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Malory Towers – How do you rate Malory Towers?

May 24, 2007 – Rachael says: Malory Towers is one of my all time favourite books, I love the whole atmosphere of Darell and her friends. I always feel like I'm there with them! I want you to rate Malory Towers to see all your views. I give it an A* - 10/10. Please tell me what you think!
May 26, 2007 – vinayak says: Racheal, Malory Towers is my all time favourite too. When reading Malory Towers, I feel I want to join a boarding school. It would be fun being in the world of madcaps, sharp tongues, sensibles, and so on. This friend of mine is enchanted by Malory Towers that she actually pretends to be Darrell and talks to an imaginary Sally and Alicia and Clarissa and this and that. Malory Towers has taught me to work hard and be sensible. The speech of Miss Grayling is very inspiring too. EB educates her readers while entertaining them. Thanks a lot EB!!
May 29, 2007 – Jeni says: Vinayak! Great words! I agree wholeheartedly with you. I've read both Malory Towers AND St. Clares and it makes me yearn in my heart that I too, had attended a boarding school for girls in England. Back in the days when honor, honesty, obedience, hard work meant something! (unlike today) And YES, EB DOES educate her readers while entertaining us! Vinayak, well said!
June 1, 2007 – vinayak says: Jeni, I am glad you agree with me. Yes you are absolutely right, today people lack honesty and obedience. Today most children wish to be stubborn and how much ever they are told, they don't try to work hard. The main problem is that the teachers (some of them) as well as the children, both are not devoted. EB has set an example of how children should be. Every child on the earth must read Malory Towers. It would do good to them and yes, soon there will be boarding schools thanking EB!
June 6, 2007 – Melissa says: I got Malory Towers a couple years ago, I am 14 now and I still love the books. Of course, now that I live in the US most people don't undestand it. I rate it 10/10!
July 20, 2007 – sarayu satish says: The three words I'd love describing the girls at Malory Towers and the words which frequently appear are 'awfully decent underneath'. It does spread a warm spirit and contagious kindness. I don't mind reading the book all over again for the umpteenth time as I feel, every time you read it, you get a different experience! The first time I read it, I felt bad for Darrell in the first term, then when I read it the second time, I felt bad for Sally, and the third time, for poor Mary Lou. Time after time, I get new feelings. So, it's definitely a 10/10!! Or an a+ grade as the same words produce different feelings!
July 23, 2007 – vinayak says: Love your three words describing the girls at Malory Towers, Sarayu Satish. I feel Malory Towers has thousands of emotions in it. You only have to unlock them. ( Do I sound poetic??! ) I have learnt so many things from Malory Towers. In the first and second book I learn from mary Lou. Though she is afraid of a million things, she takes the courage of jumping into the pool, sneaking out in the night and deleviring a parcel in a stormy night, all for the sake of a friend. She believes in Darrel although the circumstances are against Darrel. In the third book I learnt from Zerelda and Mavis that vanity is always punished. ( as said by Laura Canning ) In the fouth book I learnt from Gwen that Deceit and Cheating are the shortcuts to - trouble! In the fifth book I learnt that the hardest of hardest person has a tender heart somewhere in him or her. eg- Moira. And finally in the sixth book I learnt that sweets, cakes, money are no medium to get a good friend. I learnt this from Jo. These lessons and messages make EB my favourite author. Once again I say in big fat proud letters- EB EDUCATES HER READERS WHILE ENTERTAINING THEM.
July 24, 2007 – Spoorti says: Malory Towers is an awesome series. With all the jokes and lacrosse matches. It is something like Harry Potter. But sometimes I think Harry Potter is not as good as Malory Towers.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: EnidBlyton says: What, only sometimes? ;-)
July 24, 2007 – Mercy says: In fact it's the wrong way round... I mean, Harry Potter is a story about an English boarding school, where instead of chemistry they study potions, for example. It's obvious that JK Rowling read Malory Towers as a kid (I think she admitted that, in fact, sometime). I loved Malory Towers when I was a child, so when I read Harry Potter I loved it too! ;-) Not the best literature in the world, I know, but lovely books the two of them, and isn't it important too?
July 24, 2007 – Jeni says: Please pardon my usual 'bluntness' - but in my opinion, to compare Enid Blyton's books to Harry Potter books, is like comparing a garden of fragrant tea roses to a SKUNK in defense mode: doing what only skunks can do best - emitting the most memorable, highly unforgettable odor that I can possible think of.
