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January 5th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Editing Twain: Productive or Destructive?

Would a publisher's changes to TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN make you more likely to read them?

This Thursday, you'll hear about a publisher's decision to change or remove specific words from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  The changes will appear in new editions of the books.

We're looking forward to hearing your comments about whether this decision is more productive or destructive.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (773 Responses)
  1. Travis

    By removing certain words in Twain's work is like rewriting history. You might as well as take the Bible and switch everything around and expect someone to read it. Depending on these words, you're ruining the spirit of the story. Remember, restriction on book contents were much different when Twain first wrote Tom Sawyer.

    January 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Some words in the book may be hard to understand, but looking up new words or deciphering nineteenth century dialogue means you are learning about history while enjoying some of the greatest books of all time.

    January 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  3. Katarina

    I think that making changes to books that are so old and well known would be destructive. Using Twain's ideas from his books to write one massive one and dedicate it to Twain somehow maybe. But if I was an author of classic books like that I would not want somebody "modifying" my book and publishing it.

    January 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  4. Mehvish

    It will be destructive because what people write on there own is what they have accomplished, and If I wrote a book I would never let anyone change it because I'm the one who took my time to write a book and I wouldn't want anyone to change it.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  5. Erick

    It would be incredibly foolish to alter any classic book merely by the tides of current popular ideology. Classics are a trail of where humanity steps have traced. Have we not learned anything from Fahrenheit 451, or should we develop "New Speak Dictionaries" as referenced in Orwell's 1984?

    It's as presumptuous as taking a classical art piece that happens to be nude, and paint over clothes.

    Either band the book or leave it as is.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  6. Fiona

    NO!!!!! Destructive without the "words" you will loose part of the masterpiece that Mark Twain created. Just because there are one or two words does not mean you should change them. It is not like kids in middle school don't know them.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  7. Sandy

    This is outrageous. It is rewriting our history. Mark Twain must be doing somersaults in his grave!

    January 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  8. Tori

    I think it's destructive. I admit, change can be good sometimes but maybe not in this case. People who already enjoy the books may not like the changes. The author worked hard on those books and making changes to it would just be like saying it's not good enough. He had it the way he wanted it, so why change it?

    January 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  9. chris

    I honestly cannot believe that anyone would even consider censoring one of America's greatest timeless classics. The thing is, while some of the things in those books are, by our standards, considered racist, they were simply the standard way of addressing people in that time period. It is important to realize the change in what is politically correct in different time periods. By understanding the way people were naturally treated, one can realize how different our country has grown.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  10. jun zeng

    I think It's good for the beginners to read,to get better understanding of the book.because the language is changing overtime.But If you want to read deep enough you can still choose the original edition.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  11. Tom

    If one is ignorant of history – he/she is bound to repeat it! Don't rewrite out classic.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  12. Farmer

    No, because it just isn't the same book. It is not what it orginally was or even meant to be!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  13. Austin

    Personally, interfering with a great American novel written by one the best of all time would be none other than a great mistake in the literature history. By removing some of the more irrelevant words, the message of the story in the authors intentions sways. Mark Twains perspective on the reality of life and human nature is conveyed through the words threatened to be removed. By censoring out this information, will it make it ok to do this on other controversial novels? There's nothing wrong with the messages the book portrays, and the author has a strong opinion. By changing the message of the book, it's less of the original and not the best solution. It's not ideal to go around changing words that are offensive in undoubtedly one of the best pieces of American literature- why not change some of the characters too while your at it?

    January 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  14. A concerned educator

    The sole reason Twain wrote Huck Finn was to examine perspectives on race. By removing racist language, this editor will defeat Twain's purpose. I understand that the language is offensive to many, but the true moral of the story doesn't come strictly from the language–it's the lessons that are learned and the moral development of Huck that make this novel a worthy read.

    At least Twain would be satisfied he's stirring things up!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  15. Biddle

    No, That just ruins the whole story. I prefer to read exactly how it was originally written. I think kids also need to learn the original story anyway.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  16. Braydon

    I think it would be destructive because I do not think it is right to take over someone else's hard work and effort and change something on someone else's property. I would not let anyone change something on my hard work so I doubt nobody else would either

    January 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Angie

    :O. My favorite book is being EDITED? NOOOOOO!!!! Mark Twain's books were wonderful just the way they are. Nobody should mess with it. It'd be like taking the Mona Lisa and painting a huge clown smile across her face, because it would be more "pleasent". >.<

    January 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Grace

    Mark Twain was an advocate against racism and the book Huckleberry Finn was a clear example of this. He didn’t write the words he did to be racist, and by taking out the words, they are erasing history. People used racial slurs back in the time of Huckleberry Finn and Twain uses them to establish the era and use the character’s true voice.

    There has been a great deal of progress made in our society today in reducing racism and giving everyone regardless of race, gender, or religion, equal opportunity. But how will see the progress we’ve made if we erase the starting point? People will probably be able to tell what the replaced word was when they read the edited version anyway.

    The words should be kept. What Mark Twain wrote he meant to write, and editors should have no business messing around with his words. I for one, will not buy the edited book.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Leah

    These are examples of classic literature which is one of the many reasons why it shouldn't be changed.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Sandra

    Though I personally disagree with this decision, I think people are misunderstanding it. It's not a first step to banning the book – it's intended to get the book read where it is banned. This version isn't designed for scholars, teachers who already teach the book, or those who are repulsed by the idea. It's for those, mostly children, who are not allowed to read the book mainly because of the racial slurs. Also, from interviews with the editor, he personally doesn't think Twain was wrong or inappropriate. This edition will in no way replace other editions, but he wants it to be an option for those who prefer it.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  21. Jason

    I think that there are two sides to the issue. the positive part is that more young readers that find the language offensive would be able to read Tom Saywer and expand their reading capacity. The down side is for the older readers who do not find it offensive is that the editorial changes that were mad were not how Mark Twain intended them to be read.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  22. Will

    No. I definitely do not agree with these changes. You wouldn't be reading the same book if they changed wording in the books. Classics are classics. Who wants to read the revised classic? Why would someone not want to read the author's original wording. At the same time, the book includes offensive language that may concern parents. Times have changed. Personally though, I wouldn't read a lot of classics because of language that has died out and is very hard to understand. Also, what is appropriate and not appropriate has also changed. Still, I think that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) would like his masterpiece to be the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  23. Julia

    Personally I belive that it would be fine to re-write the book, but keep it seperate from the original. Instead of replacing these books, the re-writers should just add an extra addition so people are not racially offfended. Also adding on the "extra" set will most likely open up windows for schools to introduce these classics without introducing racial slurs. This will allow students to expand their knowledge about the past, without the racial comments that are inappropriate for school.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  24. Ashton

    I think that the authors should not change the words. It wouldn't make the book interesting anymore.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  25. Drew

    It would be destructive, because these are about 100 years old. If "Mark Twain" came back from the dead, what do you think he would say? Probably what I would say, if I wrote a book and 100 years after my death, people want to change it because I used a word that was "popular". How would you like it if it were you? That's how Mark Twain would feel.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  26. Christina

    The words that an author has writen are their own. I feel it is a destructive example to kids in our society; one that says you can change anything. This book is a classic; it has been passed down through the generations. Why, now, do we change it? If people who read the book are too immature to see that no bad meaning was behind the words at the time it was wriiten, then they shouldn't read the book. I personally will keep my old copy.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  27. marsha

    We need to not tamper with what was. We cannot change history. We learn and grow from the past!

