Various titles of the Goosebumps series have now been re-released as e-books by Scholastic, but much of the language has been changed.
RL Stine, author of the Goosebumps horror series for children, has accused his publisher of making changes to his books without his permission. The changes reportedly included references to ethnicity, mental health, and weight.
Various titles of the Goosebumps series have now been re-released as e-books by Scholastic, but much of the language has been changed, according to the New York Times.
The news comes after a huge controversy erupted in the publishing world after it was discovered that Puffin Books, a children’s imprint of Penguin Books, retroactively changed the wording in Welsh writer Roald Dahl’s children’s books. Consequently, the publisher has now said that they will release the original versions of Dahl’s work alongside the updated ones—giving readers the choice of reading Dahl’s actual work or the censored version.
Stine has denied approving of the changes made to his work, writing on Twitter: “I’ve never changed a word in Goosebumps. Any changes were never shown to me.” Read more…