July 24, 2007 – jeni says: Again! Good for you Vinayak! Reach over and pat yourself on your back, for being strong in your convictions and high standards and principles and not giving in to the social and moral deterioration and degradation so prevalent in today's society. And as for anybody who disagrees with my last statement, I think you need to look at the news more often, or on the internet for either CNN or FOX news. I am not known for exaggerating. (well, maybe sometimes... !)
July 24, 2007 – jeni says: I didn't mean to 'offend' Harry Potter fans by my last comment. My opinion is simply that the 2 authors are vastly different and REALLY shouldn't be compared, just like you cannot compare roses to skunks. Each have their purpose and their uses. Roses are used to make perfumes and etc., skunk oil is used in traps when trappers try to catch animals like foxes, coyotes and raccoons. Skunk skins make great movie props starring the likes of Abbott and Costello and some people like wearing hats made of skunk. Each has its use. I myself prefer roses to skunk oil, but that's just MY preference. As I said before time and again, people ARE all different.
July 24, 2007 – Ming says: Does that mean that you're like me in thinking that Blyton is DEFFO the BEST author in the world, Keith?? ;-) Back to the original question, I find the school stories really irritating at times. But I would say Malory Towers gets 6/10 from me.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Honestly, I find it impossible and somewhat pointless trying to compare Blyton with Rowling. It's easier to compare more similar series, such as Jennings and Just William, which are written in a similar well-spoken but tongue-in-cheek style, and follow the exploits of some daft kids. But a wizard battling monsters at a magical school compared to ordinary girls (muggles?) at an ordinary school? *scratches head*
July 26, 2007 – Spoorti says: Yup... Harry Potter and Malory Towers are sort of different. I mean in Malory Towers the grammar's good but not that good in HP. In HP you can imagine a lot. Like dragons and a giant, goblin, potions which can make you look like someone else etc... J. K. Rowling and Enid Blyton are unique in different ways and both do a really good job. If Enid Blyton lived in 21st century and released her books I'm 100% sure she would be equal with Rowling.
July 26, 2007 – Ming says: Enid would probably beat Rowling! By the way, I was looking at a Bangla magazine today, and the cover picture is a photo of Rowling and Potter. "Magician Rowling and Potter" was written in Bangla (I've translated it), but Rowling was written as "Raoling" - in other words, rhyming with "howling"! I wondered what fans thought of it. ;-)
July 27, 2007 – Anonymous says: EB has her own style of writing and JKR has her own style of writing. There is no question about comparing EB and JKR. I am a great fan of HP and I'm also a great fan of EB. I can't compare both these authors because their style of writing is different from each other.
July 27, 2007 – Nigel Rowe says: I think Hogwarts School is in Scotland, not England, Mercy. That aside, I really can't compare the Malory Towers and other EB school stories with JKR's Harry Potter series. I love the Blyton school books, but the complexities, planning and imagination that went into Harry Potter is in a different league to the fairly repetitive, basic story-telling of the Blyton stories.
July 28, 2007 – Vinayak says: Equal with Rowling? Spoorti, EB would have written much much much better than JKR!! I wouldn't say 'sorry HP fans' or 'sorry to dissapoint HP fans' like many do because I don't regret what I have said! Of course JKR is a good author but EB IS MUCH BETTER. You can imagine more in EB's books too, about goblins, dragons, witches, trolls, giants, gnomes, dwarfs, imps, pixies and so on. So what I feel is that EB could have and HAS written much better than JKR.
July 29, 2007 – Vinayak says: Ming, Khub Bhalo Cho!! (means Very Nice in English) I hope my Bangla sentence was correct! (I speak a little Bangla or Bengali as called here in India.) Rowling can also be pronounced as H(R)owling! Ha ha ha. And Jeni, you make my English shy away by your super top executive job like words from some God knows which dictionary.
August 1, 2007 – Ming says: Vinayak, your phrase was right - or WOULD be right if you cut out "cho". ;-) Bangla, Bengali, both are correct - I tend to use 'Bangla' as that is what the language is called in our schools.
