Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Abridged Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Lets face it, Mark Twain was kind of hacky. The only reason people like him is from his guest apperance in Star Trek TNG. So really It's about time a publisher had the balls to spice up the old Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hopefully this time he rafts down a river of blood, you know cause of all the sparkly vampires.

Due to the slow decline of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being taught in schools because of the use of the “n-word,” which is generally used to describe Huck’s traveling companion Jim, Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books are planning to release a censored version of the book that replaces the n-word with the word “slave.”


Oh yeah, the N-word. I forgot about that. Are we sure we can't add some vampires in there somewhere, maybe a werewolf? No? Oh well.

I'm pretty sure the only reason I find this story interesting is because I'm about 3/4 of the way through Fahrenheit 451 (which as any good geek knows is all about censorship, but not really). Huck Finn is a great book and I'm bummed that it's ruined for people because of the language of the period. Still, editing something like this seems like one of those slippery slope moments all the parents were worried about in Footloose when they decided to ban dancing. Where does it stop? A Brave New World, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Roots or even Footloose? I'm pretty sure someone in it calls Kevin Bacon a queer, although to be fair the dance in the factory is kinda gay.


Macros on January 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM said...

Its been a while since I've read Huck Finn but didn't it portray a black man as an actual human being as opposed to just personal property? And Fahrenheit 451 is about fire fighters who misread their job descriptions I thought?

Instead of gay try g'hey. Like G'day



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