Calming Modern Readers by Erasing the Terrible Past

An excellent article by Den of Geek addresses the new trend of rewriting the works of dead authors to suit the current political climate. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., owners of the literary rights to the James Bond books, are currently “sanitizing” the works of author Ian Fleming to address concerns that many references are outdated, offensive, and unpalatable for modern audiences.

So they sooth modern sensitivities by changing a fictional narrative that is representative of a historic time and effectively altering and erasing the past? 1984 anyone? (If they haven’t sanitized that book, yet!)


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