When will authors stand up to ‘sensitivity readers?’
March 29, 2023
It’s happening again, just as every sane soul predicted.
The “sensitivity readers” have targeted Agatha Christie and “updated” her classic novels for a more enlightened age. Yes, some people believe 2023 is enlightened.
The mystery maven’s prose is being reassembled to protect readers from scary words that may make them uncomfortable. And we cannot have that, can we?
Among the examples of changes cited by the Telegraph is the 1937 Poirot novel Death on the Nile, in which the character of Mrs Allerton complains a group of children are pestering her, saying that “they come back and stare, and stare, and their eyes are simply disgusting, and so are their noses, and I don’t believe I really like children”….This has reportedly been stripped down in a new edition to state: “They come back and stare, and stare. And I don’t believe I really like children.”
The author’s classic works have inspired recent films like “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile.”
How many movies have the sensitivity readers’ inspired? No, any remake of “1984” doesn’t count.
The Christie changes come after similar “updates” for iconic authors Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl.