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February 18, 2017: St Clare's - Favourite character
In the Enid Blyton's St. Clare's series, Claudine at St. Clare's is my favourite. The range of personalities depicted is vast, starting from the sensible O'Sullivan twins to the aristocratic and uppity Angela , the silly frivolous Alison , Pauline who tries to hide her poverty by pretending to be rich like Angela, and Eileen who is actually a sad person but lords it over the others by tale - telling in order to escape from her sad circumstances. Yet each have their good points like Eileen who shows great love for her brother and tries to shield him from their bossy mother, Alison also who is actually a kindhearted and sensitive girl. And Carlotta who is frank and fearless. Except for Angela , who is wholly selfish and proud like her mother, the other girls have a lot of good in them in spite of their weaknesses and failings. But Claudine surpasses all of them for she is funny, loyal, and sweet. This mix of girls in different situations and how they come out of it makes Claudine at St. Clare's a very interesting read and for me , the best among the St. Clare's series.—Avan Cooverji
Fatty says... Fatty says: As a British newspaper one said about itself, "All human life is here."
February 13, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Best books
Well there were so many, during the school holidays my sister and myself were usually first in the line for the library to open. We would discuss with others which were the best books to borrow. A girl behind me was returning The Secret Mountain, she said that it was very good. I waited for quite a long time before it was returned to the shelf and quickly grabbed it, a wise move. We were allowed 3 books each so my sister and myself would normally read them in the evening after a day of looking out for houses which could hide criminal gangs and kidnapped royalty, alas we never found any. Other great books were The Boy Next Door and The Rubadub Mystery. Happy days.—brendan fitzpatrick
Buster says... Buster says: Great choice with The Boy Next Door.
February 13, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
I am Indian. For seventy one years of my life, I lived in India. Now I have migrated to NewZealand since the last three years. I started reading Enid Blyton's books since I was eleven and I am still reading and enjoying them. I read only the Five Find Outers and the St. Clare and Malory Towers series as I find these interesting. I have also read the Famous Five but the books did not hold my interest. There seems to be a lot of discussion on whether the books are somewhat racist. I do not think so, though foreigners in her books are viewed with suspicion. But then it also exposes the acute class consciousness that is prevalent in the England of those days as when Ern , a friend of the Find Outers is asked to go to the kitchen for his meals and not eat with his friends at their table. What I feel is that the books are a product of her time, a period when people in England were not familiar with other cultures , so being different is the crux here. In the Mystery Of the Vanishing Prince, Indians are depicted as disliking having a bath but I assure you that Indians are very clean in their habits and very particular in keeping their houses spotless and tidy. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but mostly it is poverty and lack of facilities that unfortunately does not let people be as clean as they would want to. That can happen anywhere. So the matter here is that cultures are different, it was a different world then and now there is a more integrated society all over, so lots of misconceptions are cleared. All countries have their particular traits and concerns, some are more advanced, some more spiritual and so on but people and human nature is the same everywhere and tolerance , acceptance and good will should be the guiding light for all.—Avan N. Cooverji
Fatty says... Fatty says: An excellent post, Avan. Thanks for sharing your feelings.
February 6, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Other Authors
What about the Billy Bunter stories? Could Enid have been inspired by those? .—Paul
Fatty says... Fatty says: Who knows? Our brains are full of inspirations gathered over the years. Books centred around boarding schools were extremely popular at the time.
February 4, 2017: Adventure Series - Favourite Character
I like Jack and Kiki the best! Kiki is so funny and I like Jack because he is Kiki's owner. Kiki sounds very cute.—AishS
February 1, 2017: Malory Towers - Is there really a boarding school on the Cornwall coast?
I love the Malory Towers books, I wish there was school like it! Shame there isn't what fun to have a school like Malory Towers for real! I'm so going to start up a school like that on a cliff in Cornwall, and if I can't I will set up a school like St Clares.—Zoe
Buster says... Buster says: I hope you can get planning permission for it! Woof.
January 27, 2017: Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series - Famous Five vs Five Find-Outers-and Dog
The Five Find Outers and Dog is far better than the Famous Five. The characters are more realistic, funny and really clever. The stories hold your interest till the end, as after a while the Famous Five become dull and boring. Goon, Ern, Sid and Perce make it all so lively and entertaining and not so goody-goody as Julian and Anne who are a colourless personality. Of course Fatty is in a class by himself and even at the age of 74, I cannot stop reading these stories which I started to read when I was eleven.—Avan Cooverji
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased to hear you still enjoying these stories.
January 26, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - The Three Golliwogs
Enid would have eventually taken into consideration the feelings of little black children and their parents and ultimately agreed with the removal of the gollies and the word nigger. Yes, in the fifties, she denied the complaints of black civil rights groups that the gollies were based on a visual racial stereotype, but that was just Enid the brought up an Edwardian talking.—Paul
January 21, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - The Three Golliwogs
I am now 48 years old, I still have The Three Golliwogs book, the golliwogs were Golly, Woggie and Nigger. This book was read to me by my mother many times that I knew the stories by heart. I never considered it racist at all. As children, we do not think of such things unless it is made an issue. It is such a shame that things such as this are thought of in a bad light. We now focus so much on PC and stupid people looking for how they can be offended instead of enjoying life and living peacefully.—jay
Daisy says... Daisy says: It is sad that such a toy of years ago is classed as un PC now, and yet the Golly was loved by all the children who owned one.