August 1, 2007 – Laura says: The only comparison between the Harry Potter series and the Malory Towers series is that they are both placed in a boarding school setting. While in the Malory Towers books that's the main part of the story, in the HP books it's just a background. That little boarding school theme makes it extra nice to read.
August 3, 2007 – Jeni says: Vinayak, I've a high school diploma, never attended college, never wanted to. I've sort of got a 'Jeni dictionary' you see! So bear with me, so long as you get my meaning, all is well. In fact I consider YOU a genius if you are able to make sense of MY writing! Also don't forget we artists tend to lean on the 'weird' side and our words match the weirdness! Also note that I worked as executive secretary in some top notch firms in NYC, so that might have a bearing on my own particular 'language'!
August 3, 2007 – Jeni says: NIGEL, I AGREE with you, (then again, I can't recall disagreeing with you about anything at all!). Hey, I learned that you're married to this beautiful woman. Well, would she and you consider adopting me as your daughter then, albeit my 45 years of age? It would be an indescribable honor to be a part of YOUR family! Cheers to you and yours! I understand you've already adopted Ming, and I absolutely adore Ming! What a picture that would be? What are your thoughts on this, dearest Nigel?!
August 3, 2007 – Jeni says: People need to be aware of this fact: some of you may choose to laugh what I am about to say but that's your choice: Harry Potter's books have demonic themes and 'threads' as you put them here and are liable to cause little children nightmares. The fact is that demons are very real and can do very real harm to us, not just children. If any of you decide to disagree with me, I suggest you do a 'google' search or your local library or dictionary and look up the word 'demon'. You might not like the results. To prove me wrong, you'd have to work and try very hard to prove me WRONG. Believe me, I've seen the damage and death caused people by demons. So that's the main problem I have against Harry Potter and even the mention of the name. You ever heard of stories of people getting sick and dying for no absolute reasons (according to doctors), or people getting bodily thrown out of top hotel windows? Believe, they're not all fake. Those of you from England MUST have known of 'stonehenge', where bodies miraculously 'levitate' with nothing holding them up, and the party continues at stonehenge, those people totally unaware of what's the real deal. And last but not least, the movie "Exorcist' was based upon a true story, only the main character was a boy. Memoirs were recorded by the priest and kept in a locked room, but then a fire burnt that entire building to the ground. AGAIN, I must remind any of you, if you intend to question me, or 'fight' me on any of this stuff, DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST, ON DEMONS and what they're capable of. All this is just a friendly warning to you all. It's just me caring for the lot of you.
August 3, 2007 – jeni says: Vinayak, you should read my next posting about Harry Potter and Rowling. It'd make your hair fall out. As to my English, it's all a pretense to make myself smart, which I ain't. It's just a cover up, so don't shy away, please don't. Deep down inside, I'm so shy I'm pathetic, so I use those words to cover up the real me. Does that help you?
August 4, 2007 – Nigel Rowe says: Jeni - consider yourself adopted, my child! Don't fret too much about Stonehenge, I live 5 miles from it, and I've never heard of bodies levitating. I think you've been having too much Scottish Wine!! ;-)
August 18, 2007 – Zehra says: Well, how did Harry come in? Jeni, that you find Harry Potter skunk oil does not mean the rest of the world agrees with you. We are talking about Blyton not Rowling. Why compare two books of completely different themes who do not have much in common? I am not advocating on Harry's behalf. The theme in Harry is more good vs. evil and M.T. is more normal like us and what happens to normal girls like us. The small joys and the the big rows, the fun the frolick, the tricks and all that school life stuff. Malory Towers is an all time fave and I love them. I can continue reading them till I am 100 or even more. They are so special. So many sweet memories are attached to them. How we all in school tell the lines "As cool as Alicia!'' or ''You've been blessed with Darrel's temper". These books are so close to me.
August 24, 2007 – Jeni says: My dear Zehra. My comments on Rowling's books were written out of concern, love and care for my fellow human beings. Demons DO exist and have, can, and will continue to harm people. I'm sorry you feel that way about my comments. I'm just reiterating that my comments are based upon concern and care for my true friends here on this website - not with anything personal to do with Rowling or her books.
August 27, 2007 – Anonymous says: Jeni, do demons really exist? Where are they found? The second question might sound stupid, but I'm very curious about the location of demons! Please let me know soon. I'd be really grateful if you tell me all you know about demons.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Um, this might be straying a bit from the subject of Enid Blyton! Perhaps if Anonymous supplies as email address to me I can pass this on to Jeni so she can (if she wants) reply to you personally.
