deep secret - new US edition + i'm back
Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Mon Dec 16 13:30:16 EST 2002
> Christian wrote:
>>i'd unsubscribed from the DWJ list for the past few months because
>>i'd been busy with various things going on in my life. but now
>>things have settled down a bit so i thought i'd resubscribe.
> Hey, welcome back! (Only barely here myself, but never mind.)
I'll second both of those. Heck, I'd not loked at the list since the week
>deep secret spoilers below
>>first up, every instance of damn is now "darn."
Oh, for heaven's sake! When I was at school, even the teachers used "damn"...
>>in the book, rupert remarks that his brothers used to call him a "a
>>little shit." it's "a little brat" and loses much of its comedy.
>>after maree is stripped by gram white, rupert picks her up and says
>>it's one of the most "sensual" experiences he has ever had. in the
>>new edition, it's "extraordinary."
> Actually, it's one of the most "sexual" experiences. I was telling
Either way, why "extraordinary"? But then, who knows what goes on in the
>>worst change, i think: after maree is stripped, rupert tells janine
>>that someone has stapled six rabbit testicles to her left breast. (i
>>think that's right.) in the new version, it's "six rabbit turds to
But rabbit's turds don't look at all bloody, which I'm sure that that jumper did
(I mean the B word literally, not in its expletive sense :-) ) Do we get "her
bleeding bosom" or whatever the phrase is?
> 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 so? Only reason I can figure for the first is
> that kids fantasy is possibly seen as selling even more than adults,
> though that's probably wrong. And the second is just totally
> incomprehensible - are US markets different from UK/Irish ones or
> isn't there much "worse" in YA than a few words like "damn", and
> "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 the language.
Hear, hear! Well said, Hallie!
Christian, _please_ do a comparison at some stage. I want to hear what the
censors did with Zinka's paintings - you know, of humans copulating with the
ribby-winged beings that you find in increasing numbers as you go ayewards from
the empire. Not to mention the description of the orgy...
(Re-reading that last paragraph. "What the censors did with Zinka's paintings"
- forbade her to display them? You know what I meant, though...)
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