Enid Blyton was a prolific author of English children's literature, producing around 800 books during her forty-year career, which were many people's first introduction to [[Main/{{Literature}} literature]], and which still sell well to day. To date her books have sold over 600 million copies worldwide.

Her writing is mostly set in an idealised version of pre-war England, and reflects the attitudes of the time, using some now-[[Main/{{DeadHorseTrope}} dead tropes]] about race, sex, and social class, commonly mocked when Blyton is parodied. Often, her characters spend days roaming across the countryside, [[FreeRangeChildren without any trace of adult supervision]], eating lavish picnics and having jolly adventures fighting assorted villains.

While her work was highly influential (even all these years later, those who have read Blyton can't help but be reminded of the ''St. Clare's'' and ''Malory Towers'' books while reading about [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts]]) there is a fairly large amount of ValuesDissonance strewn liberally among her books, and it has come under controversy, although even that hasn't stopped her books from still being widely bought and read today.

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* ''Literature/{{Noddy}}'' (24 books). Set in Toyland.
* ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' (21 books). Four children and a dog, who regularly stumble across mysterious happenings.
* ''Literature/TheAdventureSeries'' (8 books). Four children and their cockatoo have an adventure each time they go on holiday together.
* ''Literature/TheMysterySeries'' (6 books). Four children and a monkey on a quest to find one of the children's missing father, solving mysteries as they go.
* ''[[Literature/FiveFindOuters Five Find-Outers]]'' (15 books). Five children and a dog, who solve a mystery every summer holiday,
* ''Literature/TheSecretSeven'' (15 books). Seven children and a dog in a detective club, who solve mysteries during term-time.
* ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' (6 books). One girl's progress through a [[Main/{{BoardingSchool}} Boarding School]]
* ''Literature/StClares St'' (6 books). Two twins' progress through a [[Main/{{BoardingSchool}} Boarding School]]
* ''The Naughtiest Girl'' (4 books, plus 6 by Anne Digby). Elizabeth Allen makes trouble in a progressive BoardingSchool.
* ''Literature/TheFarawayTree'' (4 books). Three children find a magical tree which has a [[Main/{{MagicalLand}} Magical Land]] at the top, but the land it connects to changes every week.
* ''Literature/TheWishingChair'' (3 books). Two children buy a magic chair from a [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday mysterious shop]].
* ''Literature/TheCircusSeries'' (3 books). The adventures of a young boy and his family who join a circus.
* Now out of print, ''The Three Golliwogs'' a book full of a trio of gollywog dolls. A publishing nightmare in terms of modern race relations. Not only are the dolls based on a racial stereotype visually, but the text uses names that have since become bound to racism. An excerpt:
-->Once the three bold golliwogs, Golly, Woggie, and Nigger, decided to go for a walk [...] So off went Woggie and Nigger, arm-in-arm, singing merrily their favourite song - which, as you may guess, was Ten Little Nigger Boys.

Many of her works have been televised or filmed. ''The Famous Five'' is the one most commonly referenced. Blyton also wrote hundreds of stand-alone novels. Her books still sell around eight million copies a year. The Famous Five books alone sell more than two million copies a year according to TheOtherWiki.

There are two fansites at http://enidblyton.net and http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/ .