August 27, 2007 – Zehra says: Hey Jeni, I seem to like you better. I totally respect your views and um... humanitarian acts. So, who is your fave character(s)? If you ask me, it will always be Irene, Alicia, Belinda and Gwen.
August 28, 2007 – rogoz says: "If Enid Blyton lived in 21st century" I can safely predict she would be so disoriented by the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society that makes up Merry England today, she wouldn't write another word. PS - You can make a fortune Jeni, if you bottle your demons and sell them on eBay seeing as Keith doesn't want them.
August 28, 2007 – Nitya says: Keith, it was me who wanted to know about demons. Hopefully, Jeni'll be able to reply. Thanks
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Thanks, I'll pass your email on to Jeni then.
August 30, 2007 – Nigel Rowe says: Re:Demons - Yes, I agree, Keith. In case people get worried about demons, there is no proof that they exist. If there were proof, there wouldn't be a question of belief! However, I would strongly advise that we don't delve into this subject, there are enough things to worry about in this life, than supernatural beings that are mostly imaginary. Before we criticise the Potter series for delving into magic, let's not forget that pixies, elves, fairies and goblins are all supernatural beings, closely related to Demons! Enchanted Forest, anybody? ;-)
September 2, 2007 – kiwimusume says: Spoorti - by "equal with Rowling", what do you mean? Do you mean she'd get the same readership? I'd have to disagree there. I think a lot of young people today would find Blyton's tone a bit preachy. Harry Potter has its fair share of morals too (so much so that somebody actually wrote a self-help book called If Harry Potter Ran General Electric), but they're delivered in a much subtler way, which makes them a lot easier for the young population to swallow. That's not to say that I don't like Enid's books, or that they're not well-written. I really enjoy her school stories, and when I'm bored I'm more likely to pick up one of my Malory Towers books than one of my Harry Potter books. Just saying that if she were to release books in the 21st century she'd need to be a lot subtler (and a lot less black and white) with her morals, or she wouldn't be able to reach a lot of today's young people. That said, it'd be interesting to see what she'd come up with if she were writing now. There are so many issues these days that weren't around (or weren't so much) in the 40s and 50s...
January 12, 2008 – Leonie says: I love Malory Towers, it is my all time fave series! I have read every book 6 times the whole way through!
February 23, 2008 – Mimsy says: How do I rate Malory Towers? I have been reading Malory Towers at my tender years, that is seven. I liked to "nicker" my eldest sister's stuffs and she, too loves Enid Blyton. That's when I found MT. It was a bit difficult for me to read it because the fonts are too small. However, I finally finished reading it and clamouring for another. Even my sister got a shock!!!
February 24, 2008 – Mimsy Kirana says: The Malory Towers is very much a good series, including the best-telling way of tricks and jokes cast upon their teachers. I like the series so much!!!
March 21, 2008 – Olivia Brown says: Malory Towers is a brilliant series! I love the atmospere of the boarding school and the friendship that all the pupils seem to have with the teachers. The books are really easy to read I love this series!!
April 11, 2008 – SD says: Man, we're going away from from rating MT. OK, like how they grade my Exams. -30/30 100% A+. I've never read a Harry Potter, my mom HATES them. I cant disobey her (I don't like what I've heard about them) after all the books she buys me, now can I? :-)
September 9, 2008 – Kathleen Gregory says: Malory Towers is my all time favourite too. When reading Malory Towers, I feel I want to join a boarding school. It would be fun being in the world of madcaps, sharp tongues, sensibles, and so on. This friend of mine is enchanted by Malory Towers that she actually pretends to be Darrell and talks to an imaginary Sally and Alicia and Clarissa and this and that. Malory Towers has taught me to work hard and be sensible. The speech of Miss Grayling is very inspiring too. EB educates her readers while entertaining them. Thanks a lot EB!! PS I have complete evey book of MT series. WHAT do you think of that?
September 28, 2008 – Tuba says: MT is a good book and I rate it 9/10.
