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Mystery (Five Find-Outer) Series – Famous Five vs Five Find-Outers-and Dog

December 27, 2008 – Ankita Maity says: Both of these "clubs" like solving mysteries----but which one do you think is the better of the two?? I myself think that the "Find-Outers"are better than the Famous Five.
December 28, 2008 – Philip Mannering says: First of all, I don't think the Famous Five "liked" solving mysteries: they just fell into adventures! I don't know if they had any mysteries to solve. In answer to the question, Five Find-Outers everytime! These books were so, so much better than the books of the famous and pompous kids. Just my opinion, though! :-).
December 28, 2008 – Tuba says: Surely Five Find outers and the dog [FFO] are better than Famous Five [FF]. They have such tough competition. FFO has Mr Goon. But the FF have some good supporting characters like Jo, Sooty and Richard. But the mystery series with disguises and Bets [she is 10 times better than Anne] is a winner all the way. Also Fatty their leader is 10 times better than Julian. Timmy and Buster both are equally good and George is one thing which FF has and FFO does not have. Both of them are excellent but FFO is better. This is what I think. A very interesting topic. I wish I was in Bets place though she is 2 years older to me when she is 9.
December 29, 2008 – Philip Mannering says: Tuba, I can tell you that while the FFOandD series doesn't have George; it has something much better - Fatty! :D
December 29, 2008 – Tuba says: I know that Pip but no one in FFO has Georges character and Island but the plots of FFO are better than FF plots. Also the FF are quite serious.
December 30, 2008 – thire says: No one can be compared with my George and, yeah, Fatty is really great.
December 31, 2008 – Lithorite says: Well I agree with Tuba the plots in FFOA are better and the kids are more actively invovled in solving the mystery. List of clues and suspects, the elimination of suspects and all. That was the really fun part.
December 31, 2008 – Alicia says: Five Find-Outers, definitely! As Phillip said, I don't think the Famous Five liked solving mysteries, they just stumbled into adventures. FF are actually pretty serious, many of the plots are similar, Timmy doesn't perform any crazy exploits, the villains aren't belivable. The Find-Outers are less serious tbh. And I love the way Buster irritates and agonizes Mr. Goon and nips his ankles. The clues, suspects, elimination of suspects and piecing together the entire crime is so exciting.
February 18, 2009 – Raff says: I prefer the Five Find Outers. They are so cool.
February 19, 2009 – hope189 says: I prefer the Five find-outers and dog. Those books are much more realistic.
May 28, 2009 – Mini says: Love both!!! But if I had to pick one. Five find outers and dog!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You could tell us why!
August 15, 2009 – Mini says: I prefer the Five Find Outers but the Famous Five is right behind. It's only that I like the FFO and Fatty dresses up and the plot isn't so easy to predict. My real name is Daisy. Though but my favourite character is Bets.
September 10, 2009 – Liz says: Definitely the Five Find-Outers are better. The characters are much better drawn and more likeable (Bets, for instance, is nowhere near as spineless as Anne, her Famous Five counterpart). The mysteries in the FFO, in my opinion, are a lot more inventive. Looks like a lot of us are in agreement over this topic. BUT, I would have to say that I enjoy the Barney mysteries even more than either FFO or FF. The dialogues are so believable and entertaining, the characters are very easy to relate to, they all play a more or less equal role in solving the mysteries, and on top of it all the plots are absolutely gripping!!
September 19, 2009 – April June says: I agree with you, Mini (or Daisy -- which name do you prefer to be called by?). The Five Find-Outers are better than the Famous Five, with their better plots and realistic events that happen. The Five Find-Outers' plots are more unpredictable, and Mr Goon and disguises add humor to the stories. The Famous Five, on the other hand, is more serious, and the characters -- apart from George, Jo, Timmy, and perhaps a few others -- have weaker personalities. But then, that's just my opinion, and the Famous Five is still a good series! I do miss George's island and fierce, tomboy-ish personality in the Five Find-Outers, but Fatty and his disguises is just as good. I hope to read more of the Barney series, for everyone says it's great, but my chances here in the orphanage are. . . Somewhat less than if my parents were still alive. However, all the Enid Blyton books I read are wonderful and, as Liz put it, "absolutely gripping!".
September 19, 2009 – Alicia says: I think I am one of the only Blyton fans who hates the Famous Five. The first few books are quite good, but later on the series become boring and most of the focus is on George usually. And George is stupid, "I'm really a boy born with boobs, so refer to me as a girl and I'll knock your teeth in, you barmy!" personality annoys me. And Anne. God, if that girl never spoke a word and never got mixed with their adventures, this world would be free of her bawling. And Julian? Well he seems bearble, considering he has certain flaws that remind me of my mum. And Dick is just well. Personality-less. We just know he's loyal and he happens to like food.
December 28, 2009 – Wan Yuen Mun says: No need to think anything else. Of course it's the Five Find outers- and Dog! I really admire them especially Fatty and Ern's poetry!
