new' Malory Towers - I've only read two of them!
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  6. I loved Enid Blyton when I was growing up, but wasn't aware they had modernized any. Not sure how I feel about that! Are they any good?

    The Famous Five were my favourites... Loved the sound of "lashings" of ginger beer!
  7. artemisorthia

    artemisorthia New commenter

    Also remember very much enjoying the 'Adventure' series - Castle of Adventure, Valley of Adventure etc
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  8. I loved them all too. Read 'Faraway Tree' to my Y3 class, but names changed. Beth and Frannie now, not Bess and Fanny. I wonder why?????!
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  9. grrmummy

    grrmummy New commenter

    I loved the Famous Five - I was so envious of George living by the sea and owning an island! Enid Blyton was responsible for getting me reading.. I used to save up my pennies and buy a book as often as I could from our local bookshop. I remember the shop assistant saying how unusual it was to see a child buying books for themselves. My older sisters and brother were dismissive of her books and spent their money on comics/magazines such as Bunty and the Beano but I really loved getting lost in the books.

    I think it's a shame they have been updated to the degree they have. I know they were not PC and that times change but is it really necessary to change the names of the characters? I mean can you imagine the furore if publishers/film makers changed the names of Austin or Bronte characters just because the names may appear a bit dated?
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  10. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    The Famous Five were a definite favourite !
  11. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Loved her books. My favourite story was about a table that had lion paws on the legs and if you pressed something on the edge of the table, it came to life. Can't remember what it was called-anyone else remember/ The Famous Five kept me quiet for hours.
  12. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Am I the only one who used to take issue with the fact that while the Famous Five stocked up on food (usually apples, sandwiches made by the Cook, a pie or two, cake and ginger pop), and a few spare jumpers when they were going to stay for a week on Kirrin Island, they never ever took a shovel or any toilet roll?
  13. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I loved Enid Blyton books, mainly F5 and S7 and for some reason never got into Mallory Towers.

    On more than one occasion my parents were told by my teachers that I should be moving on to something else but I don't think it did me any harm. I moved on when i was ready.
  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    They were a significant part of developing my reading and love of narrative.

    When I re-read them with my daughter, the much quoted short-comings were rather more obvious than when I was 8. Nevertheless, dated as they were, they still grabbed her imagination.
  15. LossieLaxton

    LossieLaxton New commenter

    I'm still wondering why Jill and Mary had to be changed. I know that there are not many Jills anymore, but Mary will never go out of fashion. It just won't.
  16. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I adored Malory Towers and would probably choose the plots and characters as my specialist subject on Mastermind. Not the later ones about Felicity, although they're okay, but the original six. I also enjoyed the St Clare books and Naughtiest Girl... School stories then!
  17. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    Mind you, I was a bit surprised when I read the new versions and it doesn't talk about boxing ears or slapping. It seems a shame that they can't be left as an example of what life was like. Thank goodness I have my original 1980s copies!
  18. LossieLaxton

    LossieLaxton New commenter

    The Bowdlerisers have removed a statement from the Famous Five where Anne says that boys cannot like pretty dresses and dolls for fear of upsetting trans and gender diverse children.
  19. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter

    The first book I ever read on my own (aged 7) was 5 go to smugglers top. What an adventure! I also loved the one where they borrowed a horse drawn caravan and discovered the circus. I often wondered why these things didn't happen to me...

    Think it's probably where my love of picnics comes from. Although my two have never discovered Enid Blyton (although they insisted I have the magic faraway tree after they read it in school / what nonsense!!) my blue child had a famous five party with lashings of ginger beer. His little sister was Tommy the dog. Tank tops all around! :)
  20. LossieLaxton

    LossieLaxton New commenter

    I loved Mr Galliano's Circus books that Blyton did.

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