CHANGES to books by popular children’s author Roald Dahl have divided opinion in the book world.
The Roald Dahl Story Company decides who has the rights to Roald Dahl’s stories. It has announced the changes alongside Puffin Books, who publish the Dahl stories. Words or sentences have been changed across several books, with the idea being that they are updated now for modern readers.
Greedy Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is now ‘enormous’ instead of ‘fat’, while Mrs Twit from The Twits is no longer called ‘ugly’. Other words and phrases that have been seen to be violent or insensitive have been changed, too.
While some have welcomed the changes, others are angry that an author’s work is being censored [changed as it is seen as inappropriate].
Author Salman Rushdie said the changes were “absurd” and those changing Dahl’s work should be “ashamed”. Philip Pullman, writer of the His Dark Materials series, said it would be better not to print Dahl’s books any more if they are seen as offensive. Author Debjani Chatterjee thinks the changes are a good thing and have “been done quite sensitively”.
Roald Dahl died in 1990 so he’s not around to have his say on the matter. What do you think?
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