I was sorting out my profile on the Enid Blyton Society forums the other day, and came across this old post. So with a keen sense of “Wow I can use this again!” and with a few added pieces of information I have decided to share my 10 Facts about the Famous Five and Me here on World of Blyton.
Ready? Lets get going then!
1. The first Blyton book I remember reading was “Five go to Mystery Moor” with my mum when I was about eight years old. She did most of the reading, although I tried. I remember getting scared when the boys lost the girls in the fog!
2. My first three Famous Five books were picked out because the owner of the book shop had more than one copy on the shelf. I didn’t want anyone else to be left out! I still have the copies I brought back then now. Three 1995 Hodder versions of Five Fall Into Adventure, Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Go to Mystery Moor.
3. I wrote a book report on The Famous Five in general and read it out to my class when I was in year 4. I don’t think it was anything brilliant, just the standard “four children and a dog who solve mysteries” line. Unfortunately that is long gone and I don’t even have a picture of it to show you, so apologies.
4. My childhood crush then brought me Five Go to Demon’s Rocks for my birthday but it was in the cover of Five Go Off in a Caravan. I still have that misprinted volume. As a consequence I always got the covers for Demon’s Rocks and Caravan mixed up!
5. At the age of 8 or 9 I left Enid Blyton behind for new books, namely Lucy Daniels – I found out later that one does not simply leave Enid Blyton behind!
6. Yet I kept the books. I have never given away an Enid Blyton book. I have given away a few others but I’m a great believer in keeping books, especially Blyton’s. I suppose my mother had a hand in that, thinking that I might grow back into them and forbidding me to get rid of any. It was easy to keep them in a house where you have a librarian as a mother. She kept bringing lots of books home as well!
7. I used to get all the videos of the 90s Famous Five out of the library and watch them on repeat. There were only about three videos in the library and I must have had them for months on end, because my mother was a librarian and kept renewing them all the time so I could watch them. When some of them got deleted from the system, she brought them home for me to keep. Unfortunately I ended up giving them away only to collect them years later!
8. The first time I saw Five Have a Wonderful Time on the TV I saw Marco Williamson had broken his leg and was in plaster. Later on when I had come back to the Famous Five and was reading Five have a Wonderful Time it was a shock for me to read that in the book Julian didn’t have a broken leg! I kept reading solely because I was convinced that it must happen sooner or later! I didn’t as I’m sure you all know! Hilariously enough I later discovered what had happened to Marco. He had broken his leg playing football. Boys! You just can’t trust them not to make a mess of things!
9. Since seeing that episode before reading the book, I have been part convinced that Julian should have a broken leg in the book. It works strangely well in my head, which leaves room for more character development and leadership tests for Dick. He doesn’t have a broken leg if you’re wondering – Julian does lose some hair though!
10. It was an odd dream about the 90s Famous Five that got me back into reading the books again when I was about 12. The three I can remember reading properly after that long gap were Five Run Away Together, Five On a Hike Together and Five Have a Wonderful Time. The former two were primarily because they had Marco on the front – I had a bit of a crush on him, shall we say?
And those were my 10 facts! Hope you laughed at them a lot – some are rather daft but I can promise you that all of them are true. Honest.
Does anyone have any facts about them and Blyton that they would like to share? Come on! Don’t be shy!
All book covers taken from the Enid Blyton Society’s Cave of Books.