The speaker at Aboyne & District Ladies Probus Club’s first meeting of 2012 was a well-known local, Wilson Forbes, who gave an amusing and enlightening talk about ‘The Changing Face of Children’s Stories’.
Members were told that children under the age of 12 were the ones affected by these changes. It would appear that the books and fairy stories that people ‘of a certain age’ read and loved in their innocence as children, were no longer suitable for today’s generation.
Rupert, Noddy, Peter Rabbit and Billy Bunter, to name but a few, were all in some way offensive to today’s society.
It seemed that although reprints of these were still available, because of legislation and health and safety regulations, they were being sanitizsed, making them no longer as exciting and interesting to children as the originals.
Members heard authors like Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl and JK Rowling were being banned in some schools because their stories did not reflect present day society.
They were also told that many of today’s authors were showing a reluctance in writing for the U12s because they were being dictated to on the subject matter and had to consider the story from legislation and health and safety aspects.
The club’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 6, when the speaker will be Laura Smith, talking to members about ‘The Importance of Bumble Bees’.