Author of the extremely popular kids horror series, Goosebumps, R.L. Stine, has come out and stated that the publisher of his books edited their content and censored some of it without first getting his permission. This follows hot on the heels of the censorship by woke publishers of Roald Dahl’s classic books, which has angered fans of the work around the world.
Stine reacted to the news of his books being put under the proverbial knife after The Times issued a report stating that he had partnered up with Scholastic to edit the books as part of a 2018 ebook re-release, noting that over 100 edits were made, the Daily Wire reported.
The Times later corrected the error saying the books “were changed without his knowledge.”
“The stories aren’t true. I’ve never changed a word in Goosebumps. Any changes were never shown to me,” Stine stated in response to a reader who was upset with the changes.
Lindsey, the stories aren’t true. I’ve never changed a word in Goosebumps. Any changes were never shown to me.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) March 6, 2023
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Scholastic then put out a statement saying, “For more than 30 years, the Goosebumps series has brought millions of kids to reading through humor with just the right amount of scary. Scholastic takes its responsibility seriously to continue bringing this classic adolescent brand to each new generation.”
“When re-issuing titles several years ago, Scholastic reviewed the text to keep the language current and avoid imagery that could negatively impact a young person’s view of themselves today, with a particular focus on mental health,” Scholastic finished.
Check out further details from the DW report:
Some of the edits made by Scholastic include “cheerful” instead of “plump,” removing villains making victims “slaves,” removing a reference to wolf-whistling, and removing descriptions of one character as looking like a “bowling ball” and having “squirrel cheeks.”
Sixty-two books were published in the original series, and the 2015 film “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black, made $158 million at the box office. In the 1990s, the “Goosebumps” books sold roughly four million copies a month when they were at their hottest.
The publisher of Roald Dahl, who wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and “The BFG,” among other works, collaborated with the Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the works’ copyright and trademarks, to make hundreds of alterations in order not to offend anyone with Dahl’s original works.
There is nothing sacred from the woke revisionists who are slowly, but surely attempting to destroy our culture and weaken future generations, transforming them into perpetually offended whelps who cry and whine over anything and everything.