History Bowdlerise / Literature

3rd Apr '16 9:56:34 AM kablammin45
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* Strangely, some newer editions of the book ''Summer'' by Alice Low (a book showing two kids and their dog enjoying the summer season that's already a kid's book) eliminate some of the...decidedly less fun parts of Summer ([[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDzAo1o9Td4/UmASQmcknDI/AAAAAAAAFjI/glTmKjBs6Kg/s1600/P1180598.JPG such as this page]] showing a picnic GoneHorriblyWrong and another showing the main characters accidentally riling up an angry bull) for seemingly no reason.

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* Strangely, some newer editions of the book ''Summer'' by Alice Low (a book showing two kids and their dog enjoying the summer season that's already a kid's book) eliminate some of the...decidedly less fun parts of Summer ([[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDzAo1o9Td4/UmASQmcknDI/AAAAAAAAFjI/glTmKjBs6Kg/s1600/P1180598.JPG such as this page]] showing a picnic GoneHorriblyWrong and another showing the main characters accidentally riling up an angry bull) for seemingly no reason. It's likely that this was because the publishers felt that kids wouldn't like reading about the ways a Summer outing could go wrong.
3rd Apr '16 9:53:00 AM kablammin45
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* Strangely, some newer editions of the book ''Summer'' by Alice Low (a book showing two kids and their dog enjoying the summer season that's already a kid's book) eliminate some of the...decidedly less fun parts of Summer ([[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDzAo1o9Td4/UmASQmcknDI/AAAAAAAAFjI/glTmKjBs6Kg/s1600/P1180598.JPG such as this page]] showing a picnic GoneHorriblyWrong and another showing the main characters accidentally riling up an angry bull) for seemingly no reason.
18th Feb '16 2:28:16 AM LondonKdS
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* The plot of ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Njal's Saga]]'' is kicked off when a man is cursed by his angry ex-girlfriend so that his penis becomes [[GagPenis so ludicrously huge]] that he will never again be able to have sex with a woman. English translations from before the 1970s are often extremely vague about the precise nature of the curse.
5th Dec '15 6:55:08 PM Pinokio
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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.



* Out there in the universe, the word ''Belgium'' nets you an award for ''Most Gratuitous Use of the Word Belgium''... well, at least according to the US version of Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy. In the UK version, you have to use the word ''Fuck'' a lot instead.
** On the plus side, the "Belgium" scene was adapted from a classic moment on the radio program that didn't otherwise see print, so that's nice.
** From the same book, Wowbagger's insult to Arthur was changed from "asshole" in the UK to "kneebiter" in the US. Opinion is divided on whether it's funnier for the alien's insults to be blunt or inexplicable.
*** Making it more confusing, the US version of ''And Another Thing...'' leaves Wowbagger's insult as "arsehole", thoroughly confusing anyone who doesn't know better.

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* Out there in the universe, the ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'': The word ''Belgium'' ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20030214214643/http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~nhughes/dna/faqs/diff.html Belgium]]'' nets you an award for ''Most Gratuitous Use of the Word Belgium''... well, at least Belgium'', according to the US version of Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy. version. In the UK version, you have to use the word ''Fuck'' a lot instead.
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instead. On the plus side, the "Belgium" scene was adapted from a classic moment on the radio program that didn't otherwise see print, so that's nice.
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nice. From the same book, Wowbagger's insult to Arthur was changed from "asshole" in the UK to "kneebiter" in the US. US, and "shit" is replaced with "swut". Opinion is divided on whether it's funnier for the alien's insults to be blunt or inexplicable.
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inexplicable. Making it more confusing, the US version of ''And Another Thing...'' ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' leaves Wowbagger's insult as "arsehole", thoroughly confusing anyone who doesn't know better.
10th Oct '15 6:23:27 AM cococrisp
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** Some modern reprints of her other books took this to ridiculous levels. For example, ''The Adventurous Four'', the names of twins Jill and Mary were changed to the more "modern" Zoe and Pippa.
2nd Aug '15 2:01:32 AM JetpackPercy
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* In-Universe in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. Greg creates a comic called 'Creighton the Cretin', which focuses on the titular idiot. When he gets published, the published comic (where [[ItMakesSenseInContext Creighton eats his maths test]]) is turned into a blatant ad for the local school library. He promptly quits, and when Rowley takes his place, the published ''Zoo-Wee Mama'' comic is published without edits. Greg is understandably pissed.
29th Apr '15 6:58:27 AM hydrix
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* The very first published version of ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'' removed all the political references from the book. It was only after the copyright changed owner that the political references were included.
29th Apr '15 6:56:50 AM hydrix
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* The translation of ''The Odyssey'' by M.A. Schwarz (which is considered to be one of the best translators to ever exist) is often accused of this. This is not helped by the fact that Schwarz was a big fan of Plato's philosophy and considered therefore ''The Odyssey'' to be rejectible.

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* The translation of ''The Odyssey'' ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' by M.A. Schwarz (which is considered to be one of the best translators to ever exist) is often accused of this. This is not helped by the fact that Schwarz was a big fan of Plato's philosophy and considered therefore ''The Odyssey'' to be rejectible.
19th Feb '15 2:00:58 PM Menshevik
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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.
18th Feb '15 9:13:04 AM hydrix
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* The translation of ''The Odyssey'' by M.A. Schwarz (which is considered to be one of the best translators to ever exist) is often accused of this. This is not helped by the fact that Schwartz was a big fan of Plato's philosophy and considered therefore ''The Odyssey'' to be rejectible.

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* The translation of ''The Odyssey'' by M.A. Schwarz (which is considered to be one of the best translators to ever exist) is often accused of this. This is not helped by the fact that Schwartz Schwarz was a big fan of Plato's philosophy and considered therefore ''The Odyssey'' to be rejectible.
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