    January 6, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  28. Justin

    Destructive because the book is great and I don't know why they would want to that is like saying the book is bad and they need to change to make it where people will read it

    January 6, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  29. Yasunori

    I think this is a bad idea. Not only does this damage Mark Twain's novels, it shows that we are trying to pretend there wasn't such segregation a few decades ago. I think it is important to tell what was really happening at that time, and what people can do to prevent it from happening again.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  30. Billy

    I have not read any of the books so I do not care.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  31. Ash

    why would they change it? this would only allow other books to be changed as well... this wouldnt be good if the bible is change. but its sad that they have to change the books due to language that is used every day. in and out of school.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  32. devin

    I think editing Mark Twain's book Huckleberry Finn would be a bad
    idea because the purpose of the book is to learn history and by rewriting
    the book you change history.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  33. Eyre

    By changing Huck Finn, its like giving them the right to change books like Oliver Twist or the Wizard of Oz. Changing books that have been around for a long time, is like destory the Author's reason for what he or she wrote in that book. If I was a author who wrote a book and I learned it was changed, I wouldn't like it and try to stop it any way I could either throught the courts or getting people to boycott the new edited book.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  34. Alyssa

    It could be a good thing. Schools are probably going to have class sets of the book and removing the "n" word will make everybody more comfortable when reading.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  35. Christopher

    It would be destructive because, these books are classic novels and I think that if you change a classic it would not be a classic any more. I don't think anyone would want that to happen.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  36. Juliana

    I most definitely think that no it would not make me read them even more because if you change his words, you are changing the entire book and some people like the book for itself and not how the words are written. I haven't read this book and if the words get changed, then absolutely no i will not read this book.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  37. Katie

    I don't think publishers should change the original form of the books. Mark Twain wrote the books and if it was going to be changed he should have been the one to change it. Todays publishers shouldn't try to change some of the best books ever written by him.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  38. Jenni

    I don't think that they should take out the word because it was propper language back then. Nobody knew that 200 years down the road it would turn into something bad. Changing the word to slave, in a way, makes it worse.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  39. Grace

    I like to read things the way the auther intended them to be read; that way it makes sence. I don't think they should change the way it was ment to be read.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  40. Autumn

    it changes the meanning of the book and it is a part of history. so if you change it you will lose people that might want to read it but now they won't want to. so i say leave it alone. don't change it.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  41. Anna

    I don't think they should change it, back then the N-word wasn't a bad word to say and we would be ruining the point behind his stories.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  42. Jake

    I think its not very smart because theres probably kids who want to read the real version.I wouldnt want to read any of his books cause they are going to change it and when they change it,its going to be a totaly different story.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  43. sidnee

    i think it would be destructive.it would be because your changing his original words.if they end up doing this they better print the original version too.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  44. Emma

    Destructive. It's his book. So is this another one of those times where someone got offended??? And decided that in life that persons way goes??? So what if there were certain words. That was how they talked. DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  45. Kaylee

    It's destructive. Tom Sawyer wrote the book the way he wanted it, it's his story, and it still is. The editors shouldn't change it, because the book was made the way it is for a purpose. It's not right to change a book that has been here for a long time. If you don't like it don't read it. If you want to correct a book, then make your own the way you want.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  46. Laniciana

    I think that they should keep the original book's.Why change them just because they have some bad language in them.Changing it would not get more people to read the book they should keep the original one.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  47. Brittany

    I think that Huckleberry Finn shouldn't be rewritten. The N word isn't and never was referring to any one race. The N word simply means illiteracy.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  48. MIA

    its better to keep the books like they were orignaly written,because the time period the books were written in they used that type of tone they used back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  49. Rachel

    I wouldn't do that because it would change the meaning of the story for people. Maybe someone reads it again but it would make them surprised and not understand the new text of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  50. Trey

    The way an author writes his/her book shows a glimpse of the author's own time period. So if we change it, people may get the wrong idea about history and the culture of that time.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  51. Maddy

    It will be destruction because people know the the stories for the real things not for what people have changed them to be. I also don't think someone should change someone else's writing when they had put their time and effort into it, thats just wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  52. Nathaniel

    when you take out things in Mark Twain's books its like taking history from a text book because people love his books and you can't take that away

    January 6, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  53. AnnaBelle

    Censorship is never warranted. Censoring a book sacrifices its literary integrity. Literature is meant to provoke; it opens our eyes and expands our horizons. Authors use language intentionally; any censorship is a desecration of an irreplaceable piece of art.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  54. sparky

    I believe that they should leave the book alone because thats the Mark Twain would have wanted it to be, people have their own view on how they see the book, and they have no right to change it the way it was written.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  55. Misty

    I can understand why someone might wish to read the book without all the racist terminology. However, I think that Twain was trying to make a point about what the Old South was like when using that terminology. The book isn't supposed to be something that makes you feel good; if anything, it's supposed to horrify you and make you want to stop racism by reading about what it's really like. I think rather than removing all the bad words from the book, schools should just wait until the students are older to teach that book. It would be better for students to read the real thing at an older age than to read a "toned down" version of it at a younger age.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  56. Robert

    People deserve a chance to look at what life was like back then. Let the South remain the South, and let the present be the present.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  57. Evan

    The book should not be changed because the specific words used invoke emotions. If the words are changed you change the entire meaning of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  58. Josh

    If you change the words in the book then you change the meaning of the story. Since it is a classic book we should leave it the way it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  59. Alexis

    I think it would be productive. I think this because why write a good book if little kids that like to read won't be able to read it because of all the negative words. They should improve the book to make it so that little kids will be able to read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  60. Daisy

    I think thats bad to change some one else's writing and it is kind of rude. I know if I was the author and someone planed on changing my writing I would snap. Its how he expressed his feelings not how others want it to be.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  61. Damonica

    I think it will be destructive to change what someone else wrote and what they think is good and i think if i wrote a book and someone say they want to change it i will be mad

    January 6, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  62. Joe

    I think that cencoring the words to the book would change the original intent that Mark Twain had. Also, if you edit his content its not really his its just a book based on the novel Huckleberry Finn.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  63. colton

    i think that you should keep it that way becasue its his book why change it??? if it has cursewords in it then only let adults read it then its his book u shouldnt change it

    January 6, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  64. c

    the people should not replace mark twians words. they are from 150 years ago and changing it would stink.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  65. Christian

    I think it is absurd to alter the work of Mark Twain. The words that are said in the book are accurate to the time period and it would make the book inaccurate if they were changed.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  66. Jenna

    I would not read the book if a publisher changed the words. I like to read the real book. Who would read the book if it was not the real book. I dont think one word would make them change the book. Plus back the the use that word. I just disagree.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  67. Chelse

    i dont think that they should change any of the words in the book because their are books that have way worser words. and i think that they really shouldnt change it because that would be rude because the write send time writing the book just for them to change it just for one word.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  68. Alex