January 13, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Other Authors
As a child, I loved the Happy Hollisters books, by Jerry West. They are quite Blytonish, although for slightly younger children than the Famous Five.—Daniel
January 11, 2017: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Other Authors
It's a shame we never got Enid's opinion on the Narnia books. Maybe she would have defended Lewis over the Susan issue? .—Paul
Fatty says... Fatty says: What purpose would that serve? In any case, I wouldn't have thought Blyton would have warmed to Susan at the end. However, C S Lewis said, "The books don't tell us what happened to Susan. She is left alive in this world at the end, having by then turned into a rather silly, conceited young woman. But there's plenty of time for her to mend and perhaps she will get to Aslan's country in the end... in her own way."
December 30, 2016: Famous Five - Bloopers?
Anne's startled reaction to television, which wouldn't make sense to later generations of children, was also removed in the 1970s edits.—Paul
December 29, 2016: Famous Five - Bloopers?
This is not a blooper made by Enid Blyton but by one of the meddlers who insist on "updating" the books. I have the 1970s Knight edition of Five Go To Billycock Hill. At one point, a man claiming to be one of the butterfly men gives Dick fifty pence for a butterfly. Dick gives it to the old woman, Mrs Jane. This is clearly an update as there was no such thing as fifty pence at the time the book was written - decimalisation didn't come in until 1971. However, the "updater" didn't do a very thorough job as later, Julian talking to Dick refers to "the five shillings you gave her". That must have been what was in the original book. Five shillings actually translates to twenty-five pence in new money, but I don't consider this to be a mistake as the updater probably decided to double the amount to allow for inflation.—Padré
Daisy says... Daisy says: Many of Enid's books have been updated, and the 'money' converted, it's a sign of the times we have to live with. If it means readers of today will read Enid's wonderful books, then it's all worth it.
December 29, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Weakest Book, Plot or Character
Weakest book for me is Five Get Into a Fix. The Five don't actually do or achieve anything, apart from suspecting the wrong person and then getting in the way and nearly ruining everything!—Padré
December 29, 2016: Malory Towers - Is there really a boarding school on the Cornwall coast?
Hi everyone! I love this series, and only found out today that there is an English version called Malory Towers! I'm part German and have read the full 18 books in German (in German it is called 'Dolly', as that is the main character's name). I do wish there was a film, to see how I imagine the school to be in reality. Sophia.—Sophia
December 26, 2016: Famous Five - What's your Favourite Book?
I remember one Christmas eve,I went to the library and borrowed 'Five go to Smuggler's Top' and 'Five get into Trouble'. I would rate them as two as the best Blyton books,I never got the train set I wanted,my parents were hard up but I had some great reading that holiday.—brendan fitzpatrick
December 22, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - If Enid were alive today?
Trevor: dementia like Enid had isn't a natural part of aging, it's a disease like cancer or AIDS that we can one day defeat. There have been people who have lived past 100 and still been sharp mentally.—Paul
December 14, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Weakest Book, Plot or Character
For me it's Banshee Towers. Weakest character is Gwen Lacey from MT. To call them wafer-thin is an insult to wafers.—Paul
December 12, 2016: Famous Five - The Last Adventure
But how would you plot a grand finale? The kids, about to be split up permanently "for some reason", gather together at Kirrin, where they receive the news that Barling, Block, the Sticks etc. Have escaped from jail and are coming for them. Can the kids and the aging Timmy save themselves? .—Paul
December 10, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - What EB book would make the perfect movie?
Well, Buster, take how the BBC Narnia from the eighties is more loved than the Walden films. As for the new Faraway Tree movie, I can already hear the cry of "TIMBER.! " from the critics!—Paul
Buster says... Buster says: I can't hear anything!
December 10, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - What EB book would make the perfect movie?
I would love to see a Find-Outers' story filmed - in period.—Nigel
December 9, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - What EB book would make the perfect movie?
Which would be better for an adaption? BBC or ITV? .—Paul
Buster says... Buster says: Wouldn't really matter, as it won't happen!
December 5, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
Makes you wonder if Enid would have sympathised with Mary Whitehouse?—Paul
December 2, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
Ah, those pesky foreigners, eh? If they didn't wash, they certainly needing an eye kept on them! They've certainly got the hang of football, now! I remember, back in the 50s, my mother wouldn't buy foreign chocolate. She thought it inferior to British chocolate.—Nigel
November 30, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
In the Mystery of the Vanished Prince, when Pip and Larry are interviewing the boys who shared his tent, one said of the supposed "prince" that "All his clothes were of the Very best, but would he wash? Not he! And if you said you'd pop him in the river, he would run a mile, wah-wahing! " This sort of behaviour seems to be almost expected of "foreigners". Another boy said that there were two foreigners in his school. One never cleans his teeth and the other howls if he gets a kick at football. Foreigners, eh? .—Padré
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