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!!This author's books provide examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: A stock trope for Enid's works. Most evident in Uncle Quentin from the ''Famous Five'' novels.
* AcceptableFeminineGoals: A fair proportion of the girls from Malory Towers seem to avoid this trope - four of them go on to university, one to a ''very'' prestigious musical career, and two set up a business together. One of them would have been an Olympic swimmer except for [[spoiler: a disregard for the rules which nearly got her killed.]]
* AdultsAreUseless - partly justified since the adults tend, for the most part, to react the way regular adults would. Often it's not so much a case of 'AdultsAreUseless' as 'Adults aren't as suspicious as they should be and don't trust their children'. Uncle Quentin is a particularly good example in that his major failing is that ''he is just like George'' - as hot headed as a blowtorch!
* [[Main/{{AmateurSleuth}} Amateur Sleuth]]
* {{Anime}}: the St. Clare's books were adapted into the 26 episode Anime "Ochame na futago: Claire Gakuin monogatari".
* AntiGravity: The villains of ''The Mountain of Adventure'' are trying to build antigravity wings as a weapon.
* AuthorAppeal: Enid Blyton has a fondness for writing tomboyish female characters (George, Jo, Henry, Bertha, Bobby, Bill, etc.) in her novels who either crossdress or assume male names.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Nobody actually says "Lashings of ginger beer".
** The hilariously not-childsafe parody ''Five Go Mad in Dorset'' corrects this oversight.
* BerserkButton: Most evident in George's hair trigger in the ''Famous Five'' books whenever someone is mean to her pet dog Timmy, or worse dares to call her a girl.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Anne from the ''Famous Five'' books is a ProperLady but every once in a while, well you know how the {{Trope}} goes.
** Darrell in the Malory Towers series is a perfectly lovely girl unless you really piss her off, and then she snaps.
* [[BigEater Big Eaters]]: The Famous Five never fail to finish off their tea sandwiches for lunch.
* BoardingSchool: The setting of the ''Naughtiest Girl'', ''Malory Towers'' and ''St Clares'' books, and tangentially mentioned in most other series.
** The Secret Seven are the most notable aversion; they are lower middle class and accordingly attend grammar school, though (as is typical) little is seen of their school life.
* BoundAndGagged: Happens many times to the [[KidDetective Kid Detectives]].
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Since TheEighties a lot of her books have been edited for modern consumption -- ''The Faraway Tree''s Dame Slap was turned into Dame Snap etc. The most recent was a "modernization" of the Famous Five done by Hodder in 2010 that changed the slang (e.g. swotter to bookworm) and tried to bring in more gender equality.
* CargoCult
* CaveBehindTheFalls
* CityMouse: Cyril, Melisande and Roderick from the ''Six Cousins'' duology.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Her works contained loving and devoted families, and children who enjoyed life. Blyton's own approach to parenting and relationship with her younger daughter tended towards AbusiveParents. (Her elder daughter had fonder memories of her, though.)
* CountryMouse: Jack, Jane and Susan from the ''Six Cousins'' duology.
* DuringTheWar: Due to the period in which she was writing, this crops up quite a lot. Rationing due to WorldWarTwo leading to national hunger - well, not exactly hunger, but definitely a longing to be able to just pig out sometimes - also goes a long way towards explaining the FoodPorn in her books.
* [[Main/{{EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep}} Everyone Calls Him Barkeep]]: Kollamoolitumarellipawkyrollo from ''The Faraway Tree'' books, for obvious reasons.
* EvilCripple: Subverted in ''Five Go to Smuggler's Top'', [[spoiler:the villain's henchman Block feigns deafness to avoid suspicion and eavesdrop on the secrets of the Lenoir family.]]
* FiveManBand: Famously, ''The Famous Five''.
** TheLeader: Julian
** TheLancer: George
** TheSmartGuy: Dick
** TheBigGuy/Team Pet: Timmy
** TheChick: Anne
* FoodPorn: Featured vividly in several scenes such as the midnight feasts in her boarding school books and the countryside picnics in the Famous Five.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Her works often consist of a gender-balanced group of children, sometimes supplemented by a pet.
** ''TheFamousFive'': Not counting the dog, the titular ensemble consists of two boys (Julian and Dick) and two girls (Georgina and Anne)
** ''The Adventure Series: Two boys (Phillip and Jack) and two girls (Dinah and Lucy-Ann)
** ''The Secret Series: Two boys (Jack and Mike) and two girls (Peggy and Nora)
** ''The Far Away Tree: The second book has two boys and two girls.
** ''The Adventurous Four'': Two boys (Tom and Andy) and twin sisters (Jill and Mary)
** ''Six Cousin Series'': Three boys (Jack, Cyril and Roderick) and three girls (Jane, Susan and Melisande)
* GhibliHills: The rather idealised landscapes through which The Famous Five et al roam and adventure.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Perhaps best exemplified in ''The Magic Faraway Tree'' when Dick, frustrated at having his name misheard by a hard-of-hearing character, shouts back at him, "Not Chick, but ''Dick''!". You had to wonder if Enid was just a little bit in on the joke.
