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Enid Blyton – An all time favourite

There was an article today in the paper (TOI) debating the literary skills, or the lack of it, of Enid Blyton. This has made me wonder whether recognition in the name of awards, peer praise, or critical acclaim is ever in its truest sense? Any of this is usually the opinion of one group versus another, and the group losing out is always going to feel wronged. If somebody did not get an Oscar, does it mean that person’s body of work is of no good? Is this how we should have felt about A.R.Rahman until he pocketed it last year? At best, these recognitions only help give the book or movie or album a global appeal. It does not make it any superior or inferior than it already is. If one has done adequate marketing of one’s products, it is bound to sell irrespective of the quality, atleast in the short run.

This brings us to the point if this debate is really necessary in the case of Enid Blyton. This author’s books are still popular and are stocked in most children’s libraries even today. Noddy is being discussed with the same fervour as Archie is. The characters of her novels may be alien to children outside UK, but she has managed to capture their imagination. Tales of ginger ale and short bread have caught the fancy of boarders world over, and in her own way she teaches that responsibility is a good thing. BBC might have made an error in judgement in the past in ignoring her works, but then who does not make a mistake. Inspite of all this debate, she continues to live through her works and cannot evoke mass hysteria to the point of hating and ignoring them. And thankfully, I can now stock up on her books for a re-read as an adult.

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2 Responses

  1. Shail says:

    Three cheers to Enid Blyton! What a bore life would have been as a kid without her books to read! Her school stories are my favorites still.

    • Swetha Kasthurirangan says:

      @Shail: It is more fun to imagine being a Georgie or one of the kids in Faraway tree when you are an adult 🙂 Try it.

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