October 16, 2013 3 Comments
I was just editing the synopsis for a new book in Calibre, when I read this:
A Young Adult Edition of “Wormholes” is also available, edited to eliminate adult language and situations.
Just read that again.
I remember reading Jane Gaskell’s The City when I was about ten. It had a picture of a girl riding an ostrich (except this is a fantasy, so it was not exactly an ostrich). I had to ask my mum what a brothel was and, extraordinarily, she just said “look it up in the dictionary, love”. Which I did, and it did not make any sense to me. So I ignored that, and continued reading the story of love (with sex) and aliens and war.
Bowdlerization is alive and well!
Here’s the cover that attracted me to The City:
Let children read what they will – it’s better than letting them watch what they will!