lack of original versions in libraries

lack of original versions in libraries

Post by Gary L. Sander » Sat, 13 Sep 1997 04:00:00



(oops! I pressed the wrong button when I first wrote this, I do NOT want
your books.) Real message follows--
I just went to the main San Jose manin library; and I only found 1 of
the original Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books on the shelf. I just want to
say that I find this a real shame. My wife and I don't have any kids,
but what is the reaction of the children, for those of you who do have
children, to the original versions? Wouldn't they enjoy them just as
much or more than the originals? The revised version are simply poorer
quality stories, with modern (read, soon to be dated) influences. Mark
Twain's books are still read, and nobody has seen fit to rewrite them
with speedboats, rock bands, and GPS navigation systems. I intend to buy
all of the Applewood Nancy Drews and encourage them to publish more
original Hardy Boys. Once I collect and rebind a collection of Hardy
Boys for myself, I think I will start on new sets to donate to
libraries. When I read the stories that were written in the late 20's in
1962, I enjoyed them just fine; I knew that they took place in an
earlier period of time, and accepted the fact. I don't think that this
takes a great deal of imagination on the part of a kid. But, I do think
that it is sad that the shelves are full of only newer, revised
editions.
Regards,
Gary (the 47 year old kid)
P.S. Note to "what's his name", this is another post regarding
"content"! Not a post from a book hawker, but a fan.