September 28, 2008 – Alicia says: Malory Towers - 9. 5/10. Now Hp with with EB? No way. JKR but in over 10 years of dedicated effort and passion to write seven of the best books ever. Although I'm a major fan of EB, I have to admit, JKR is much better. I don't think you can even compare the two authors - their style is different. JKR's creatures are actually made up ones while EB's are ones that are pretty common in everyone's minds. Also, HP having a 'demonic theme'? I don't think so. Tbh, there are many 7/8 yr olds who watch HP movies and they've never gotten nightmares - it's all just magic. Wizardry and Witchcraft. Compare EB and JW, I'd say EB was a hundred times better, compare EB with JKR, JKR's much better.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It never ceases to amaze me as to why people keep on comparing the two authors? Why should one be "better" than the other? I don't see "Blyton is better than Roald Dahl," for example...
September 29, 2008 – Alicia says: Jeni - bodies levitating with nothing holding them in in the Stonehenge? Whaaaa-? Jeni, I used to live three miles away from that place for 4 years of my life and throughout those 4 years, I swear hand on heart - I have never seen a body levitate. It's not proven that demons exsist - if they did, there wouldn't be a reason to ask if they did. Fatty, I can't understand why EB and JKR are compared either [I didn't start the argument]. They have completely different styles of writing. But people never compare EB with JW. Why not - they write pretty much the same genre - why not compare them?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have never seen a volcano, but that doesn't mean they don't exist! In my old age (or ditage, as it has been put) I get confused with all of these initials - Tbh, JW......? I now live quite near to Stonehenge; you wouldn't believe what I've seen happening there.....
September 30, 2008 – Natalie says: I could not see why people like JKR better than EB. I admit, her books are pretty clever and riveting. But Enid Blytonís writings are better in my opinion. At least they arenít so lengthy and spooky! JKRís books are so long that many times I forget all about the characters and events and have to start all over again. JKR has a good imagination to think of characters that no one could invent and her style is fine too. In my opinion, both are excellent in their own way of wriiting, though I prefer EB. By the way, what is this talk about bodies levitating? I havenít seen anything floating in the air yet (and I hope I donít, such things give me hallucinations). Try this to make a ping-pong ball levitate Ė hold it above a hair dryer thatís on and most likely, itíll levitate. PS ĖWhat has Fatty seen? Surely, itís not a huge demon juggling with the stones?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Just go to a few Summer Solstice events, and all will become clear (well, kind of clear.....)
October 1, 2008 – Alicia says: Fatty, I never mentioned tha volcanoes didn't exist - it's been proven that they exist. But bodies levitating in the Stonehenge - that hasn't been proven. And JW is Jacqueline Wilson. And what did you see there anyway Fatty [Just out of interest].?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Can't say; not on an Enid Blyton site!
October 10, 2008 – Carlotta says: Malory Towers is indeed great as the girls there are so sensible and also there is no sneaking. I love that "rule"! In other words, girls who are decent don't sneak. My favourite characte is the strong, firm, Sally as she's kind of like the character I am, in school. Darrell's all right, next to Sally. Bill and Clarissa are certainly two determined characters! Oops. I've gone too far. Just to say that Malory Towers is an A*** book and I award it 1000000/100.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've never gone along with this "no sneaking" nonsense. If someone is doing something wrong, then they need to be reported!
October 13, 2008 – Larry, 1st Mystery FFO says: Oh yes, but Fat-One, if you'll read the Naughtiest Girl books you'll see that there's a lot of difference between serious complaints and "telling tales"! PS - Harry Potter is MUCH better than ANY other book!!! Just my opinion. By the way, Jeni, demons DON'T EXIST. You're kidding. And yes, I Googled. What did I came up with? "Supernatural creatures". Now what d'you say? PPS - The FFO series are the second best after HP!
Bets says... Bets says: May I ask who you are referring to as "Fat-One"? And all that about demons is done with. There has been a lot of argument over these issues and we do not want them to arise any more, so we would request everyone not to discuss them further.
October 13, 2008 – Nigel Rowe says: I imagine we can still discuss DEMON'S Rocks???!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You are so funny......
October 13, 2008 – Anita says: Not to mention the game of Racing Demon in "The Secret of Moon Castle" and the Demon King in "In the Fifth at Malory Towers"!
