If you think the censorship of books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory And James and the Giant Peach It’s strange, you can rest assured because one of the most widely banned writers in American history agrees with you. In a recent interview with diverse, Young writer Judy Blume talks about the recent controversy surrounding Puffin Books and their choice to “update” some of Roald Dahl’s beloved novels.
“What do you think about rewriting Roald Dahl’s books?” tea Are you with God? I’m Margaret said the author. “I think if Roald Dahl were around, you’d hear what he thinks about it. Whoever he is, whatever he’s accused of, there’s a lot of truth to it. But books are books. Kids still love books, and they love them the way he wrote them. So I don’t I believe in that.”
Some aspects of Dahl’s work have not aged well—the author has been criticized in retrospect for sexism, racism, and antisemitism—but Bloom advocates the importance of preserving classic literature in its original form. As someone whose work has been ostracized for its depiction of healthy adolescent sexuality, including menstruation, Bloom worries about the slippery slope effect that can occur from retrospective censorship.
“Today, there are laws being made where a librarian can go to jail if he or she is found guilty of putting pornography on their shelves… Try defining pornography today and you will find it everything,Bloom added, referring to those comic books mermaid julienne By Jessica Love W Heather has two mothers Leslia Newman was frequently banned, and deemed “pornographic” by some legislatures.
But even as they return to Dahl’s work, Boffin’s reviews seem a little inconsequential: In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for example, the Augustus Gloop is now described as “huge” instead of “fat”. in fools, Mrs. Twit is no longer depicted as “ugly and brutal”, but simply as “brutal”. The Oompa-Loompas are not “little men” anymore, but “little people”. And at the narrator witches He discusses how punks wear wigs to cover their bald heads, his grandmother replies, “There are plenty of other reasons women might wear wigs, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.”
Bloom’s career and legacy will be celebrated in an upcoming Prime Video documentary Judy Blume forever.