    I think that changing the words will change the whole book. Im for changing the words.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  69. kaleb

    No matter how you write it one of our amendments is the right of free press, not to mention thats freedom of speech so i would say destructive.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  70. Mario

    Don't touch something that is not your that you did not work our put any effort into. Marks books should stay the way it is now it got published as a book so it should stay the way it got published

    January 6, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  71. Emily

    I really don't think they should change the words from the book. It would kind of destroy the way the people in the book were meant to behave. Plus it would also change the meaning of the conversations in the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  72. dean

    I think they just want take out all the bad words so people wont get offended.I think that when a book is written then it should stay like how it is. It is a pice of history.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  73. Iian

    A book shouldn't be changed because of it's words. It should stay the way it was naturaly made. By the author!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  74. delaney

    i think people should leave all books the same. Books represent America. when i see books made differently i never get them. i like original books not remade.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  75. Cheryl

    If the publishers change the book I personally wouldn't want to read it because that changes what the book was supposed to mean. A lot of people wouldn't like to read it either due to the fact it doesn't have it right meaning to the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  76. Emanuel

    I think it is going to be productive because it would be appropriate for all students

    January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  77. christiahn

    i think it would be destructive because i think if Mark Twain was still alive today he wouldn't want us to change anything about his famous books.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  78. araceli

    I think that it should be kept bcause it would lose the purpose of the book and not sound correctly.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  79. Valerie

    I don't think they should change the words because that is how the book is supposed to be and just because its not right for kids to read their are still people that would want to read it in his words..... If they don't think it is right to be in a school then take it out of that school its how the book should be.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  80. Miracle

    I think it will be destructive because you should not change a book that someone already wrote, and if i wrote a book i wouldn't want anyone to change my book. Plus people don't have to read it if they don't want to so thats why they shouldn't change it.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  81. Easha

    I think that it will be destructive because may be the person who wrote the book, wrote it for a reason. may be to show people something.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  82. Angel

    I think it will be productive to change the book because it would be nice if the book was more appropriate for grade level students im sure other student woud like to read it but cant because inappropriate things

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  83. fernando

    it really dosen't make a difference as long as the storyline is the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  84. betsy

    it is not productive because the way the author wrote it . Should still be the way the same way even though yonger kids wont be able to let the older kids in high school or college read the books instead

    January 6, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  85. ashlyn

    I think they should chang it because it is very very inapropeit for youn readers to read, and I think the parents would be mad at the school because they let their kids read that.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  86. Devin

    I don't think that people should edit a good story... Twain may be dead... but he has the right to have his own story eternally

    January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  87. Morgan

    I wouldn't want to read the cleaned up version. If those editors don't want us (students) to read it ban it from school and we'll just get it at Borders or something and read it at home. Anyway, I'd rather read the original so I can understand how life and poeple were back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  88. Amber

    I agree with Mehvish...have you heard of freedom of speech??? Just because there’s a little bit of "N words” in it, its not like we don’t hear that kind of words right now, this book is known to have these words in side, if it is inappropriate don’t buy the book for your school have them get it from there local library.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  89. Bailey

    I think it would be destructive, because they put these books out there for a reason. If the school don't want them then they should not get them. They can have them in the public library's. If i wrote this book i would not let them change it because it takes a lot of time to do that. Then someone eles wants to change it i would say no. So i think it would be destructive.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  90. Kitty

    It will be destructive because it will change the history of the books. It will also be bad because the books wouldn't be the same any more. The books wouldn't be the same because it wouldn't be the real author words.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  91. Cat

    I think they shouldn't change the book because the person that wrote the feel bad. It like it doesn't know how to write a good book.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  92. Marisol

    I think that taking out the "N" words is not right. It's not right because the book was writen like that. Taking the "N" words out will change it alot. They should leave it like it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  93. Jamie

    I think that they she editor shouldnt change the book just by taking a word out of it. It will change the whole concept of the book because that is how they talked back then. It shows us how they had to overcome the way people referred to each other based on their color. It shows us how far our world and the people in it has come.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  94. Abby

    I think that changing the words is COMPLETE DISRESPECT it is the same thing as saying oh this story isn't good so lets change all the words in the book. Also, this would be like saying your not pretty enough so lets change ALL your looks how would you like that?, You wouldn't Mark Twain wrote the book to be a historical memory, this should not be changed!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  95. Ashlynn

    To take out the "n" word is to almost defame Mark Twain himself; One of the things Mark Twain was known for was writing with the voice of his characters, accents, grammar, and offensive words included. It's almost like the signature of any good American novelist.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  96. Taylour

    I think that a classic is a classic.. If you change it in anyway it's not going to be a classic anymore. The books were written the way they were for a reason. Changing them is changing Mark Twain's vision, which ruins the entire story.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  97. Courtney

    I don't think they should change the language in the book. The reason why is because, its not going to be what the same as what the original author. I think they should just not let kids under the age of 10-11 read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  98. Maria

    I believe that the book should be published as it was intended by the author. The language is provoking and offensive, but that was the goal of Samuel Clemens. He intended to provoke people. I think people should just suck it up and look past the language.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  99. Logan

    Huckleberry Finn is an American Classic. If you change it, it is like you are changing the history of our country. If people don't want to read it, that is their problem, it is no reason to change one our country's most famous novels.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  100. Kaitlyn

    Personally, I've always like Mark Twain...taking out certain words, it wouldn't make me more interested knowing that he's been censored. It doesn't so much anger me either. I just think it isn't necessary, because in this modern world we can get over the fact that that was the way black people were refered to, its how they were described even sometimes.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  101. Amy

    If you take away words from Twain's writing, you take away his writing style. And without his style what do his books become? I think that if you were to replace the words he said, the words that were most common in his time, you would replace the value and the message of his books.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  102. Sami

    I think they should keep the original copies because, that is how they talked back then. People today say it in a harmful way. Samuel Clemens did mean it to offend people.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  103. Persephone

    Changing a book for the purpose of pleasing the masses brings us one step closer to a totalitarian dictatorship.
    The reason Mark Twain wrote 'Huckleberry Finn' was to capture the time and be provacative. If the words are changed in any way, then the image is changed. It no longer holds the meaning it was written with.
    Besides, if the reader's goal is to not be offended, then they should pick up an abridged copy OR not read books at all.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  104. BRAYDEN

    I dont think id read it after the change just because the origional writting shows what time period it was written and also the situations they experenced in that time. I say keep the classic!

