Charles Hamilton is in the Guinness Book of Records for having written more words in his lifetime than anyone else - the equivalent of full length novels. One of his many thousands of literary creations, Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School came to life in the Magnet, a weekly British boys story paper , and lived on in novels published although the last were ghosted by a substitute. With the result that now hardly anyone under 50 years old has even heard of Billy Bunter. A testament to the modern BBC in their zealous endeavours to bury or alter modern perceptions of the past up until in other words, pre-pc is their continued refusal to even consider releasing any surviving episodes. Why not just have done and burn the tapes then, or is letting them rot in the cans the favoured cheaper option?
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Aug 26, T. Fat, mean, cunning, unpleasant, steals food, gets into rage and seeks revenge. Not liked by anyone in the form. Bad at school work. Now what if we had school stories with her as protagonist?
Horror of horrors! How can it be? And Frank Richards succeeds to a great extent. As you go over the books, you begin to start developing a certain affection for Billy.
Despite all bad qualities there is an inherent goodness in him, which pulls him out of trouble in the end in every book. Billy Bunter of Greyfair is the first book in the series - the third for me.
Initially I was even reluctant to start the series given the premise. But it has grown on me over the 3 books and I am so happy there are so many in this series still unread. Each of the 3 books had an unique situation and I did not find it getting repetitive though in some ways the structure can be called formulaic.
The characters are all unique, grey and fun. Harry Wharton is your stereotypical protagonist like the ones in Enid Blyton books - the sports captain, the boy with the heart of gold. He is shown to be such in a more subtle way compared to the Enid Blyton characters. And then he is not the protagonist - it is Billy. Then we have the Bounder, the arrogant son of a rich man, who smokes, read pinks papers and breaks rule. There there is the Nabob of Banipur who has this funny idiomatic way of speaking that has the reader in splits.
There are many more such interesting characters. But from the three I have reads, I am guessing you will get to know them all well by the time you are through a dozen books. The thing about these characters are that they are real. Not unrealistically goody, goody. They lie, they cheat, they are mean to their classmates but still there is this basic essence of human goodness in them.
This book kind of makes you like people as they are instead of looking out for some imaginary folks with unrealistic qualities. What is unrealistic about these books though is that the boys never grow up.
They seem to be having unlimited number of terms in the Upper Fourth of the Remove. And often there is not reference in the latter books to any events in the earlier books. That way each book in the series is a complete standalone of sorts. Over all these books are a terrific read that keeps you laughing throughout. I imagine she was commissioned to take the anachronisms away and the things that would upset the Saturday morning Guardian reader.
Certainly nothing to make you laugh.
Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School
Aug 26, T. Fat, mean, cunning, unpleasant, steals food, gets into rage and seeks revenge. Not liked by anyone in the form. Bad at school work. Now what if we had school stories with her as protagonist? Horror of horrors!
The Daily Telegraph and Reynolds News were among other newspapers that also provided prominent coverage. When a year-old actor, Gerald Campion , who was married with two children, was cast in the role of Bunter, a year-old schoolboy, the choice was greeted with mixed reactions. In fact Campion had already been considered for the role of Bunter, twelve years earlier, when the intention was to make a cinema film based on the character. Many of the television scripts are adaptations, based on the Greyfriars novels featuring Bunter which Charles Hamilton wrote during the s: more than three dozen such novels appeared in print between and , and many of the television scripts bear titles which echo those of particular books. Reception[ edit ] "Bunter on TV seems to have roused a lot of comment.