deep secret - new US edition + i'm back
ferricide at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 9 13:26:19 EST 2002
>That's disgraceful. Have you considered sending it back to the
>publishers and demanding a refund?
no. i hadn't. that's an interesting idea. possibly i should include the book
and a strongly-worded letter about the nature of their facile and largely
pointless censorship and demand a copy of the regular paperback in exchange.
>Wasn't there a lot of f-ing and blinding going on between Ted Mallory and
>Thurless as well? That chopped?
you are quite possibly right. i don't have the original on meor i'd never
have had to buy this edition. i'm glad i did, though, because i intend to
give deep secret to a number of people as presents for christmas, and i
probably would have gone with this edition sight unseen because i don't like
the smallest size of paperback (which the adult US edition is) and this is a
bit larger (i guess because it's aimed at kids.)
but when i get my nice hardback back, i shall have to compare the two, and
put up another comparative post along the line of my "the ogre downstairs -
behold the crap edition."
>I'm just flabbergasted by this. It's got to be the most stupid, pointless,
>idiotic... Well, you all know. Why on earth did they feel it was
>necessary - either to aim it at YA audience OR to make those changes to do
i imagine that they felt it was like free money to aim it at the YA audience
when they already had the book -- many or most of DWJ's readers are probably
thought by the publisher to be in that audience since the propensity of her
works are. maybe deep secret had stopped selling in its adult edition.
this edition of DS is part of a larger sub-label the publisher has, and at
least some of the other books in it are adult books republished as kids'.
it's funny, because deep secret is in two sections of the bookstore at the
same time. =P
as to the changes, i really don't know. well, i can see the "shit" being
censored. the "sexual" being changed is just sad and prudish. then again,
committees of screaming soccer moms marching into school libraries may be
commonplace in the US for all i know. i'm awfully cynical about it, but that
sort of thing is quite possibly happening over this. we don't have the PMRC
anymore, but real musicians still have to put out "clean" versions of their
CDs for sale at wal-mart, so i can believe anything.
>"shit"? If I *were* going to censor it for kids (which I wouldn't!), I'd
>dim down the description of the murder of the kids a bit, not worry about
possibly they just handed this book to someone who doesn't have much
imagination and said "is this ready for teh kiddies?" and they said "no, we
have to censor it." so they censored it in the most obvious way, were
congratulated by the boss, and that was that. censors don't have much
imagination, one would think. =) it's living life as negation personified.
plus it's just a job isn't it? i don't imagine that being a censor at a
publisher is the most rewarding position that one takes a lot of pride in
and has dedication to.
at least i was able to warn the list, and now know to be careful with YA
editions of adult fiction.
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