    January 6, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  105. Patrick

    I think it is thoughtless and disrespectful to censor Twain's writing. The language he used was indicative of the time and the culture that he lived in, not any anti-black sentiments of his own. Though the editing won't detract from the story, it will change the overall feeling of the novel.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  106. samantha

    I don't think they shoud change the words in the books because it wouldn't mean the same thing. Mark Twain probally wrote those books the way he did so we could see how people really were,so if you changed it,it just woulden't be the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  107. Molly

    I don't think that it is good to change the words in any book, even if it is a very offensive word like the N word, but it is even worse to change words in books like Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, which are classics. It changes the mood of the book, and makes it less true to history.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  108. Donovan

    I think that its doesn't matter how the books are made. The book is supposed to be based on natural history. Turns out everybody would "sawyer" post if you would make one.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  109. Chasity

    I don't think they should change the books, because that was the way people talked back then. Also you could see how powerful the "N" word really was when used it back in the day. Also the books kids read now adays are way worse than the "N" word in Huckleberry Fin.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  110. Megan

    A word is a word. I think it would disrupt the impact of the story told in the book. The word was chosen for a purpose and if the word is changed, the purpose changes too. Then the book is not as good as it once was, in my opinion.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  111. Jessie

    I think it is disgraceful to change a book like that, especially a classic book that everyone’s heard of. It changes the whole story and ruins the point, and it erases any trace of the writer’s mindset when he was writing it. Whoever is upset about bad language needs to get over it, because that’s how it was.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  112. Luke

    I really do not care if they change the "N" word out for slave. I don't think it will change the book enough to where somebody wouldn't read the book.I know that i wouldn't.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  113. Josh

    I don't think they should change the book because by doing so it defeats part of what Mark Twain is trying to portray. Like Mehvish said I would not want anyone to change my book

    January 6, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  114. Jake

    I think it would be wrong to edit the book because it would take out how bad people were treated back then and that was what Mark Twain wanted to show us.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  115. Katherine

    If publishers were to edit and change Huckleberry Fin and Tom Sawyer, the meaning and dynamic of the stories would change as well. The way he talks reflects his true purpose for his writing. Yes, the language might be harsh in today’s standard, but with the setting of the story it’s necessary. People shouldn’t be offended by our history and their heritage.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  116. Joesph

    It all depends on who's perspective it is. Some parents might think that repeating the n word would offend people. But in all honestly if a classic book is written and no complained about it until now then it should not be changed just to fit common society. I mean it's a classic.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  117. Willow

    I believe that the editor should not change Mark Twain’s books. These unique books are classics. The language is from the time period he chose to write about, and it gives character to the story. The books will lose some interest without the language Twain used. It is wrong for this editor to want to twist the story by taking out critical lanuage. It would be one thing if Mark Twain changed them, but not the editior who doesn’t understand Twain’s point of view.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  118. Miss G's Class Pasadena TX

    We think that the book should remain in it's original form because it is based on a historical time period and reflects that time period. Changing the "N" word could alter the vision of the reader by softening how African Americans were treated. However, there is one student who strongly believes that the book should change because of the negative use of the "N" word.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  119. Duffison

    I think that changing Twain's book Huckleberry Finn is not a good thing. I don't see how it will make readers want to read it. A classic is a classic and it shouldn't be changed. That book is a great book because of the time that it took place. During that time, they used that language to make the book unique. That book will already be remembered forever, so don't even try to change it. Respect the classics man!

    January 6, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  120. Madelyn

    ... Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are both classics that Mark Twain left behind for us. He made them the way they are for a reason, that was how he wanted to be remembered. He wrote it the way that they spoke in those days. I feel that it should not be changed because it is the last of him. Those books are Mark Twain.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  121. Zack

    Personly i think that the book shoulb be revised because if some students see that kind of language there not going to be paying attention to the book there are going to just giggle and laugh at the words they see.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  122. Anthony

    They should not change it is wrong to do that. I also love that book! 🙂

    January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  123. Ashlye

    I think it is a bad idea to change Mark Twain's original writings. He took the time to write the books, and to me, it is very inconsiderate of any person to change them. Perhaps, libraries should inform readers of the language used in the books and have a parent sign a permission slip to let them read the books.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  124. Lacey

    I think it would be destructive. The reason we are still talking about these books after 125 years is because they are so popular. Mark Twain is an excellent writer, changing the words in the books may seem a little offensive. I have read Huckleberry Finn and I thought it was a great book that does not need to be changed.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  125. Samuel

    Changing Twain's literature shouldn't be done. He wrote those books to explain a history to the future generations, and we can interpret them so that we can learn from the mistakes of our ancestors and create a better future for our country, rid of racism and full of learning.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  126. Austin

    I think this is very wrong of changing the classic book just because people dont know how to handle the discussion of a 125 year old book. what has the world become of.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  127. Austin

    I can understand both sides of the arguement here and I see Pros and Cons of both keeping the original books, and changing them. But the point of using that word in the story is to rise social awarness and I know we have come a long ways with social rights, but we still have alot to go.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  128. MeG

    Horrible! We must keep a historical perspective to show how far we have come or how much more work we need accomplish.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  129. Andrea

    I dont think that they should get rid of the classics because he wrote the story the way that he wanted to for a specific reason. I think that if they want to make a new re-worded copy removing the "N" word than go for it but i think that they should keep the classics and give the kids a choice on what book they would like to read.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  130. Robert

    If the book is being changed because it afends people the dont read the new version read the original and everyones happy.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  131. Brandon

    I think that when the edit the books it will take part of the storyline out....This in turn will ruin the books.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  132. morgan

    i think that it would be taking out a little peice of history out you read classic books you read about the time period and find out about the way they talk and the way they were. Not just the story but the what its based off of. I bet im not the only one who thinks that.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  133. Dorian

    What made Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn so important in the history of American literature was that it was the first to use entirely American dialect and issues. Changing it would lessen the books' historical importance. Sure, they would still be good books, but the messages would be dimmed and the obviousness of racism in America's past would be lowered.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  134. Kylee

    I can't tell you how many times my 8 year old brother has come up to me, after reading my explicit books, and asked what something means. To have them take out all of the "N" words in the books, would just mean 1 less word for my brother to ask about, until he is older. I am all for it!

    January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  135. Chelsie

    I think that there's really no reason to single out this one book; there are many other books with much worse material in them. Huckleberry Finn has been this way for a long time, so why change it now?

    January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  136. elizabeth

    I think that they shouldn't change anything in it because how he wrote it is how he meant it and by changing it it might change the meaning of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  137. Malachi

    Yah the n word is realy hurtful but it was written in the story and if someone changed the words to a story I wrote I would be realy upset!

    January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  138. Ethan

    I think that it is a good idea but at the same time it is not so good because it takes away from original text.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  139. Benjammin

    I don't like this idea. The "N" word is part of history. It's what was said in the time of the book and it should stay how it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  140. Sydnee

    It is very unnecessary for them to edit that word out. Especially in the days where that word was more common than it is now. The book is going to have a total different impact on kids and even adults.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  141. Rylee

    I think that editing these books takes away a lot of the culture that was put into them. We can't change history, why pretend that that time period never happened? It doesn't make me want to read the books any more than I do now. It is no longer the same book, it has been altered to be more time appropriate for the times and that is destructive to these books.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  142. Annie

    I think it is so unnecessary to change the writings of Mark Twains books. Every author should be able to have their own freedom of speech. I don't think it's fair, because this is not the only book that contains the "N" word.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  143. Cambry

    Mark Twain knew what he was writing. If it was accepted then, then why is it such a problem today? We shouldn't be changing what he wanted to have in there.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  144. Pablo

    i think they should keep the books the way they are because thats how the story goes why would you want to change the story i would have kids who are old enough read them and younger kids cant read them. i think that they should just keep the books the way they were published.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  145. Kaylee

