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#1: Different Paperback editions? Author: TamzinLocation: Edinburgh PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:47 pm
Does anyone know if the different editions of the paperback books were cut differently? I ask because as a child I had paperbacks of "Peggy"and "Carola" which I'd got from my second cousin. I practically knew them by heart I read them so often! Both were eventually thrown away because they got so tatty - "Peggy"'s pages in particular were always falling out of the book.

Anyway last year I got my Gran's complete collection of CS books, a mixture of hardbacks and paperbacks. Both "Peggy" and "Carola" were paperback editions but different editions to the ones I previously had - "Peggy" was published in 1967 with a predominantly orange jacket, and "Carola" was published in 1977 with a predominantly blue cover. The thing is both are abridged from the hardbacks but both also seem to have been cut less than the editions I had as a child. It's just an impression that there are extra details that I really don't recall being in the stories I knew so well as a kid. As I read both back in about October last year I can't point to any specifics now.

Am I gong doolally? If someone could put me out of my misery and tell me definitely whether this is possible or else confirm that my imagination is running away with me I'd be very grateful!

#2:  Author: CarolineLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:42 am
I once did some comparisons for FOCS looking at different paperback editions compared to the original hardbacks. I did it for Island and Jo Returns, I think.

Basically, you can classify the differences between HBs and Pbs as either omissions (i.e. cutting of anything from a phrase to a chapter to an entire storyline) or alterations (i.e. updating individual words etc.).

Generally speaking, the omissions from the HB seem to be common to all paperback editions. However, the updating or altering of specific words and phrases varies tremendously between paperback editions (e.g. coach for charabanc, car for motor, sugar the pill rather than jam for the powder etc.).

Other things are different too - capitalisation of words like Prefect or Staff vary, some words can be Americanised in different editions (e.g. apologize rather than apologise), and non-English speech and words loses the italics it originally had etc.

Generally speaking (again!) the 1960s PBs were very similar to the HBs in terms of format, print and language, and were only cut for length. The later PBs had a lot of other changes too, but don't typically have more cuts.


#3:  Author: TamzinLocation: Edinburgh PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:37 pm
Oh well. Guess I'm imagining it then Embarassed

#4:  Author: CarolineLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:25 am
Not necessarily - I only did comparisons on a couple of titles, and both were of the 'minor cuts only' variety. Who's to say how my findings compare to the rest of the series....

Very Happy

#5:  Author: KatherineLocation: London, UK PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:04 pm
I have the vague idea that people have said similar things but no one has ever done a full comparison; it’d be a nightmare as there are so many editions. I wouldn’t be too surprised if with the odd book they decided to do slightly different cuts from the last time the PB was published.

#6:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:32 pm
At one point I had two different armada editions of Three Go, and there were definitely differences there, one that sticks in my mind was the scene where the kids dress up as red indians. The newer edition had different arrangements for who got cleaned up in which bathroom. (unfortunately I disposed of the older copy, so I can't check details.)
Another thing that was edited out of the later armada editions was smoking references. The second style armada of Exile had both Jo AND Jack carrying lighters (in the picnic scene) but the third style edition had only Jack having a lighter.

#7:  Author: Lisa_TLocation: Belfast PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:46 pm
Yes, and the pbs of Theodora differ re the first chapter in particular. I've had both the white spine and the two-in-one orange version, and there's a difference.

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