January 2, 2010 – Arjun says: I would go with The Five Find Outers because I feel Mr. Goon, The comical Policeman and his ever fun nephew, Ern Goon are the ones who add a bit of comedy to Readers! Whereas, only George in the Famous Five, is the one who is stubborn and makes the story comical.
March 13, 2010 – Sarah says: I Think the Five Find Outers is much better than the Famous Five. Fatty is much better than Julian. Julian is so bossy and never gives anyone a chance. Bets is a bit of a baby but Anne is even more babyish. Bets can solve mysteries but Anne can't. Most 10 year olds are not like that. Also Anne should argue more when the others tease her.
May 2, 2011 – kseniya says: I like the two of them it's a hard chose but if I had to pick I'll pick Five Find Outers and dog.
May 9, 2011 – Julia says: My sister Kseniya says Find Outers are a lot better I agree Fatty is a lot better than Julian Julian is very bossy and sometimes rude and Fatty is kind and loyal I think Larry is a lot better than Dick Dick doesent even know whats a clue! I cant say anything about George I think she is a bit better than pip who is a bit not nice to Bets Anne is so not good Bets is way better than her ike in the mystery of Banshee Towers when the machine started to scream bets felt frightened but did not run of I bet Anne had and to say about the two dogs I think Timmy is better than Buster but still ill pick the Find outers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Haven't you heard of punctuation? :-(
August 22, 2011 – Cher says: Well. First time I read the book was in 1999, when I was still at the junior high school. I read Five Find-Outers-and Dog and feel so interest to them. And after that, I take the Famous Five one. But I don't know... I prefer Five Find-Outers-and Dog than Famous Five. Maybe the storyline is more tense and interesting (it's my oppinion ^^).
Bets says... Bets says: I completely agree!
August 22, 2011 – Beth says: That's an interesting question! Probably I know more about the Famous Five and have read more of those books because they were some of the first Enid Blyton I read when I was young. I got into the Five Find Outers a bit later (simply because we didn't have them earlier!) So I feel like I know the FF better but I don't know which I like better! Probably from a critically analysing adult point of view the FFO do have better characterisation etc but then I always did like Jo (and George, for that point too but that was when I was young!) I made paper dolls of the FF, so they must have been important but then I drew pictures of the FFO, too (sometimes in such disguises that only I could tell which was which). Interesting question though, but the Mistletoe Farm books were and are my far and away favourite Blytons. :-)
August 25, 2011 – Ella says: Wow! I love the mistletoe farm books too! same there's only three! In my opinion I prefer the Famous Five books, though I don't know why, but The Five Find Outers are indeed very good, as they actually have to work out a mystery.
January 23, 2013 – Ankita Maity says: Yesterday, I was re-reading all my favourite Enid Blyton books, and when I came to "The Mystery of the Hidden House", I suddenly came to a stop and remembered this topic, which I had created over four years ago! I was so surprised to find that so many people had responded to my little question and was shocked to find the number of viewpoints that could exist! I still think that the Five Find-Outers (not to mention Buster) are better in most aspects, mainly because the books are somehow more fun and their adventures are more believable, but the Famous Five are pretty good, too! One thing I do know for sure, though, is that I grew up with Enid Blyton books. They have always played a major role in shaping my childhood and I don't think that anything will ever be able to change that! No matter how many new stories I read, or how much I grow up, I think that Enid Blyton will forever occupy a core position in all of our hearts. That is how much these Mystery stories have meant to me! :)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Delighted to hear it, Ankita
February 11, 2013 – Gaurav Pratap Singh says: No one on this page says that they like FF better than FFO - ironical when FF is supposed to be Enid's most famous series! My vote goes with FFO too, for the reasons given by the others. I think Enid used to write FF, when she wanted to give her grey cells a rest and when she got recharged then she got back to FFO, Adventure series, Malory, St clare etc. Just imagine if Fatty was in FF, George will never have got realms of pages she got. Even Beth would have given her a run for her money. The other characters in FF besides George and Timmy were paper thin. I suppose FF was written for a younger age group. Even now as a very mature - 34 yr old , I reread the FFO and Adventure series, but FF is a nono.
February 16, 2013 – Regan says: Oh I had a nice long comment that would not post for me. Looks like all of those books have brought back lots of memories. I too have all of the Famous Five and Secret Seven books. I bought them second hand after I sold lots of Barbie dolls years ago. Last Christmas I came across Animal Farm and read it again- it is one of those classics. Hope your Christmas preparations are coming along well. I am on holidays so I'm enjoying myself. All things nice.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Christmas? Are you for real?!
May 17, 2014 – Hammy says: I guess I am the only one who prefer FF more than FFO. First of all, I read FF before I have heard of FFO. Besides, I don't quite like the way the FFO planting false clues. It's a bit too much. Julian is more polite and better behaved (though no one can doubt that Fatty has marvelous manners when he wants to!) George is certainly NOT claiming herself to be a boy with boops. Some girls can be a bit boyish and rough and at that era, only boys are allowed to do "rough" activities so George naturally considers herself as a boy. As for comapring Bets and Anne, they show more similarity than differences! Both thought of ideas which provided solution to the mystery, both love dolls and both were willing to "do their part". Famous Five for me forever! P. S. : That's not to say I don't like FFO. I am trying my Very Best to collect all. Very Difficult Task.
