A way, way back when the blog was relatively new Stef and I both wrote 10 facts about the Famous Five and ourselves. I’m now going to do the same for the Adventure Series.
1. The Circus of Adventure is my favourite in the series, though it seems to be quite low down on most people’s favourite lists.
2. I had some hardbacks and some Armada paperbacks when I was younger, and I was mortified that my mum had used felt-pen to colour in several pictures in The Valley of Adventure.
3. My sister borrowed The River of Adventure from the school library and then dropped it down the toilet. We bought the school a new copy and kept the water-damaged one which my mum covered in blue-and-white floral wrapping paper as the cover was ruined.
4. While Dinah clearly over-reacts to Philip’s pets I have to admit I am often on her side. I would not like beetles or spiders crawling over me, but I wouldn’t mind a mouse or (pet) rat quite so much as long as it wasn’t living inside my clothes.
5. One of my all-time favourite Blyton moments is “don’t forget Bill Smugs”, at the end of The Mountain of Adventure.
6. Bill and Jack feature in the fan-fiction universe Stef and I have created, Anatoly works for Bill, and through that they meet Jack who is a professional photographer.
7. I only watched the TV series (both the full series and the series based on The Castle of Adventure) as an adult and I thought they were both quite poor, though the full series was by far the worst.
8. When I first read The Circus of Adventure I believed that Tauri-Hessia must have been a real place, and was quite disappointed later when I discovered it wasn’t. In fact I’m still mildly disappointed even now!
9. It took me a long while of reading before I realised it was Dinah (a name I’d never seen before) and not Diana, and even longer after that before I could read it without having to correct myself.
10. I really, really wanted Jack to find a Great Auk and I was irritated by Bill and the others being so negative about his chances (even though I know they were right).
So those are mine, what would yours be?