History Bowdlerise / Literature

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and Creator/CartoonNetwork" due to a combination of licensing issues and an attempt at making the story less outdated [[note]] As an aside, the Muppets had new movies in 2011 and 2014, Sesame Street is still on the air, and The Electric Company was revived in 2009 -- though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and Creator/CartoonNetwork" due to a combination of licensing issues and an attempt at making the story less outdated [[note]] As an aside, the Muppets had new movies in 2011 and 2014, Sesame Street is still on the air, and The Electric Company was revived in 2009 -- though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."
11th Jul '16 4:34:08 PM Kid
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* OlderThanPrint: Gaius Vallerius Creator/{{Catullus}}' Carmen 16. Written about 50-100 years before the birth of Christ, it was considered so offensive that it wasn't openly published in English until the 20th century, and even then as a paraphrased version. It was written as a response to two poets who'd reffered to his work as soft and as a statement that though a poet is to act decently, he is by no means bound to write politely. The opening line is , roughly translated, "I will sodomize you and skull fuck you".

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* OlderThanPrint: Gaius Vallerius Creator/{{Catullus}}' Carmen 16. Written about 50-100 years before the birth of Christ, it was considered so offensive that it wasn't openly published in English until the 20th century, and even then as a paraphrased version. It was written as a response to two poets who'd reffered to his work as soft and as a statement that though a poet is to act decently, he is by no means bound to write politely. The opening line is , is, roughly translated, "I will sodomize you and skull fuck you".
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.
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