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Welcome to the website of the Enid Blyton Society. Formed in early 1995, the aim of the Society is to provide a focal point for collectors and enthusiasts of Enid Blyton through its magazine The Enid Blyton Society Journal, issued three times a year, its annual Enid Blyton Day, an event which attracts in excess of a hundred members, and its website. Most of the website is available to all, but Society Members have exclusive access to secret parts as well! Join the Society today and start receiving your copy of the Journal three times a year. Don't forget also that we have an Online Shop where you'll find back issues of the Journal as well as rare Enid Blyton biographies, guides and more.

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Posted by Mary on December 7, 2017
Two weeks until Christmas. Barney the dog, did you ask for anything for Christmas? P.S. Did Enid Blyton make any Christmas books?
BarneyBarney says: I'm hoping that Father Christmas will drop some meaty bones down the chimney for me, Mary! You can see some of Enid Blyton's Christmas titles here. Tales of Toyland, The Six Bad Boys and Five Go Adventuring Again also feature Christmas.
Posted by Barbara on December 4, 2017
Can anyone use the Famous Five characters and write about them or does permission and a licence have to be obtained first?
BarneyBarney says: If you're planning to make money or perform something you'll need to seek permission from the copyright holders, Hachette UK. Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Paul Austin on December 1, 2017
It'd be an expensive effort - finding a part of Scotland that still resembles the past, vintage sea-planes, child actors that can reliably imitate wartime children. It would be better if the children were played by unknowns, but you just know that funding would be conditional on a 'big name' in order to be able to sell it to America.
BarneyBarney says: Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons has been filmed twice (1974 and 2016) and it would be great to see an adaptation of similar quality of Enid Blyton's The Adventurous Four.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 30, 2017
I'd like to see a dramatisation of The Adventurous Four. Hope they'd have the guts to actually set it during WWII with actual German villains. I understand German sensitivities but it's not a reason to distort history.
BarneyBarney says: The Adventurous Four would work well as a film or TV series as it's full of action and atmosphere. Plenty of other wartime dramas have been made for children and young adults, such as Goodnight Mister Tom, Carrie's War, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, so there's no reason why The Adventurous Four couldn't be done.
Posted by Mary on November 30, 2017
Dear Barney, I have some questions. Which book is your favorite that Enid Blyton wrote? And what’s your favorite Five Find-Outers book? I am reading the Five Find-Outers now, and they are splendid! My favorite one so far is The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat. Another question I have is why did some people call Enid Blyton a racist and sexist back in the day? I thought she was a wonderful author for writing books. It just doesn’t make sense to me why some people were mean back then. Thank you Barney for answering my questions I had in the past and now, also thank you for being patient to answering everyone’s questions! Have happy holidays!
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your three messages, Mary. To answer your first question, my favourite Enid Blyton book is Shadow, the Sheep-Dog because the main character is one of the bravest, most intelligent characters Enid Blyton ever created! The Find-Outers series is brilliant but it's a pity two of the books have the word "cat" in the title. "Dog" would be much better! Regarding accusations of racism and sexism, attitudes change over time and older books need to be read with that in mind. The harshest criticisms came from people who hadn't taken social history into account.

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