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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
November 10, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Hollywood and Enid Blyton Books
There is also Clive of India mentioned from Summer Term At St. Clare's. Janet disobeys Miss Roberts and goes to see the film.—Anon
November 6, 2016: Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series - The Find-Outers' Books
Vanessa seems to be a child and "whole of adventure" is probably what she meant. Although she probably intended to put something between "whole" and "of".—Paul
Fatty says... Fatty says: Possibly - maybe she meant, whole lot of adventure...
November 5, 2016: Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series - Mr Goon
I hope the Five are able to find out all mysteries before old Mr. Goon does.—vanessa
Buster says... Buster says: The Find-Outers always solve the mystery before Mr Goon does.

PC Goon says: Less of the old, and show some respect for the law!
November 5, 2016: Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series - The Find-Outers' Books
Even though I haven't read all this series of her books, I bet all her books are a colourful hole of adventure.—Vanessa
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have no idea what a colourful hole of adventure is, Vanessa.
November 5, 2016: Famous Five - George's feelings
Was Enid Blyton a Christian? Why did her daughter tell her she was insecure, arrogant and pretentious? It's not understandable and hard to believe that her own DAUGHTER said it. This is what brings about "family understandings" as I call it. I would be happy if she was(her daughter) said it in her mind. I would never say that to my mother. Would you say that to your mother? If you did, what would she do to you.—vanessa
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm no expert on Enid's personal life, but would say she followed Christianity in the main - much as most of the population of the time did. She was baptised in 1910 at Elm Road Baptist church in Beckenham, so was Christened into the Christian faith. In 1916, Enid became a teacher after helping her friend Ida Hunt at Woodbridge Congregational Sunday School, so the Church was obviously an influence in her early years.
November 5, 2016: Unlisted Series (Miscellaneous) - Favourite chararacters
I love Amelia Jane! She makes me feel like I'm in the story.—vanessa
November 5, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
You're right, Fatty - and their animal rights record is 100 times worse!!!!—Cathy
November 5, 2016: Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general - Enid's Desciption of Foreigners
I have a new appreciation for Blyton right now, because I've been reading some early Angela Brazil novels, and, well. Brazil was one of the pioneers of the girls boarding school novel as a genre in its own right, but her early stuff, at least, hasn't aged well. I don't just mean the old-fashioned, episodic narrative structure, I mean the bit where the heroine's sister writes minstrel songs for a hobby, or the rant about the inhumanity of the Chinese. Compared to that, Blyton's world populated largely by whites and only prejudiced against non-British Europeans and Americans is enlightened.—Paul
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not sure about your last sentence, Paul. As for the Chinese, their human rights record was - and still is to a degree, appalling.
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