Enid Blyton for the 21st century? Why would you bother?
Posted by Lisa Hill on July 26, 2010
The SMH has an article – Mercy me! Blyton gets an update – about Hodder & Stoughton updating the language in Enid Blyton’s books to make them more palatable to contemporary children.
But why would you bother? Nostalgic adults, who ‘read the Blyton books and loved them’ in the 1950s when there wasn’t much else for children to read, are perpetuating the market, but from what I see in the school library, kids would much rather read Australian children’s fiction and contemporary authors – they like a bit of modern techonology in their adventure and mystery stories. In other words, they are just like adults who (apart from a minority who like the classics) are mostly not the least little bit interested in books from the past, especially not ones set in British boarding schools which have no relevance to Australian school life. (Even the Harry Potter books are starting to gather dust, now that the fuss has died down).
Our students like Tashi, Zac Power and the Keys to Rondo series. They like Deltora Quest, the Dragonkeeper series, the Saddle Club and If You’re Reading this, It’s Too Late.
Grandparents, I suppose, will go on buying the Blytons, and kids will dutifully read them, but really most of them would be much happier reading contemporary fiction…
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