    I do not think that they should change the book. It was written that way for a reason. Twain was making it realistic for the time period that it was written in.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  146. peter

    i think they should keep the books the same because the books wont ever be the same and they wont sound the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  147. Autumn

    No because it will have bad speaking words. I mean I would if they didnt have bad words in the books they yes I could read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  148. Maddison

    Kids will most likely not read the new edition. It would be better to read the original so they get the whole idea. We understand that they don't have the best words in them, but we want to learn as much as possible. So they shouldn't make a new book what so ever.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  149. eliza

    everything in a classic is written for a reason. if we take out some words, we take out some meaning.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  150. Zoë

    I think that it will be destructive to edit the book from what it already is. The book is a classic and editing will change the perspective of the history from the book. The language used helps create the theme and the setting of the book to help teach you about the feelings, thoughts, and things said at that time.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  151. Amanda

    I think the changes to Huck Finn won't hurt anyone. I agree that its more productive. Its easier to read when you're not distracted by the politically incorrect words. Its removes possible offense and doesn't take take away from the story.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  152. maddie

    Twain is not alive to give his consent, therefore it is not right for editors to change the print of the classic tale that has given America a sample of what life was truly like back in his times.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  153. Quinn

    Samuel Clemens is so famous for his writing style! He wrote how people really talked. The language he uses is important when reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. I do not think the vulgar language he uses in the book is used for a wrong purpose. It can be educating to see how blacks were treated and how uneducated children were. Sure, that kind of language should be discouraged in present times, but it IS for an educational purpose.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  154. Daltan

    I think that the N word in Huckleberry Finn should not be changed because people have enough common sense to know not to use that word.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  155. Hailey

    I think they should not. Getting all of the old books, fixing them, and sending them back will definatly take too much time. Plus it is what the poeple said back then, and you cannot chage every book that has just a word or two that you do not like.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  156. Savannah

    I have read the original Tom Sawyer and found nothing wrong with it. The "N" word was a word commonly spoken in that time, and so the books should NOT be edited. Editing these books will cause the message the author wanted to give to his audience to be lost. If someone finds certain words offensive, they can always put the book down and walk away.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  157. Morgan

    i think its not a bad idea because there is no reason to use the n word that many times....

    January 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  158. chase

    NO!

    January 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  159. Roxy

    Are you kidding me!!! When you change things in a book your not only taking away part of the story, BUT your censoring what people read! That is just plain wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  160. Brian

    i think that it is wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  161. Elizabeth

    I honestly don't think that editing Huckleberry Finn will get more people to read and/or buy it. No matter how much vile language you take out of the story, some people just don't read classics or stories of the same sort. I, personally, read the book and I sort of liked it, but I hardly payed any attention to the "n" word because I know that nobody should be saying things like that, but also because nobody needs to make a big deal out of it. I think that if you don't want to hear the foul language, don't read the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  162. emma

    Destructive. Let me guess, this is another one of those times where someone decided they were offended by a certain word in a mark twain classic. You people need to GET OVER IT!!!!!!! That was how they talked then. The goverment is taking everything away, and that includes our freedom of speech. This man was a great author and you are trying take a few words 'cause you got offended???? This is pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  163. Bryan

    It would be very destructive. If Mark Twain was alive, do you think he would like you making changes?

    January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  164. Larry

    The book is good the way it is. It shouldn't be changed otherwise it will change the meaning.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  165. Taylor

    No because it shouldnt be judged by the author.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  166. Cole

    I don't know what their thinking.Those people think it will be good for the kids and more appropiet.The book will just not make since.That editor is wrong,they will not get any more readers,they probility won't get any.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  167. Eliseo

    it would be bad because the school would have to pay for more books and good because the buy books any way.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  168. Elizabeth

    I think that taking the " 'n' word" out of Huckleberry Finn will just take away from the setting. The book is meant to say those things because it takes place in a time when African-Americans were more widely shunned and when such foul language was common.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  169. Kody

    Although it may change the meaning of the book in some ways, it will probably reach a larger audience. And it gives people a choice, they can either read the original version, or the new one. It's whatever they are most comfortable with.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  170. Coltin

    "Books are books, and should remain books!"

    January 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  171. Sydney.

    I think It would be very, very destructive. The first amendment states the freedom of speech, and by removing the 'N word' is violating Twain's freedom of speech, no matter how offencive it is to people, that IS the way they talked back then. And by banning the original book in schools, all they accomplished was placing shade over the eyes of students, trying to protect them from these words, but instead actually blocking them from the reality of the cruelity of the world.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  172. Keshia

    I say destructive because if they change the words it will miss the whole point of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  173. Anonymous

    By changing the words used by Twain in his books, publishers are making Twain's book not his own.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  174. Demi

    It would be destructive because back then that is how people talked and if you don't like how they talked then don't read the book, and I think Mark Twain wouldn't be to happy if you changed what he wrote.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  175. Mitch

    By changing Twain's words in his own literature, publishers are making Twain's book not his own.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  176. Tanaya

    Why would you want someone to change your book , Especially because you took your time writing it. Why wouldn't you keep it the way it was ? When I write a book I don't let no one change it because it belongs to me and sometimes the things they think of aren't something we would really want in our book , it might be a good idea but still write your own book if you want to edit one.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  177. Allison

    I think they should leave the book the way it is. It reflects how people thought of African Americans back then, and seeing as they didn't SAY the word "slaves" they should leave it the way it is. Even if it is offensive, it will make us realize how different things are today than how they were when slavery was a part of normal life.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  178. Christinaa

    I think that it is better to leave it in it's original state. It reflects the way things were back then. If he literally took his time to sit down and write a whole book and have it published it great. I know that I wouldn't want anyone to change my accomplishment. I honestly think that taking out the "N Word" isn't and wouldn't be right to Mr. Mark Twain.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  179. Zoe

    I don't believe Twain's work should be edited. There is a reason he used the words he did, and if someone doesn't like it then they shouldn't read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  180. Lexi

    I think that changing the words in Mark Twains books is wrong. It is a classic and all classics should remain the same. There are so many other novels out there with offensive language and terms and i dont see them changing all of them.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  181. Anonymous

    There are lots of books withe the n word and words worse then the n word so by changing Mark Twains books the government should change all the books with "bad" words. Besides you cant really change the n word because "black person" or "african american" is still offensive to most people. Another thing is that no one cares anymore! The n word is a word that everyone says ranging from 6 year olds and up. Also it is not as offensive now as it was 20 years ago.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  182. Kate

    I think that it should stay the same. I have read the books and it would change the meaning of what Mark Twain intended it to be. Another thing is that it shouldn't matter about what the word is, it was just used during that time period, which should be understandable.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  183. austyn

    i think no because its just a desciptive word. and thats how they described african american people in that time period. and the editors are trying to sensorship.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  184. Emanuel

    For the Mark Twain book being changed what would you replace the n-word with? Taking that word out could make the book terrible and/or boring.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  185. Cole

    Huckleberry Finn is a classic and as a classic should stay as it is. Editing the creative works of someone else is acceptable. Editing the creative works of someone who is no longer around and has no say in it is not.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  186. justin

    This is a classic and now it is being changed?

