Discuss David Rudd’s ‘defence’ of the work of Enid Blyton (Reader 1 pp 168 82) in relation to the prestige conferred

Hence such a comparison highlights the good and bad qualities of Blyton’s works. Some of the short comings of Blyton’s works that have been extensively discussed and criticized include lack of richness and variety in figurative language, flat characters and repetitive plots and settings. Rudd states that, Blyton’s writings have been accused of being cliche ridden seventy five percent so, according to Peter Hunt’s analysis of one passage (172). However this does not means that Blyton did not have a good vocabulary it is just that that she preferred to keep her language easy since her target readers were kids and hence she never wanted her readers to be confused by figurative association or more than one suggestion of meaning in her texts. The claim that Blyton’s characters are flat and plot repetitive are interlinked. As far as the characters are concerned they are not flat but it is just that since she does not makes use of figurative language consequently there are no psychological aspects of their personalities that can be explored. Moreover since the target readers are children it is not particularly necessary. Although the monotony that is observed in her works when it comes to plots of her stories is a redeeming factor that cannot be neglected. As it is also stated in the text, Enid Blyton demonstrated that children are so hungry for stories that they will read the same story over and over, slightly disguised, Elaine Moss claims (173). Regardless of the criticism Blyton’s works receives the phenomenon that she was popular and is still one of the favorites of the children reiterate the fact that although adults are against her writing style yet children love her and this illustrates her success as a children’s writer. Although the critics are of the point of view that Blyton’s use of language lacks the richness of diversity yet it is observed that even her use of simple language help the readers in learning new things as she is observed to be manipulating and playing with the conventions. For example, the dog Timmy is apparently bestowed with the special quality of being able to judge a character and consequently he keeps growling and barking at Mrs. Janes who is old and haggard. Through out the story the dog’s growling hints at her being an evil woman although in the end is proven innocent. This surprise ending on a deeper level suggests that reality is very different from the reality that seems to be true on the surface. So this skill of utilizing little conventions as a tool to teach diverse lessons is a technique that occurs repeatedly in Blyton’s works. As Charles Sarland puts it, Blyton skillfully teaches readers the basic grammar of narrative stance and narrative function (Rudd, 174). Although both the writers Blyton as well as Pullman wrote under the genre of fantasy and fiction yet the manner in which the two writers depict their thoughts is very different. In Blyton’s case her fantastical stories border on the edge of being boring for the adult readers. While Blyton talks about Noddy, Big Ears and the escapades of the wishing chair Pullman talks about the adult and child relationship in Northern Lights and hence provides the readers with a