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10 May 2011 @ 08:57 pm
This goes way beyond color/colour.  
I found out today that the actual text of Amber Spyglass is different in US editions from UK editions. This is terribly frustrating (plus I feel stupid for not having known before). Is it just the sexuality bit in the chapter called "Marzipan," or does it happen in more places than that? Does it happen in Golden Compass and Subtle Knife too? Is there a source that compiles the changes?

Should I buy a third copy of Amber Spyglass -- a UK edition? Or possibly a whole third set?
kristincashore.blogspot.com on May 11th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Since I wrote my final fantasy paper at Simmons on this trilogy, I purchased a UK copy. You are welcome to borrow it any time, for any length of time. My understanding was that the only difference is that every chapter in the UK edition starts with a quote from Milton, Blake, or other dead white guy, relevant to the text. I can't fathom why this was left out of the USA version, but anyway. I did NOT know that actual narrative text had changed, and am shocked to hear that. I... am almost certain I read the USA version before reading the UK version, but am not completely certain. The only difference I remember noticing was the opening quote thing. Is the sexuality bit really different? Holy moly! I'll be coming back here lots to see what others say!
Rebecca Rabinowitzdiceytillerman on May 11th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
It's a place where Mary and Lyra are talking, and it's definitely a bit different. Oh, USA. Stay classy.
kristincashore.blogspot.com on May 11th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
It's hilarious, too, that they felt the need to temper that part, but left other parts -- you know, like when God dies and disintegrates -- in. And the gay angels. And SO MANY OTHER THINGS. WTF IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD. I AM SO DISGUSTED. I CANNOT WAIT TO COMPARE THESE VERSIONS WITH YOU SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A TEMPER TANTRUM TOGETHER.
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Rodzinadiceytillerman on May 11th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
This will be EXCELLENT FUN.

I fear learning that more places are changed too.
(boing!) Cnoocy Mosque O'Witzcnoocy on May 11th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any indication that there are other changes, but I'm not the expert on these things.
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Orphea Prouddiceytillerman on May 11th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Had you heard of this change?
(boing!) Cnoocy Mosque O'Witzcnoocy on May 11th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
No, I was surprised as you are. But the Wikipedia page for Spyglass mentions only the one change, and no changes are mentioned for the other books in the series, for what that's worth.
Emilytakumashii on May 11th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I'm shocked and annoyed!

And now I'm terribly curious about which version I bought at the Kinokuniya in Nagasaki... (and got rid of when I moved).
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Bea and Mr. Jonesdiceytillerman on May 11th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
When Kristin brings her UK copy to my house, I will post the two versions. Though if you've got rid of your copy, it might be too late to know, unless you've especially retained that paragraph in your mind.

It *is* shocking and annoying!
no novian but one; a song with a missiondolorosa_12 on May 12th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
I think we have a thread up about this on our His Dark Materials forum, if you're interested. The thread is here. Hope that's helpful.

(Sorry for the drive-by comment. I found your post through Kristin Cashore's blog.)
Rebecca Rabinowitz: House You Pass On the Waydiceytillerman on May 12th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, that is very helpful! I see there's a whole nother place with a significant change too!
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Difference between UK and US versions
I met Meg Rosoff at a NYMBC event in SF a few years ago. She talked about why she needed an editor in the US to deal with her book that had already been published in the UK. She said that in the US, they edit the sexual content, and in the UK, they edit the violence.
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Orphea Prouddiceytillerman on May 15th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Difference between UK and US versions