    January 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  187. Samson

    This book along with "To Kill a Mockingbird" uses the "N" word. If you alter the book you are altering history. To quote Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, "We cannot turn back." Let's all move forward and learn the lessons these books wanted us to learn.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  188. Morgan

    I don't think they should change it. The "N" word is just desrbing Afriacan American's, it's not being used to offend people. Plus people need to know that is how in the olden days that is how they spoke. So, some people just need to deal with it.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  189. Maximilian

    I believe that censoring Mark Twain's books is destroying peoples' understanding of the time period. Also, parts of the book would not make sense wihout the offensive language, albeit the parts that would not make sense were minor parts to the book. Mark Twain's works should not be edited as he is possibly one of the greatest authors to have ever lived.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  190. Danielle

    People shouldn't change what Mark Twain wrote, if he didn't want specific words in it he wouldn't have wrote it like that! He took his time to write the book as he wanted not as others wanted.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  191. Phil

    I do not think that the words should not be changed. The "bad" words are very important to show the feelings of the author and how people of that time period felt about different people. I feel that the reader will not get the same feel from reading the novels if those specific words are taken out, considering how many there are.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  192. Madison

    I think that they should not be able to change the books because when you change a classic it loses it's essence and meaning. When they use those words they are being descriptive and telling how people acting in those days.Not being wanting to take it personally. And why should publishing compainies be able to change books that have been around for a long time and people never had a problem with them till now.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  193. will

    There are thousands of other books that have context that certain people find offensive. Why change this timeless classic? The author wrote the book the way he wanted it to be. Why do we have to change it? If people keep doing things like this, all of our greatest literature will be lost.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  194. santo

    I think it's a good idea to edit Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Twain wrote in 19th century style, which can not only be confusing but also offensive to some people. Taking out the 'N' word is a very good idea, as many people are offended by it. On the other hand, taking those kinds of things out takes out the style and historical quality the story has. As long as they don't go too crazy and change the whole book, I see no problem with editing a few words, especially if it opens the world of Tom and Huck to a whole new generation of readers.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  195. Sheng-Jie

    It's destructive. If I somehow get some interest on that book. I definitely want to read the oringnal version. Removing or changing the words would never drive me to the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  196. Arkeith

    i think its okay too use the N words in books. because your cool

    January 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  197. robert

    it will make me not want to read the books. i think this because it is how the author writes the book so you should not be thinking the author should not be able to write what he wants to.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  198. Marcus

    I think they should keep it the same its wrong but keep it the same because it wont be the same. Personally i think its disrespectful to people and no one should say stuff like that or anything.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  199. heather

    mark twain is a good wirter and he's books are good and i have't read them yet.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  200. Danielle

    I think that students should get to read these books because they could teach a lesson about life in some parts.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  201. sergio

    yes it would make a big change and I think that people should be able to read the original history of those books .Changing them is insulting Mark Twain

    January 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  202. sean

    just do read it

    January 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  203. Cassandra

    Editing out his stories wouldn't make the book any better. That's how the launguage was at the time, and by replacing words is like changing the title of the book. The books are old fashioned and worth a lot, so changing it would make them worthless and not worth reading as much!

    January 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  204. Noah

    I don't think it should be edited because. it need to be a orignal copy of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures Of Tom Sawer because they might nedd it in the future.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  205. Kenzie

    I think that it is very good that the these people did this because i don't think other kids and teachers would like to read other words that are not appropriate for modern time

    January 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  206. Noah

    They shouldn't do that because thats like taking the story away from the book. Maybe there not the best words, but he's expressing how it should be.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  207. Bailey

    Destructive,for a couple of reasons. The language in the stories tell about the time period they were in and how they talked in that time, changing it would ruin the book. If the schools don't want the books because of foul language, then the kids aren't mature enough to understand it. Classics are classics, leave them alone.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  208. Falann

    Well I personally would rather read the original version because it's the actual version. The redone versions aren't nearly as good as the original.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  209. Cody

    I think I would not read them if they are changed, that is the whole point of the book, it would be like reading a whole different book, i would not want to read them.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  210. Hannah

    Well I think it is not right because they are putting different words inside a different book and not the real story of the Book

    January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  211. Kacie

    I think they shouldn't change the words in these CLASSIC books. It takes away the culture and the meaning form the book. Yes, I understand that that word is not appropriate in modern day schools but they should not change the words of a classic book.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  212. Jason

    I think this is a worse idea because some people might like the other ones. I think they should just have them both for peoples opinion. I haven't read any yet though. Some people might think it's not appropriate for kids, but that's why I said that they should have both. I think it is a personal opinion.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  213. Levi

    I think that less people will read the books but the N word should never be in the book in the first place.......[I have a colored step dad and I have been encountered about it] and it is so inappropriate.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  214. Hannah

    I think that they should keep the books,because there are many more books that have swear words and stuff like that on them.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  215. Cjj

    I think they should not change the work of an author.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  216. Sammi

    Changing the original writing is like trying to change history. I think it's wrong to not let students to see the real history. They should keep the books how they are and let the kids use only to study or use for history projects.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  217. Brendan

    I think what the publishers are doing is making the book unlikable and they should be left alone. They are ruining classics...

    January 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  218. Taliah

    Its not the same!. I think if the person who wrote the book found out that some on was changing his book he would be upset!. I mean its not ok to say Bad words but he is explaining what was going on in that time and that is what black people were called. It changes the whole book.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  219. Dey

    I think it shouold be changed because everyone knows thats a bad hateful word. What if it had derogatory words for jewish or mexican people? It would be gone quick,fast, and in a hurry.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  220. Morgan

    I don't think it's ever okay to change literature from the original unless you're translating the language or something. those "bad" words were in the book for a reason, to get a point across, and it's ridiculous to change that.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  221. Aley

    I understand why some people want it changed. In today's world that type of language is unacceptable. However, the book preserves history and the way that things were in that time. If this book is to be changed then so will many many more.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  222. Alisha

    To me, it seems as though the editor is destroying a piece of history. People don't go back and edit the Bible because it uses words that are now considered to be bad. So why should someone go back and change the dialogue of Huckleberry Finn just because society has changed? It should not be altered

    January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  223. Randall

    There's absolutely no reason to change anything in the book. How it's wrote is how it was supposed to be written. So what's the point?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  224. Cristofer

    What the publisher just did was changing history, which is impossible. There is no way people can change history at all. So I suggest that people should read the original version.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  225. Katie

    This is a CLASSIC book. Changing a word that appears over 100 times no longer makes it a classic.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  226. Ace

    The book should remain in its original contents. The "N" word was used back in those days and it's apart of history, so if it were to change it would be like trying to change history.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  227. noah

    i think we shouldn't change it because it would ruin knowledge, even if it may be bad now, it was how they talked before

    January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  228. Jordan

    I think that leaving the book with it's regular words, would be better, because taking out the words as you said yesterday, would take away the point of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  229. brianna

