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January 26, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes Alpha Q I definitely think you should visit the Enid Blyton Society. If you go on 'Author of Adventure' it has loads of awesome information about Enid and her books. Good luck with your project! (I love English class lol) : ) : ).
January 26, 2015 - Alpha Q says: Really big fan. Doing my English extended project on Enid. Look forward to learning more that I didn't know already! Any more information/interesting facts that you know would be appreciated and I could add to my presentation!
Buster says... Buster says: Good luck with your project. There is information about Enid on this site, and it's also worth a visit to the Enid Blyton Society site, where there is also information on Enid herself and her books. Enid Blyton Society
January 25, 2015 - Tinky says: No worries, we'd get bored if we never differed in opinions anyway : ).
Buster says... Buster says: We like to hear what others think of Enid's books, but remember these characters are Enid's fictitious characters, so it's always best to discuss them calmly.
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: Quite right Tinky : ) : ) I am sorry if anyone was offended by any of my earlier comments xx.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: You never will either Evie, boring Enid Blyton books aren't out there to be found : ) : ).
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: Of course Daisy I have NEVER read a boring Enid Blyton book haha : ) : ).
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: And I agree with you, Tinky, Kiki is awesome : ).
Buster says... Buster says: And fun to chase! Woof!
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: OK, I am very childish and I'm sorry. Fatty, I will not make Lucy-Ann fall overboard, I'm not that mean. But yes I would like to write a sequel to the Adventure series. I will maybe write a short one where they are all grown up and married, and no, I will not have Lucy-Ann end up with some loser. Don't worry : ) : ) haha Tinky yes I remember reading about Elizabeth Allen and thinking 'hmm, she's a bit like me' lol. But Julie, I agree with you that it's good the way Enid has created characters you either love or dislike. After all, if all the characters were likeable then it would be a bit boring and obviously characters someone likes someone else dislikes, which I think is interesting. For example, a lot of people dislike Dinah because of her violent temper but that is one of the main reasons I love her (Philip is the best though : ) ) Also I think Lucy-Ann is a likeable character, it's just in certain books I find her slightly irritating. I apologise for my very angry posts : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) xx.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nice of you to apologise, Evie. I hope you read lots of Enid's books and enjoy them in the way Enid intended them to be enjoyed.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: I guess you want a reaction then, Nigel.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: In contrast I simply adore Kiki! I think she's hilarious!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't think Nigel really meant it!
January 24, 2015 - Nigel says: Keep your hair on, Evie! You must remember that not all children are bad tempered and confidently headstrong as you appear to be! Enid liked to include children with differing personalities so that children could relate to them. Lucy-Ann, Bets, Anne (FF) are just three of the more timid type. Dinah is scared of anything that has more than four legs. It's no good getting in a strop when people have different views to you. Like Bill, Lucy-Ann is my favourite of the Mannering/Trent clan. I am more irritated by Dinah with her temper, assaults on Philip and her ridiculous strops when she sees a small animal. However, none of them is more irritating than Kiki. What a shame none of the many villains with guns managed to shoot her! ; -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Poor Kiki!
January 23, 2015 - Tinky says: That's a great comment Julie, just the fact that we either love or hate a character shows how real that character has come to be to us!
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: I don't know why some of you are getting so heated over a bunch of kids. Gah!
January 23, 2015 - Julie@owlsdene says: Just reading some of Evie's comments about a character in a book - Lucy Ann. I think it's a great success on Enid's part, that one can get so involved with the characters that so many of us have grown to either love or dislike. It also makes a story interesting if the characters are all different. Some characters like adventures, some don't. Some are timid, some are brave. It all makes the story worth while, don't you think? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: Agreed, Julie.
January 23, 2015 - Tinky says: Whoa whoa Evie : ) You remind me of Elizabeth Allen : ) I guess you ought to write a sequel to the adventure stories, no doubt it would be jolly good and you could use Dinah a lot.
Fatty says... Fatty says: She'd probably have poor Lucy-Ann falling overboard.
January 23, 2015 - Evie M says: First of all, anyone who compares Lucy-Ann's fears to Dinah's fears of animals is just desperately trying to find something that makes Dinah look like a scaredy-cat. Dinah had a PHOBIA, an irrational fear. Whereas Lucy-Ann just is not brave at all. She is always the one to say she is scared. Jack, Philip and Dinah were probably pretty terrified too in the Sea of Adventure but they did their best to keep safe, build a shelter and so on but at first Lucy just moaned and wept and worried. Can't she keep her feelings to herself like the others? I admire the fact that she did perk up and later and tried to help- but still. And when they were telling Bill they wanted to rescue him first one of them says 'even Lucy-Ann voted for that'. Why SHOULDN'T Lucy-An vote for that? Whenever they all do the same brave thing everyone makes out Lucy was the bravest because she's 'oh so little and young and brave'. GIVE ME A BREAK AND RECOGNISE THE BRAVERY OF THE OTHERS! I do have a temper and it is probably obvious when I am angry, I'm sorry I will calm down but while I love the other characters for some reason I have a strong dislike for Lucy-Ann. I can't help it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Evie, you are behaving more childish than Lucy-Ann ever did. Chill out and respect others' opinions.

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