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Apple

Should the Classics be updated?

I saw this discussion on the BBC have your say page and thought I would copy it here as it is relevant to our book discussions

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Should the classics be updated?A new character called Lottie the Otter is to grace the new Winnie-the-Pooh book, publishers have announced. Is this a good idea?

The much loved bear's new friend, who appears in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus, is said to be a "feisty" character who is good at cricket and a stickler for etiquette.

Michael Brown, chairman of the Trustees of the Pooh Properties says the new character arises naturally out of the world of AA Milne’s famous books, first published in 1926, and so, like the original stories, is timeless.

Can new characters fit in with old classics? Should classic tales be updated at all?
Chibiabos83

I think these new Pooh stories might be rather good. It's not as if they invalidate the original books - they are new stories, not altered versions of the old ones - and I thought the illustration of Lottie on the BBC website was rather lovely. I'll give them a try. It's not as if any more harm can be done to Pooh than has already been done by that American company I'd rather not name.

But I can't think of many other books that would stand updating. Most books that are regarded as classics are naturally works of quality, with which any tampering done had better have a good reason behind it. Then again, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds as if it has promise...
MikeAlx

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Then again, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds as if it has promise...

I'm reliably informed by a zombie-enthusiast friend on facebook that it doesn't live up to expectations.
TheRejectAmidHair

MikeAlx wrote:
Chibiabos83 wrote:
Then again, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds as if it has promise...

I'm reliably informed by a zombie-enthusiast friend on facebook that it doesn't live up to expectations.


Your zombie-enthusiast friend obviously had great expectations.
Apple

My cousin has said she has read that zombie P&P thing I thought she was talking the mick!  Surprised
Freyda

I'm afraid the Jane Austen and Zombies thing really passes my understanding. I've heard enthusiastic reviews on radio 4 about it twice now, in May and the summer hols,  and I just can't see the attraction or the link. I've even seen the cover of the book, whch is quite revolting. I'm not disapproving (yes, I am, actually) but it's beyond my comprehension. How does Pride & Prejudice, which I think it is,  improve a zombie story, or zombies improve P & P? Apart from as a one-line gag?

I speak as one who  enjoyed "Shaun of the Dead", so I'm not completely without a GSOH, as they say in the small ads.
Freyda

I don't think the Hundred Acre Wood needs a feisty female character. It is of its time.

Though I do agree that nothing could be worse than the D****y travesty. How about a feisty female Ashdown Forest native chipmunk with eyelashes and breasts just to show she's not a male?   Evil or Very Mad
TheRejectAmidHair

I agree Freyda: Pride & Pejudice & Zombies does strike me as a one-joke novel, and it's hard to see how one can get an entire novel out of a single joke.

I enjoyed Shaun of the Dead as well: there's something very English about going out to battle against flesh-eating zombies armed only with a cricket bat! But, as a long-term aficionado of Hammer horror films, I can state quite categorically, I think, that the best Zombie film ever was the Hammer film The Plague of the Zombies, which is a great favourite of mine when I''m ... well, when I'm mildly intoxicated on a Friday night...
Freyda

Freyda wrote:
I don't think the Hundred Acre Wood needs a feisty female character. It is of its time.

Though I do agree that nothing could be worse than the D****y travesty. How about a feisty female Ashdown Forest native chipmunk with eyelashes and breasts just to show she's not a male?   Evil or Very Mad


I've seen an illustration now and Lottie the Otter wears a necklace - no lie!
Melony

Read P&P&Z and thought the first page was interesting, but had to put it down after that.  Passed it on to the 15 year old son of a friend who might never had read P& P if it weren't for the zombies.

I like the idea of a cricket-playing critter in Winnie the Pooh, even though I am a staunch traditionalist.  Messing with the classics, though, depends on the spirit in which the updating is done.
Melony

Himadri's "photo" reminded me of that new novel by Dacre Stoker.  Should relatives of writers write sequels to their forebearers' books?  I think it's called Dracula The Un-Dead.

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