    Well I wouldn't read it if they made changes. Huckle Berry Finn has been out for so long, wouldn't it just ruin some American history? And why are they just now trying to change it, if it's been out for so long? I personally think the "N" word isn't as bad as some other words.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  230. Heather

    I think that they should keep it as it originally was, changing some of the words is like trying to change the way people were back then. It's history, and should be left alone. Even if it may offend some people.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  231. Paige

    In my opinion, I do not think Mark Twain's or anybody elses' books should be edited. In literature a lot of inappropriate words are used, those who read it should be mature enough to handle it. Also part of what makes Mark Twain's books his own is the way he wrote and the words he used. The use of the "N" word just depicts how people used to talk back in that time, it sets the whole background.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  232. Leslie

    When they change the words up in the book, it could help little kids understand it more. But for everyone else that has read the story before, it can't and will never mean the same thing.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  233. Fallon

    I think they shouldn't change the "special words" in the new edition. Books are written for people to express themselves,entertain the reader and tell experiences. Certain words in the book are what make it so real, and give you a grasp on exactly how it was during that time. Replacing the words would corrupt history as we know it. If kids want to read it then let them,they'll end up reading it when they get older anyways.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  234. jeremy

    I think they should not change the book. It is changing the way history was at that time.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  235. Nikki

    I think that it is Destructive if the aurther didn't write the book that way leave it alone ...don't change history

    January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  236. Krystal

    I don't think they should change the words in someone else's book!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  237. Levi

    I honestly think that this is really not the best choice for the book. I think that the children need to know the way life was around that time period. It's just not going to be the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  238. Antion

    Well I think that they should take out the word n#### because I think kids shouldn't see that word in the book because if the kids see the word the will think it is ok to go around and saying that word to kids, teachers, and maybe even there parents. That's why the word n#### shouldn't be in books.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  239. Shane

    Leave History Alone. That is the original context of the book. It is a classic and should not be changed.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  240. JAMES

    I THINK THEY SHOULD KEEP THE N WORD BECAUS IF THERE MATURE ENOUGH THAT CAN HANDEL IT SO YES THEY SHOULD KEEP THE N WORD IM NOT SAYIN ITS RIGHT BUT THEY SHOULD KEEP IT .

    January 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  241. Travis

    Personally I think that because that man changed the story, it will completely ruin it. People should know what it was like back in those times and editing the story to replace the n word masks the truth of what really went on in those days.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  242. noah

    why do they wanna change the book? it is a good book, even though it may be a bad thing

    January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  243. dezy

    i think they shouldn't remove the the "N" because if their mature enough then they shoudn't they should acted like us kids yes we laugh but then we stop cause thats so childish for adults 2 laugh they should be used 2 that

    January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  244. Annabel

    I don't think it should be changed because I fell that it would be changing a part of history. It should be told how it was, not how it would be now.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  245. shawn

    I think that it should not change because they might just want to change it back later in life.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  246. Jared

    It's not okay that they're censoring this! It is his work of art and they don't have the right to do this. The story has those words to convey a point. Without that, it is no longer his story. Art is art, and if someone is afraid to see that word, then it should be kept in the adult section.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  247. Shane

    History publications should not be changed. It they were going to changed it, it should have been years ago.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  248. Jalan

    I think they should keep the book the way it is. If you take the n word the book will be completely different. Using the n word lets you know the time when the book was written and shows you how African Americans were treated back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  249. Shane

    The classic publication of the book should not be changed.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  250. Shane

    The content in the book should not be changed it is a classic.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  251. Muslimah

    I think it's not a big of a deal that everyone is making it out to be. I feel as though the book wasn't intentionally meant to be misunderstood. It was meant to be a book that was entertaining and also inspirational at the same time.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  252. Chante

    Mark Twain wrote the book how he wanted it and I really don't like the fact how someone can change it. On the other hand the "N" word is highly recommended a strong word against us African Americans.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  253. Shane

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer does have uncalled for language. But the book was published in the 1800's and is a classic.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  254. Anonymous

    I think they should leave it because i would rather read the original than a edited one.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  255. maria

    i think it's destructive. I admit, change can be good sometimes but maybe not in this case. People who already enjoy the books may not like the changes. The author worked hard on those books and making changes to it would just be like saying it's not good enough. He had it the way he wanted it, so why change it?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  256. Madison

    I don't think they should take out the word because I would rather read the original copy of the book, not something that has been modernized. People should take offense to the word that is being removed because back in that time period, it was the way people talked!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  257. Matt

    I think you should leave it because it explains how the story is written. if you take away it doesn't have the full effect on the readers that it should. a lot of other books swear and we don't edit those so why would we edit a historical book?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  258. Katelyn

    I think this is destruction. I think this because its a classic and you shouldn't change it. There is a thing called freedom of speech and in the books Mark Twain isn't calling anyone names he is just showing how people talked when he was living. He was trying to give you the full affect. Just because there are words that are offensive doesn't mean everyone who reads it is gonna talk like that or believe in it. They should just leave them how they are!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  259. Mark

    I think that changing the contacts would change the book tremendously. It wouldn't seem the same as reading the book in its original state. It would be like taking the Declaration of Independence and changing everything. We have to remember back when this was written, this is how people would talk to each other. Mark Twain didn't use these words at anyone or against a certain group of people. Therefore I think the book should stay in its original state.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  260. karen

    i think that they should take of those world because some people wouldn't like it

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  261. Kayla

    I think that the publisher should not change the text in the books. This is the way that Mark Twain wanted them written so it should stay this way. The words being use in these books are not being used to call anyone names. It is used this way because that is the way the people back then spoke.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  262. Carlos

    I think they should keep it the way it is because i rather read the original from Mark Twain words than somebody else's.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  263. Justice

    I think that changing the language in the book would be unfair because in the constitution it says people have a freedom of speech so why are they allowed to change it. Ya the language in the book might be bad but it is not calling anyone names it's just how they spoke back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  264. Samantha

    I think they should leave his stories the way they are because changing one word changes the spirit and emotions of the story and what's a story if you can't capture the writers emotions?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  265. paco

    i think it will be destructive cause they didn't write those words in a bad way well that is my opinion

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  266. Samantha

    I think it is destructive because it will ruin the meaning of the book. I agree that that it is an inappropriate word and might offend some people, but it is showing how people actually talked back then. So in my opinion Mark Twains books shouldn't be changed just because he used a word that is not used often now.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  267. Michael

    I think the changes in the books would be destructive. Mark Twain was not using the words as name calling words, but he used them because that is how the talked back then because there still was heavy segregation in America. So again I think the books should not be changed from there original form.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  268. Riley

    Changing old classics would be changing the way people talked and felt then. That would destroy the cultural aspect of the book, when people read books like Tom Sawyer or huckelberry fin they want to be able to go into there world and view it in there pespective.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  269. alvon

    I think yes they should because if someone read the book in do not no what there talking about they would take it offensive.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  270. Araceli

    It will be destructive because what people write is nothing to do with you guys cause they put hard work on writing the book. That's their descison and they put their hard work on that book. If I wrote a book i wouldn't care what they think cause I put my hard work on that book. And I wouldn't want anyone to change it.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  271. Christo