** George from the Famous Five has a mother called Fanny. Jo from ''The Faraway Tree'' also had a sister called that.
* IdenticalStranger: Jo the [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsy]] girl is a dead ringer for George
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: a different pattern for each series:
** ''Five Go To Somewhere Or Do Something'' (parodied with the Comic Strip's ''Five Go Mad In Dorset'')
** ''The X of Adventure''
** ''The R Mystery'' (an adjective that begins with R)
** ''Numbered Something at Malory Towers''
** ''Someone or X Form at St Clares''
* KidDetective
* LighthousePoint
* MasterOfDisguise: Fatty in the ''Five Find-Outers'' series.
* MagicalLand
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted (mostly), notably in ''Malory Towers'', in which the logical progression in ages is unavoidable. The Famous Five, however, are notable for being portrayed as in their mid-teens at most even though the preponderance of school holidays gives a timeline of several years. (Cover illustrations have attempted to portray them as older but that creates its own problems.)
* OmniDisciplinaryScientist: Uncle Quentin from the ''Famous five'' novels, although it's more an InformedAttribute. He's also something of a BunnyEarsLawyer as well.
* {{Portmanteau}} / {{Neologism}}: "Delumptious" and "scrumplicious", being the two portmanteaux of "delicious" and "scrumptious". They became famous enough to somewhat enter the language, and are quoted by Zach in ''Literature/GoodnightMisterTom'' for example.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Turn up in various guises in Blyton's books. Usually heavily romanticised.
* RedScare: A lot of the foreign villains have an Eastern European Communist slant to them (especially East German), although they tend to be euphemistically referred to as 'agents of a foreign power'.
* ReformedButRejected: Mirabel in the St Clares series.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Practically all the main characters in Malory Towers - Darrell and Sally, Alicia and Betty, Mary-Lou and Daphne, and there's outright LesYay between Bill and Clarissa.
** A Dutch [[http://www.pitty.nl/ college-set sequel]] makes it a lot more explicit.
* {{Ruritania}}: Tauri-Hessia from the ''Adventure'' series.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: Stock trope, bordering on ArtisticLicenseGeology on occasion.
* ShaggySearchTechnique
* SpaceWhaleAesop: One of her short stories has the message "Don't kill spiders, because if you leave them alone and then lose some money in the street then you might find it later in a web that they weave."
* TeamPet: Most of Blyton's series featured the children with one. Most famous was probably Timmy the Dog from the ''Famous Five'' books (who was the fifth member).
* TheCatCameBack: In "The Three Golliwogs", the golliwogs take advantage of the fact that they look identical to do this to one of their antagonists.
* TheNotableNumeral: ''The Famous Five'' and ''The Secret Seven''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jack Longfield gives one of these to his twin sister Jane about her poor personal hygiene in the first ''Six Cousins'' book.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Are implied to be the hostile foreign power in ''The Adventurous Four'', although they are only ever referred to on page as "the enemy". At [[WorldWarII the time it was published]], it would have been obvious to the readers who they were. The audiobook edition released in the 1990s made it clear that the story was set during WorldWarII and "the enemy" were Nazis, including giving them German accents.
* TimmyInAWell: Used more than once. In the first FamousFive book this happens very literally when Timmy the dog chases a rabbit and falls down an old well. In this case, though, it's the children who rescue the dog, rather than vise-versa!
* TomboyishName: In the Famous Five, Georgina always calls herself George. This is used as an OutOfCharacterAlert in one book.
** The AlternateCharacterInterpretation in FanFic is that George is a [=FtM=] {{Transsexual}}.
** Wilhelmina Robinson of ''Malory Towers'' calls herself (and insists on being called) Bill. Even more tomboyish than George, with the difference that nobody (not her parents, nor teachers, nor classmates) tries to force her into a 'girlish' mould. Consequently she doesn't appear to have a chip on her shoulder.
* TreasureMap: In the first Famous Five book and one of the ''Adventure'' books.
* TrueCompanions: Just about all her series have the kids forming up as friends as close as family, fairly quickly.
* WackyWaysideTribe
* YellowPeril: Subverted with "the King of the Mountain" in ''The Mountain of Adventure'', an Oriental MadScientist who ''seems'' to be an example of this trope, but is in fact just a harmless eccentric who's being manipulated by the real villains.
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