Fatty says... Fatty says: And so are you! ;-)
October 13, 2008 – Jeni says: Larry, 1st Mystery FFO: Larry, you're real SMART! Good thing you insisted it's "just YOUR opinion"! Oh, also Larry Dear - I wouldn't advise you to refer to people as "fat one". NOT a good idea, take my word for it. As to the existence of 'demons', again, "your opinion", and that's perfectly legal. But I beg to differ, PLEASE DON'T comment on Harry Potter on THIS website, mayhaps you've found the WRONG website? You need to seek out a HARRY POTTER website to sing your praises, OK chappie? In case you haven't noticed, this is an ENID BLYTON website! hip hip. HURRAH!! (er. For Blyton, that is. ).
October 13, 2008 – Jeni says: Fatty, I've got to admit, sometimes I agree with you, sometimes I don't. About the 'sneaking' issue, that's a 'gray' area. If somebody is playing with matches in a corner of the school and the possibility exists that the school might burn down as a result of those matches, then I'd feel OBLIGATED, FORCED or PRESSURED (call it what you will) to report the matter to the higher authorities and frankly, I don't CARE who calls me a SNEAK in such a matter! Cuz it'd be better to be a live sneak than a DEAD sneak, no? However, there are other circumstances where sneaking would be considered a betrayal of trust - that is - in non life threatening circumstances and things like that. In such cases, the 'sneaker' would be up to no good, other than to arouse suspicion, camouflage jealousy or just want to stir up plain trouble. So you see, Fatty, it just 'depends'. It depends on the SITUATION.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Swatimeant!
October 14, 2008 – Jeni says: Er. Fatty Dahling, I've been thinking about things and I need to re-phrase my earlier comment on "sneaking". I was WRONG and YOU are absolutely CORRECT! There is no gray area, a sneak is a SNEAK. Period. In fact, the word "sneak" should be renamed "hero", somebody with real GUTS who steps up to the plate to tell the truth instead of cowering for fear of earning his/her friends' disapproval. There now, Fatty, I'm back to agreeing with YOU 100%. That does make me feel bettah! You're MY hero, dear ol' Fatty!
October 15, 2008 – Alicia says: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Jeni, CALM DOWN! Fatty, I never get along with sneaking, but in life-threatening situations, sneaking is helpful. But when it comes to spreading someone's secret around which is betreyal of trust as Jeni's so kindly mentioned, sneaking is wrong. And Larry, sweetie, I'd advise you not to call people "fat-one", it's called being 'rude'.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I guess it is up to the individual's conscience. :-)
October 15, 2008 – Nigel Rowe says: Fatty was referred to as "The Fat One" in one of the novels, so I guess he won't be too upset! By the way, what's ALL this WITH the capital LETTERS? As for sneaking, it depends on the severity of the misdemeanor. If it's theft or anything likely to hurt the victim, then I would have a word with the person suggesting he stops; if he doesn't, then I would definitely report him. That's not sneaking, it's crime prevention! By the way, Jeni; I thought *I* was your hero?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Seconds Out! ;-)
October 15, 2008 – jeni says: Sorry 'bout the capital letters, dear Nigel. Blame it on my bipolarism and one of my many 'symptoms' is over-excitement (mania). I can see why it would come across as "odd" on this talk forum. Er (sheepishly) you still are my hero, dear Nigel, however I do think Fatty is kind of cute! However, Nigel Baby - you'll always be my #1! Alicia, you say you're mildly autistic? I am bipolar. Sometimes I get carried away and capitalize stuff when I get overly excited. I need to work on that.
October 16, 2008 – Alicia says: Jeni, bipolar? Is that manic depression or something? Yeah, I am mildly autistic and hypersensitive. Nigel, I'm sorry about the capital letters too - blame that on my [mild] autism and hypersenitivity. When I get carried away I use 'xD' or 'xP' or ':D' and occassioanlly '<3'. And when I get over excited, I use a LOT of exclamation marks ['!'] and capital letters. It's also a symptom of autism - to have obsession with certain movements, actions or words/phrases/symbols.
