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Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby 70s-child » 02 Jun 2009, 20:10

There have been some discussions on favorite characters, but which character's ears would you most like to box? Whom do you dislike the most?
I have been re-reading malory towers these last few days (I scored a great deal on the 1991 Dean eds :) ) and was struck by how cruel and mean Alicia Johns was (I never noticed this before for some reason). It would give me great pleasure at giving her a resounding whack.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Fiona1986 » 02 Jun 2009, 20:45

Ooooooh good question.
I don't think there are any characters I hate (except the mean evil baddies like Jo-Jo or Guy Brimming) but at certain points I might quite like to box Gwendoline's ears (especially when badmouthing her father and trying to blame Darrel for the mean things she herself did to Mary-Lou), Theophilus Goon, June (before she saves Amanda of course), Horrace Tripalong for giving away Bill's escape, Junior for being so sneaky and rude, Tala for the way he treats Oola, hmm and Oola's uncle too, Arrabella for her stuck-uped-ness and goign behind Elizabeths back....... and oh my I have to stop now I'm getting all worked up!
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Aurélien » 02 Jun 2009, 21:24

Slightly outside the topic, I'm afraid, but still highly relevant to the wider picture.....

I'd love to box the ears of all those involved in making the more unnecessary :evil: changes to 'modern' editions of the texts.

Perhaps someone (much more knowledgeable than me) would like to start a thread on this, giving their most loathed examples, along with the customary ritual curses for the perpetrators' hair and teeth to fall out, etc, etc.

Okay, okay, I know I'm flogging my (dead) hobbyhorse on this one...so shoot me.

For the record I'm (very reluctantly) conceding that some few textural changes probably have to be accepted to keep a number of Blyton books in-print.

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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Fiona1986 » 02 Jun 2009, 22:11

Oh yes Aurelien I'd give up the chance to box the ears of all of the above for a chance of giving a hefty slap to the PC update brigade.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby 70s-child » 02 Jun 2009, 22:24

Aurélien wrote:Slightly outside the topic, I'm afraid, but still highly relevant to the wider picture.....

I'd love to box the ears of all those involved in making the more unnecessary :evil: changes to 'modern' editions of the texts.

Perhaps someone (much more knowledgeable than me) would like to start a thread on this, giving their most loathed examples, along with the customary ritual curses for the perpetrators' hair and teeth to fall out, etc, etc.
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I saw this one recently and it made zero sense to me:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/ma ... dteenagers
They want to make Fatty slimmer.... why??!! So, count me in on the group that wants to box the ears of those wanting to make pointless changes.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby hope189 » 03 Jun 2009, 15:37

How can you call a thin Frederick "Fatty"?
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Fiona1986 » 03 Jun 2009, 15:39

With just a hint of irony or sarcasm?
In the way a very tall man is called "Wee man" or "Shorty".
Completel daft in Fatty's case though, as he isn't skinny enough to warrant that kind of sarcastic nickname.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby manzanita » 03 Jun 2009, 17:27

I don't know about the rest of you, but my mind just cannot see the FFO in those actors/actresses. The stories are from the past... leave them as they are and where they are. You can try to update them, but it never quite works for me!
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby LuvMyBlyton » 03 Jun 2009, 23:41

Hmmm, for the baddies, I'd love to box any and all of the Stick Family (five run away...). As for regular characters, I'd have to say bossy ol' Julian! I hated when he wouldn't let Anne or George help, it never came off as a kind brother to me!
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Aurélien » 04 Jun 2009, 02:07

LuvMyBlyton wrote:Hmmm, for the baddies, I'd love to box any and all of the Stick Family (five run away...). As for regular characters, I'd have to say bossy ol' Julian! I hated when he wouldn't let Anne or George help, it never came off as a kind brother to me!

Julian certainly comes over as domineering, if not quite a control-freak, but some of this may well have been 'the oldest is responsible and held-to-account' thing, mixed in with a degree of protectiveness, especially towards Anne. What do you think?

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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Kitty » 04 Jun 2009, 10:09

Yeah Julian. I don't want to hit him, though. Just put him on a literary naughty step or something!
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby hope189 » 04 Jun 2009, 15:37

Sorry, but I disagree. I would love to box Julian's ears.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby LuvMyBlyton » 04 Jun 2009, 18:01

I would like to add Phillip and Dinah Mannering to the list :D Especially Dinah.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Nick » 05 Jun 2009, 07:05

Julian most definitely needs a clip round the ear.

Edgar stick & Tinker spring to mind as well.
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Re: Which character's ears would you most like to box?

Postby Boodi » 05 Jun 2009, 12:30

Yes, Julian is the first candidate who springs to mind, followed by George when in one of her "moods".
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