July 4, 2014 – Farwa says: I think Famous Five is better, because they always stumbled into mysteries, and I like the way they solve the situations. The Five Find-Outers were always prepared for them but the Famous Five weren't. All the same, the Five Find-Outer series is also very nice because it is funny and intelligent as well.
January 27, 2017 – Avan Cooverji says: The Five Find Outers and Dog is far better than the Famous Five. The characters are more realistic, funny and really clever. The stories hold your interest till the end, as after a while the Famous Five become dull and boring. Goon, Ern, Sid and Perce make it all so lively and entertaining and not so goody-goody as Julian and Anne who are a colourless personality. Of course Fatty is in a class by himself and even at the age of 74, I cannot stop reading these stories which I started to read when I was eleven.
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased to hear you still enjoying these stories.
April 18, 2017 – Cyrus M Gonda says: I have a similar question as someone asked a few years back. Why despite almost every reader on this thread preferring the Five Find Outers to the FF, is the Famous five still enormously the more popular of the two. In fact, many people identify Blyton with the Famous Five. I can read the FFO over and over again but the same does not go for the FF. Maybe it is because a comfort zone is established as all the mysteries happen in Peterswood, or more likely because there is rarely any mystery to be solved in the FF. Is the FF series more popular because there were more of them and the stories longer. I cannot think of any other reason. Would appreciate what others have to say on this.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I think Enid Blyton is known by most people from her books The Famous Five and maybe Noddy. We now have adult versions of the Famous Five, which are not to the liking of most people, but they are selling. So even though the F.O's are liked by many people, they're not the books that spring to mind when people think of Blyton books.
July 5, 2017 – Nisha says: I found a book called The Find-Outers-The Mystery of the Strange Messages. But I remember reading a book called The Five Find Outers-The Mystery of the Strange Sessages. Are they both the same- THE FIND OUTERS and THE FIVE FIND OUTERS?
Buster says... Buster says: You can still buy most of Enid Blyton's books now, including The Find-Outers, Famous Five and more.
July 10, 2017 – Nigel says: Nisha, Buster must have been thinking of Goon's ankles as he seemed to miss the point of your query! The full title of Peterswood's young detectives is The Five Find-Outers and Dog. The publishers of the book to which you refer have obviously abbreviated the name to The Find Outers. It is certainly the same book - although it refers to Messages, not Sessages - I imagine that is a typo that you made!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Nigel. Buster's mind does wander if Goon's about!
July 21, 2017 – Steven says: Well, I'm only toward the end of Bk 1 in the Find Outers series, so I obviously have to give it more of a chance, but (frankly) I'm bored stiff so far. Sorry, not trying to be a stick in the mud, but I'm really disappointed so far. Setting and scenery is like another character in a story, and an extremely important one at that -- it helps draw you in, giving that all important "escape factor" to the book (which is a hallmark of any good story). Famous5 had some really cool settings: secret passageways, old castles and dungeons, storm-tossed seas crashing upon island shores, sunken treasure ships, smugglers' caves, spooky abandoned railways, creepy moors and mysterious planes flying overhead. But in Find Outers I just get a humdrum neighborhood and a couple of garden sheds! Well, I know some of you might be screaming at your computer screens right now, "But you have no idea about the really awesome stuff that happens later in the series." Yeah, okay, fair enough, I'll stick with it a while. But so far, forgive me for spelling it out: B-O-R-I-N-G-! :-/.
Buster says... Buster says: If this is the first time you have picked up one of these Mystery books, then please do stick at it. The first book isn't one of the best, but remember these are mystery books, not adventure books as the Five books are. It really is a great series and as you learn more about the characters, I'm sure you'll love them.
July 23, 2017 – Avan J Cooverji says: Steven says he found the first book of the Five FindOuters and Dog series very boring. Well , all the books in the series are not of equal interest, and the first book, namely " The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage ' is not the best guide to what is to follow. So if Steven would try reading the following , may be he would change his mind as they are really very nice reads. So would suggest he read:--- 1) The Mystery Of The Invisible Thief, 2) The Mystery Of the Strange Messages 3) The Mystery Of Holly Lane, 4) Mystery Of The Spiteful letters (preferably in that order) and see how he likes them. But it also should be understood that these stories are for children mainly, though adults and old people also enjoy reading them, ( I do at the age of 74 ) and are of happenings in a typical English village where peoples lives are quite simple and regulated and very different from what occurs in big towns and cities. And as he becomes more familiar with the children and their ways and village life, he may come to really enjoy them. I write this as I do hope he does not miss out on what is very enjoyable due to an impression formed from only one book which I also think is not the best one of the series.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I always advise reading Enid's series in chronological order. That way you see how the characters develop. The books you mention are up there with the best, Avan. As Buster says, stick with them, Steven, I don't think you'll be disappointed. By the way, Avan, I have moved your post to the Find-Outers' thread, where Steven posted his comment. For some reason you posted in Miscellaneous Blyton!

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