History Bowdlerise / Literature

11th Oct '17 12:15:31 PM Malady
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* ''Are U 4 Real'', the American translation of Sara Kadefors’ Swedish young-adult novel ''SandorSlashIda'', suffered from this trope. The story was relocated from the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm to San Francisco and Los Angeles, the teenaged protagonists’ names were changed from Sandor and Ida into Alex and Kyla and several parts of the book dealing with Ida’s sexual experiences were censored or removed entirely. The author was not happy and stated that the censored parts are necessary to understand why Ida acts the way she does in the story. The American translator defended the changes, stating that the original contained ”too much sex” and that it would have been hard to sell in American stores.

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* ''Are U 4 Real'', the American translation of Sara Kadefors’ Swedish young-adult novel ''SandorSlashIda'', ''Literature/SandorSlashIda'', suffered from this trope. The story was relocated from the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm to San Francisco and Los Angeles, the teenaged protagonists’ names were changed from Sandor and Ida into Alex and Kyla and several parts of the book dealing with Ida’s sexual experiences were censored or removed entirely. The author was not happy and stated that the censored parts are necessary to understand why Ida acts the way she does in the story. The American translator defended the changes, stating that the original contained ”too much sex” and that it would have been hard to sell in American stores.



* The controversial ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' books have recently been re-released with [[http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2011/12/18/scary-stories-to-tell-in-the-dark-gammell-vs-helquist/ tamed down illustrations]]...a fact over which many fans of the classic, terrifying illustrations are very unhappy. And to rub salt in the wound for those who were never able to obtain copies of the books with the original illustrations, said books have had printing discontinued by their publishers, and online prices are being inflated in correspondence with the tamed-down editions.
* Children's book {{parody}} ''GoTheFuckToSleep'' proved popular enough to get an alternate, actually child-friendly version called ''Seriously Go To Sleep''.

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* The controversial ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' books have recently been re-released with [[http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2011/12/18/scary-stories-to-tell-in-the-dark-gammell-vs-helquist/ tamed down illustrations]]...a fact over which many fans of the classic, terrifying illustrations are very unhappy. And to rub salt in the wound for those who were never able to obtain copies of the books with the original illustrations, said books have had printing discontinued by their publishers, and online prices are being inflated in correspondence with the tamed-down editions.
* Children's book {{parody}} ''GoTheFuckToSleep'' ''Literature/GoTheFuckToSleep'' proved popular enough to get an alternate, actually child-friendly version called ''Seriously Go To Sleep''.
8th Apr '17 11:02:59 AM nombretomado
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* The original edition of Book 6 of ''TheRailwaySeries'', ''Henry the Green Engine'' used the phrase "as black as niggers" to describe a group of boys who have been showered with soot for dropping stones on trains. The newer versions use the term "as black as soot."

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* The original edition of Book 6 of ''TheRailwaySeries'', ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'', ''Henry the Green Engine'' used the phrase "as black as niggers" to describe a group of boys who have been showered with soot for dropping stones on trains. The newer versions use the term "as black as soot."
1st Apr '17 2:26:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Some variants of ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'' have Rich-Craft beating up the two older princess instead of seducing them like in the original. That creates some UnfortunateImplications by itself, since their punishment in the original might be subject to ValuesDissonance, but this way, it also seems way too disproportionate.

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* Some variants of ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'' have Rich-Craft beating up the two older princess princesses instead of seducing them like in the original. That creates some UnfortunateImplications by itself, since their punishment in the original might be subject to ValuesDissonance, but this way, it also seems way too disproportionate.
1st Apr '17 2:05:33 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* After Creator/KarlMay's death his widow Klara gave the firm that published the books (which renamed itself ''Karl-May-Verlag'' the right to make text alterations as it saw fit, and the publisher made extensive use of this. This took many forms, such as rearranging chapters, replacing foreign loanwords by more German ones, making deletions and additions, changing the names of many supporting and even a few lead characters, and suppressing some of May's more pacifist paragraphs to please the Nazis. As literary scholars and Karl May fans noted, this made the most commonly produced editions of May's works unusable for scholarly analysis. In more recent years new editions based on the original ones have been produced, however.

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* After Creator/KarlMay's death his widow Klara gave the firm that published the books (which renamed itself ''Karl-May-Verlag'' ''Karl-May-Verlag'') the right to make text alterations as it saw fit, and the publisher made extensive use of this. This took many forms, such as rearranging chapters, replacing foreign loanwords by more German ones, making deletions and additions, changing the names of many supporting and even a few lead characters, and suppressing some of May's more pacifist paragraphs to please the Nazis. As literary scholars and Karl May fans noted, this made the most commonly produced editions of May's works unusable for scholarly analysis. In more recent years new editions based on the original ones have been produced, however.
28th Mar '17 7:29:12 PM DustSnitch
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* During Prohibition, there was a move to edit ''Literature/TheBible'' to remove all references to alcohol. Except, of course, the ones that discouraged overindulgence. Yes, they literally wanted {{Jesus}} to turn water into grape juice.

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* During Prohibition, there was a move to edit ''Literature/TheBible'' to remove all references to alcohol. Except, of course, the ones that discouraged overindulgence. Yes, they literally wanted {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} to turn water into grape juice.
11th Nov '16 6:07:59 PM RaisenRhaasen
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* ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit451}}'': Ballantine Books published "Revised Bal-Hi" editions for high school students from 1967-1979, heavily altered and censored until catching Creator/RayBradbury's attention.

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* ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit451}}'': ''[[Literature/{{Fahrenheit451}} Fahrenheit 451]]'': Ballantine Books published "Revised Bal-Hi" editions for high school students from 1967-1979, heavily altered and censored until catching Creator/RayBradbury's attention.
26th Aug '16 8:35:16 PM dsneybuf
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* In the original prints of "Super Fudge," Fudge mentions his favorite TV shows are ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''TheElectricCompany''. In modern reprints, the line was changed to "cartoons from Nickelodeon and Creator/CartoonNetwork" due to a combination of licensing issues and an attempt at making the story less outdated [[note]] As an aside, the Muppets had new movies in 2011 and 2014, Sesame Street is still on the air, and The Electric Company was revived in 2009 -- though it's not the same as it was back in the 1970s[[/note]].

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* In the original prints of "Super Fudge," Fudge mentions his favorite TV shows are ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', and ''TheElectricCompany''.''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''. In modern reprints, the line was changed to "cartoons from Nickelodeon and Creator/CartoonNetwork" due to a combination of licensing issues and an attempt at making the story less outdated [[note]] As an aside, the Muppets had new movies in 2011 and 2014, Sesame Street is still on the air, and The Electric Company was revived in 2009 -- though it's not the same as it was back in the 1970s[[/note]].
24th Aug '16 7:12:10 AM Omeganian
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* Some variants of ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'' have Rich-Craft beating up the two older princess instead of seducing them like in the original. That creates some UnfortunateImplications by itself, since their punishment in the original might be subject to ValuesDissonance, but this way, it also seems way too disproportionate.
13th Aug '16 5:41:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Discworld}}'':

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7th Aug '16 12:55:06 PM DrFraud
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* In the preface to ''The Brown Fairy Book'' Andrew Lang states that some of the stories were rewritten by his wife "in the hope that white people will like them, skipping the pieces which they will not like."
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