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Friday, November 15th, 2013
9:16 pm
Fandom, history, fanfiction et al
I came here via hearing of the Blyton Society's absolutely appalling behaviour. I had hoped for a place on LJ to discuss Blyton but the Enid Blyton community here on LJ seems to be moribund.

I don't blame Blyton - as Kannaophelia said in response to the EBS, she wasn't writing out of spite but in unthinking response to the hateful attitudes of her time.

As an historian, it irritates me when people say "Oh I wouldn't have acted that way or believed those things had i lived back then!" when in fact they probably would have, particularly when it came to religion. There was a famous article (not by me) that pointed out that in 1930s Australia, the overwhelming majority of white Australians attended church on Sundays most weeks but that by 1974, that number had dropped to less than ten percent.

I see something similar in Malory Towers/St Clares fandom - in the books, the girls are religious, probably Anglican, attend church services on Sundays and probably shared 1940s Christian views on homosexual or bisexual attractions. You won't see much of that in fanfiction - in most fanfiction, the girls might as well have no religion, have modern attitudes about gay relationships - "coming out" as gay only dates to around 1970 - before that you would have been admitting to practising an illegal sexual perversion and the social consequences for such an admission would have been even worse than the legal consequences.
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
4:37 pm
Malory Towers/ St Clare's - should i buy them for my niece
Should i buy Blyton's school stories?

Is there anything against them i should know?
Friday, May 27th, 2011
10:55 pm

What do people think of the Golliwogs in Enid's works?

Is it right that they've been airbrushed out in modern editions?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
6:34 pm
the new Malory Towers books
Has anyone read the new Malory Towers books put out by Pamela Cox?

I've only just stumbled across them and the Book Depository has them in stock (being in Australia, I heart Book Depository as I get free delivery). Is it worth stumping up A$8 each for them?

I'm tempted to at least get one and see...

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, February 4th, 2011
11:38 am
40 Enid Blyton's The Naughtiest Girl in the School (20 original scans, and the same 20 coloured in photoshop)
10 The Simpsons (Homer's Enemy)


( icons ahoy )
Sunday, May 17th, 2009
6:28 am
Review: The Castle of Adventure
I wrote the following review of The Castle of Adventure recently as part of my ongoing participation at 50bookchallenge (the version below is slightly adapted to its audience, who I'm presuming know the book better than most people at the comm do).
The Castle of AdventureCollapse )
After I finished it, I ranked it as probably my second or third favourite out of the Adventure series, after Valley and possibly Ship (which I need to reread). Philip is my favourite character - in this book and of the series too, generally.

Anyone have any thoughts on the book or the review (or both)?

Current Mood: awake and somewhat hungry
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
9:01 pm
12 The  Famous Five cover-art icons
22 Twilight fanfiction icons


Sunday, December 7th, 2008
5:01 pm
Review: Mystery of the Strange Messages
I posted a review of The Mystery of the Strange Messages at 50bookchallenge a few days ago.

It can be found here.

What do you all think (either of the review, or the book itself, or both)?
Friday, May 16th, 2008
7:59 pm
An interesting site

Since this is my first post at this community, I'd like to introduce myself by saying that I'm from India and that I have loved Enid Blyton for years after getting five of her books as a birthday gift.

Anyway, I believe this site has been mentioned in this community before, but I'd like to draw your attention to it again. Two interesting features include a 'Which Enid Blyton character are you?' quiz and a new general Enid Blyton quiz every month.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
3:41 pm
Quick question about Blyton reprints and new editions, if anyone knows anything about this particular topic - I know some of the books have been 'cleaned up' and bits changed to make them less sexist, racist, etc, but does anyone know if any of the school stories (Malory Towers, St Clares, or the Naughtiest Girl) have been subjected to this? (Or if the powers that be have merely satisfied themselves with those dreadful 'filler' and 'continuation' books...)
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
11:17 pm
The Twins at St Clare's
So... I had no idea this existed. I'm speechless. It's just... so amazingly brilliant.

"The Twins at St Clare's"

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, October 27th, 2007
7:35 pm
Anyone got any Blyton thoughts, reviews or anything they'd like to share?

I think we all need waking up again!
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
3:51 pm
The Mystery Of The Five Strangers - complete!
It's been kicking on since November 2005 and presented bit by bit in this community but finally, it is done!

Title: The Mystery Of The Five Strangers
Author: bethamphetam1ne
Fandom: Enid Blyton, obviously
Rating: As G as G can be.
Summary: The Five Find-Outers are puzzled by the appearance of five strangers in Peterswood during their hols. Who are they? What are they doing there? And are they really strangers to people who read Enid Blyton?

The Mystery of The Five Strangers

Current Mood: satisfied
Monday, June 25th, 2007
4:42 pm

Contains full text for some of the Famous Five and St Clare's books. Not original texts, so probably have been modernised or Bowdlerized, depending on your point of view :P
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
6:58 pm
I just finished reading "Holiday House" (1955) this morning and I can definitely recommend it!

It starts off in typical Blyton style with the parents leaving for America (why does everyone head for America in Blyton-land?!) and the children are twins (why are twins often in Blyton?). The children (Pat and Mary) recovering from measles and being sent to "Holiday House", a place run for children on holiday.

In many ways, this book reminded me of "Spiggy Holes" as the house is nestled in between cliffs and there's caves on the beach and they go back a long way as in "Smuggler Ben" and the two main places of action (Holiday House and the ruined house) are connected by passage ways.

I won't go into the plot any further in case I hit on spoiler, but needless to say it's a good read and even the few instances of moralising and stereotyping don't affect your read.

Anyone else read it? Any comments?
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
8:02 pm
Suggestion for the community...
Do you think it would be an idea to do a community book review? I've seen it done on another list I use and seems to work quite well there at least. The way it works there is that someone suggests some books to review and then people vote and the winner of that vote is the book the group will read and comment on. Doesn't have to be a big long essay, just a few thoughts to provoke discussion.

Good idea or just worthy of a Bronx cheer?! :D

Oh, inothernews - did you ever get my email about "Pantomine Cat"?
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
6:40 pm
Here's my list of Blyton that I have... I am prepared to loan out if you have something I'd like to read :)

Book listCollapse )

Inothernews - I have "Mystery of The Pantomime Cat" here if you're still interested!
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
9:34 am
I seem to post in here more than my own journal :P

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/unearthlytale-21 - has the "extra" St. Clare's books, albeit listed as Enid Blyton.

http://www.enidblyton.net/others/the-adventures-of-scamp.html - site owner's review of "The Adventures of Scamp" written as Mary Pollock. Question: why did EB use a pseudonym?
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
5:48 pm
Kind of off topic...

Since I think we all have a secret love of deserted buildings, tunnels, dire deeds from the past and general mystery, I thought I'd share some of my favourite sites :) They're not EB, but about urban exploration which is the exploration and photography of deserted buildings and areas. A lot of them are of old hospitals/medical establishments but that's because it fascinates me most!

www.simoncornwell.com/urbex - Cane Hill, Severalls and CRX explorations are my favourite tours. CRX is great if you like spooky stories :)Click on the "explorations" link and all the explorations come up.
8:10 pm
another one to get rid of . . .
Further to the previous post, I have a hardback 1974 edition of Five Run Away Together if anyone's interested . . .

Will swap for either of my remaining FF needs:

6 - Five On Kirrin Island Again


19 - Five Go To Demon's Rocks

Current Mood: hopeful
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