October 16, 2008 – Jeni says: Alicia, yes, bipolar-ism includes manic depressive episodes - which is why you won't see me for months at a time on this forum then all of a sudden I'll reappear. It's a horrible illness - I won't split hairs about it - yes it's considered a 'mental illness', so is depression. In bipolar-ism, I deal with 'highs and lows' - instances were I am so outgoing, sociable, talkative and excitable that I would switch from topic to topic in minutes and unable to stop talking excitedly. During the 'lows', which are the depressive 'downs' of the disease, I become very antisocial, moody, quiet and cry a lot. I'm not ashamed to describe any of this because there are people out there who have this disease and are afraid/ashamed to talk about it. There is nothing to be ashamed about, especially when there are excellent medications out there to help people to deal with the problem and lead fairly normal lives. I don't know a lot about autism, but what I do know about it, is that some autistic people are geniuses - way above average intelligence than normal people. Also, many of them are awesomely talented.
October 16, 2008 – Alicia says: Jeni, it sounds terrible, especially the depressive downs. Hope it's alright on you. I'm not too social tbh, but I have a few friends. I doubt whether I'm a genius - but I know that many autistic people can predict the day on which a certain date will fall - like 12th September 2008 was a Friday, an autistic person would be able to tell that in January 2008 or even in 2007. It's something like that I think, but I can't do it. I'm an accurate and observant artist, I have a sharp and photographic memory and I can memorize long lists and although it has nothing to do with autism I play both keyboard [Grade 6] and guitar [self-taught]. I don't have any language or educational problems so I can be educated in the 'normal' pattern. I am negative on purpose and like having an opinion that differs from others. I don't talk too much, but I can be sarcastic and funny with the few people I open up to. I like having a world of my own and making up my own characters and I don't really mind talking to walls sometimes xD. Jeni, you're good too =D. I know, it's unfair being called 'geek' or 'boffin' isn't it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think we'll have to draw a line under this now; interesting as it may be, this section is called Talk About Blyton, after all. Maybe in the future we could consider a General Chat Board, but for now it's all about Blyton!
October 17, 2008 – Jeni says: Uh-oh Alicia, we both need to get back on Fatty's good side! We need to get back to "Blyton". Got any other juicy Blyton story titbits you'd like to discuss? Right now, I'm kinda lagging behind, it's been way too long since I picked up a Blyton - any Blyton. See if you can find an interesting Blyton thread and we'll take it up, OK!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I won't be falling out with you two, but glad we agree, Jeni!
October 17, 2008 – Alicia says: Agreed Jeni, we must stop this discussion. I'll check out some of the old topics now.
January 12, 2009 – hope189 says: Sorry, Fatty, to comment on those old topics again. But, I just couldn't resist it. Jeni, dear, no offence meant, but, reading books should be about imbibing the message of the book, not about finding out whether they have demonic threads or not. HP books DO NOT have demonic threads as they focus a lot on good vs evil, bravery, courage, love, friendship and all that stuff. If you compare EB and JKR with an open mind, you would find a lot of similarity as both authors stressed on the same things only in different ways. For instance, both tell us that good always triumphs over evil. Only, EB was more straight forward about it whereas JK was more subtle. You have to admit that you never get the thrill you get from reading HP when you read EB books. Similarly, the enjoyment of reading Blyton is unique, completely out of the world!Compare the books, to find out the highlights of each but not to criticize! Alicia, I once read a book about autism. The autistic girl in the story could say what day it was if you provided her with the date. (just like you said)She was a musical genius too. I don't think you are autistic. In fact, you sound a lot like me. SMART. (oops!Does that sound conceited?)I play the guitar too, but I am not too good. OK, time to stop my "off-the track" message! Um. Fatty. Am I still on your good side?: -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Course you are! ;-) Nothing wrong with the occassional rabbit!
January 19, 2009 – Jeni says: Hope my Dear, Do us both a favor. To exactly what comment of mine are you referring, re: demons? I've written a lot of comments throughout the past 2 years or so, and I'm afraid I do not make it a habit of reading or re-reading my 'older' comments on a daily basis. So, pardon me, but please quote whatever comment of mine you are referring to, so that I may properly respond to such. I do not have the time to search through the 'hundreds' of my comments for the comment that you are referring to. Tx! Jeni.
January 20, 2009 – hope189 says: Jeni, I was reffering to the messages you wrote on August 3rd and 24th, 2007. Gosh! You posted that about one and a half years before! You have written a lot of messages. So, I understand why it is difficult to keep track of them.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Nothing like raking up the past, eh? ;-)
January 21, 2009 – Jeni says: Er, Hope, my dear (grimacing: aaarrghhh), under what heading, topics, or captions (whatever), did I make those comments? Help me, please! Giving me the dates don't help me in the least!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Just scroll up dear Jeni, the comments are in this thread! Mind you, I think the topic was discussed to the death then; do we really want to open it all up again?
