So..At which one did you fancy boarding... Malory Towers or St Clares?!
Soon I would be off to another world ...because that's where she took you.
'They' said that the books had ' limited vocabulary' and 'they' didn't like her 'immature style' which 'they' said was fast paced, with very short sentences and very little description. (SO what?!!)
Enid replied that criticism from people over the age of 12 didn't matter.. (well said Enid ;-)
And then 'they' came forth with the accusations of racism! And that word Golliwog! Oh dear dear me! ;-)
'They' said that she made her foreign characters seem less intelligent! (Claudine, for instance).
But let's face it, the sexism, racism and other attitudes were no different to other authors of the period!
Blyton was like almost every author, a product of the time in which she was writing.
She might well have been frowned upon, but my golly, if you read and enjoyed her books, the memories remain with you always. And most importantly, she got children reading!
To any parent who has ever asked me about their child reading Enid, I have always replied: 'As long as they read a wide variety of other books as well, then I see no problem at all.'
She did me no harm and so her books have taken pride of place on my shelves (amongst JKR ; Pullman, Horowitz, Wilson... etc etc... as I am not totally old fashioned, I hasten to add.
Enid deserves to be there with the rest of them,IMHO).
Finally, if you need reminding..here is a very long list of the books that she penned...