Roald Dahl: the man in the news
Why the great juvenile writer is in the headlines? What's the matter with Penguin? Why people are backlashing Penguin?
Roald Dahl was a prominent , influencial and famous british writer born in Wales but spend his life in England. He was specifically known for juvenile fictions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, Matilda and on.
But in early days after serving in Royal Air Force (RAF) he stepped into the bibliophile world. He began his writing career with The Gremlins , which was written for Walt Disney but was unsuccessful. Next he came up with shorts stories from his flying days , but his success was SOME ONE LIKE YOU , and KISS , KISS for adults.
But he then gradually shifted to juvenile and childrens books - unusually. He used to put darkly comic nature, malevolent villains and noble protagonists in his novels unlike other writers.
Roald Dahl was someone whose vocabulary was indeed too fascinating and who like to keep experimenting with words - mostly funny and humorous- on which Penguin thought to rewrite and bowdlerise those works and make them suitable for new and modern readers.
But Roald Dahl's fans felt that an earth-shaken news. They hates that idea and virtually protested against it. They didn't like the idea to turn those graet 'classics' into modern lingo, because those classic vocabularies of his are what makes the works great. How he used 'enormously fat' which Penguin turned into just 'enormous', how he creates a witch disguise in ' a great scientist or a buisness tycoon' rather than just ordinary 'employee or co- worker in a shop'.
Puffin - a sub collection of Penguin for juvenile - has decided to keep the things as they are after facing a huge backlash. They are not going to bowdlerise the works of Roald Dahl.
For God's Sake.