Enid Blyton’s book the Magic Faraway Tree has been rewritten by Jacqueline Wilson to airbrush alleged sexist elements and to make it supposedly fit for the 21st century but I’m forced to wonder, why on earth would you do a thing like that?
The book will still see Milo, Mia and Birdy head to the enchanted wood and meet Moon-Face, Silky the Fairy and the Saucepan Man although apparently it was previously updated in the 1990s to change the children’s names from Dick and Fanny to Rick and Frannie.
Now I rather doubt that Enid Blyton had thought of the innuendo of using Dick and Fanny as character names and I suspect they were used in complete innocence, indeed it wasn’t until years later that Johnny, the husband of the Famous TV chef Fanny Cradock uttered the immortal line, “may all your doughnuts turn out like fanny’s.”
Apparently in the new book comments from the magical creatures mentioning girls helping with domestic chores will see them educated on gender equality, along with new passages to stamp out children adventuring on their own without supervision and the writer has reportedly tried to make the parents similar to today’s, where they are anxious about what their youngsters are doing.
Has the world gone mad, if you wish to write a new book full of politically correct nonsense, then by all means do so but don’t change a perfectly decent and popular children’s classic, never forget the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, it don’t need fixing!”