January 22, 2009 – Jeni says: Right again, Fatty, ol' Chum, I really don't feel like dredging up 'old' comments. I stated the facts as I know them back then, and it's people's prerogative to disagree with me or not.
August 5, 2009 – April June says: I rate Malory Towers as the best boarding school series Enid Blyton has ever written. I find it better than St. Clare's series and The Naughtiest Girl series, even though I read The Naughtiest Girl series first. Malory Towers really is the best!
June 26, 2010 – annie abraham says: Its awesome. Its not just fun but we get to learn some morals too. Necessary for a school girl. So do read it please!!!!!!!!!!
February 2, 2011 – Sofia Aggelidou says: I give Malory Towers and St. Clare's series the same rating! I've read both of the series and I just can't decide the series I like most! I can't rate The Naughtiest Girl because I can't find it to read it! That's all!
February 25, 2011 – Emma says: I love Malory Towers so much(I am certain you all know that). I give it 10/10,5 stars,100% and an A++++++++++++. I love Malory Towers so much. Ask me anything on it and I will know it. B. T. W It is ten thousand times better than St. Clares well for me.
March 17, 2011 – Daniel says: I feel that Malory Towers is the best book in the WORLD! I love this book soo much that I finished one book in one day! I also tried the trick of the invisible chalk on my friends! (but it didn't work)
Bets says... Bets says: That's a pity, but I'm glad you had some fun!
March 19, 2011 – maxine says: If there was a shelf and they had all of EB's books, I would defiantly bring down Malory Towers first. All of the characters and the switching scenes, the great thing is that there isn't really a main character, but all of the girls are included with their very own parts throughtout the series. I would rate Malory Towers 10/10. It's a great series. I read it again and again and never get bored with it, because each time I read I understand a bit more of what is happening around in the story- Yep this is-.
March 24, 2012 – Trisha says: Of course, Malory towers has always been the best book. I rate it 100/10!! Not even that, infinite!!
Bets says... Bets says: Could you please user fewer exclamation marks next time, please? I think two is just enough to get your point across - 8-10 of them side by side is a bit overkill. Thanks! :-)
November 13, 2012 – apria says: The Harry Potter books are nothing compared to Malory Towers! you know, I am at school at this very moment, and I have got a Malory Towers book in my bag! I am lending a few books to my friend, and we would just talk endlessly about Malory Towers on school trips! *sighs*.
June 1, 2013 – Sapna says: There's nothing that makes me laugh out as loud as a good old EB book (with its amusing tricks and treats) but this post has dared venture close to it, the way it has meandered from its original topic to cover thousand different subjects under the sun. Hilarious! Malory Towers: 11/10 I'm 23 and still read as many children's books as I can: Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Heidi. Books from different ages, I savour them all. Why should one be better than the other? In fact reading books from different ages has made me aware of how we have evolved, better than any history teacher could teach me. One thing I've learnt from reading books of different eras: times change, basic human nature never does.
June 5, 2017 – Avan N. Cooverji says: I have just started to re read the Malory Towers series after years. I intend to read the whole series as written by Enid Blyton step by step but not any newer version or additions as I feel that will be a transgression. It will be really interesting to see the characters develop and the various incidents take place. Already the characteristics and traits of the various girls are taking shape from the very first book and must say Enid Blyton was most adept at lending them practicality and colour and making the readers feel as if they themselves are present and going through all that is taking place. Thank you Enid Blyton for providing me with many hours of enjoyable reading and taking me into another time and place.
November 3, 2017 – Samridhi says: Hi, I am Samridhi. I am twelve and I have read the whole Malory Towers series, beginning to end, including the ones by Pamela Cox too. And my, like Felicity and her form got very solemn and sad in the end, I too got very solemn and sad indeed. I know there's no school like Malory Towers in reality, but how I wish there was. This is my favorite series ever, and is there any film or TV series on Malory Towers? Well, I wanted to ask that as Pamela continues the series for Felicity, can't someone continue it for Daffy, with someone from Darell's family and one from Alicia's? Well, I am trying my best to continue it myself!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good luck! I have moved your post to a more appropriate thread.

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