    They should keep the book the same because thats how it was made and if they changed it. I think people won't want to read it and it won't be a classic!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  272. Anonymous

    I think that changing the language is unfair because the book didn't say bad words. In law there's rules and rules are rules so, I think it's unfair.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  273. Victor

    I think that taking out these words would be destructive. This is because Mark Twain is not using it in a bad manner(name calling, insulting)he is talking like talked back then. If I was reading the story, I would want the original format, but for young children I guess you could take the (bad) words out.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  274. Jamie

    I don't think they should edit the book. It's been a classic for so long..why change it now? It's like changing a part of history basically. If it wasn't a problem before why bring it up now because one person wants to change it? The "N word" was just how people said it back then..it's not their fault how they were taught about things.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  275. Isis

    They Should Change The Book Because People Might Be Offended Or Something.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  276. Patricio

    I think that changing the language is unfair because the book didn't say bad words. In law there's rules and rules are rules so, I think it's unfair.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  277. Jovan

    I think that they should keep the book because this book tells true history; whether one sees it or not. And history shouldn't be changed as well as any true fact.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  278. Lucas

    This is flat out wrong. People should understand that this author was before the time that this word was exactly "bad". So basically, they are destroying a piece of history and art.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  279. Rich

    I think changing the book is like trying to go back and change history. The book represented a point in time when that language was used, nothing more, nothing less.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  280. Jordan

    I don't think they should change it because it was his book and his choice of words.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  281. Shelby

    I believe that by changing the words, they are changing what Mark Twain grow up with. The words used are not trying to harm people it was just the way the talk back then, and when we read it, we need to read it as it was wrote. If we start changing that then we will have to start changing many books and in turn that will change the meaning of the books. I also think that Twain didn't mean to harm any African Americans by using the "N" word because that is what African Americans were called in his time not like what it stands for in today's time. I just don't think that we need to change what he wrote, it would not be right.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  282. Marcus

    I don't think they should change it because if they don't like it, they don't have to read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  283. ben

    why are they making a big deal out of it The book is showing how the world used to be in America

    January 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  284. Dustin

    Why are they making a big deal out of calling someone that? Honestly the book is showing how people treated them back then and it won't be as realistic.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  285. Josh

    I think they should change the book because that choice of word is offensive. However, I think they should sell the original and the let the readers choose which one they want to read.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  286. Carli

    I don't want them to change the language in Huck Finn because it would change how the story portrays the time where the story takes place.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  287. Adam

    I do not think that they should change it because it was what they said back then and was to teach people not to treat people like that. I wish they wouldn't say the "n" word so much in that book but it's the way he wrote it. But it would be nice if they could make an edited book and normal one.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  288. Colton

    I think it would be dumb to change the original book.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  289. Avery

    I don't agree with them taking out offensive words because that is just how thy talked back then!

    January 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  290. lindsay

    i think electronic books would really help the students get into school more. yes some kids won't respect it, but it will help get the students attention in the work.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  291. Erin

    Why would you want to change a classic? That book was published when that word was used normally. A classic is a classic. Why change it?

    January 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  292. lindsay

    changing the words of the book won't make any difference. if it is because of the language, i'm sure students have see, heard, or said far worse.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  293. Adam

    No, I believe that Mark Twain did this to make people feel bad about the language.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  294. allision

    i think it goes both ways. its good to change the words to understand the story better so its no so confusing. but its also bad because like they said it might change the meaning of the story and we wouldn't want that.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  295. Katie

    This is really stupid- why change the wording of books when it changes the meaning of what Mark Twain wanted you to get from the book?

    January 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  296. Packer

    i think editing the books is a bad idea. the book is written like that for a reason. you dont see those people editing all the other offensive language in millions of other books, why not edit all bad words if you do this??

    January 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  297. erika

    they shouldnt change the book if they do it just changes the purpose of the book. the h word in the book is not meant to be offensive its just how they talked back then it shouldn't be changed.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  298. Kirsty

    I believe that it would change the whole story of the book. Mark Twain wrote it from that times point of view. If you change it, it wouldn't be a Mark Twain original.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  299. megan

    i think the book shows ho it really was to live in the time period. it would be defeating the purpose of the book and getting the point across. but if they do edit that word, they should also edit all of profanity in every book because it is also offensive.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  300. jake

    if people get offended that easily then they have serious issues. the book is meant to portray what it was like at that time, if it is changed then honestly the book does not have the same feel as it should. i dont agree with their change

    January 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  301. kyle

    i dont think they should change the books, its just the way people talked back then. if people dont like it then they shouldnt read it. leave it alone. it was written that way for a reason

    January 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  302. Jacob

    I don't think they should censor Huck Finn. I know that the words they're taking out are sensitive, but the book wasn't meant to be racist. He actually was against racism, he only put those words in because they were used during the times.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  303. Philip

    As to changing books like Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, etc, it takes away some of the ability to pull out the intense emotion. Plus the words and language were used to get a message kind of describing that time period across, i do not think it was for other purposes.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  304. Brittany

    I think that people just shouldn't read it if it's going to offend them. Andeven if schools ban the books there is still the store. so they just shouldn't change it- and I would read it just the way it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  305. christina

    no that was the language that they used back then,. the language that he uses defines the book, it shows the way that the characters are,.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  306. adriene

    i believe they should just leave the books written by Mark Twain, because the books were written 105 years ago. why all of the sudden change the book now? the book is not calling out bad words to the reader, those are just words they would say back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  307. Darrell

    Did they really have nothing better to worry about? The book has been that way for a long time why change it now? the way it is written provokes a feeling, changing the way it is written changes the feeling. if someone finds it offensive, they can choose not to read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  308. Taylor

    I think that even though the language in Huck Finn is offensive, it really helps our perspective of how people thought back then. So I don't think they should change anything.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  309. Paige

    Changing the original words in such classics like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer is like changing the whole time period! It's the way things were, and it wasn't meant to offend only to show how it was back in the era of slavery.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  310. Meaghan

    I really don't think they should change the book because it is part of our history...I know they changed Shakespear books but that was only so we could read them easier and more fluentley, but changing this particular book won't make people want read them more.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  311. Jenah

    The book should not be edited because the language is an example of the time. You do not change a good piece of writing just because someone doesn't like it. If they don't like it then don't read it. I Bet the writer wasn't trying to please everybody. so why are they trying to now?

    January 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  312. Erin

    No one should change this classic book. It kills the meaning of the book. This was the way Mark Twain intended it to be written. Why would you want to change that?

    January 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  313. leslie

    i think it would be a terrible. it would be destructive! it was his words, if people have a problem with that, then dont read it. changing someone elses words is wrong. in the time he wrote the book, it wasnt a bad thing. they need to get over it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  314. hayley

    it will be destructive because its changing the meaning of the book and i think its unfair to the author, nobody should have the right to republish a book besides the person who wrote it. the book is intended to provoke, without those words, it wouldn't

    January 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  315. maddie

    no i disagree completely the way Mark twain made the dialect is the power of the book and he wrote it that way for a reason! i think people should leave it as it originally was!

    January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  316. Edianne

    Changing one little word can change the whole meaning of the story and this story has been around for years if the people didn't like the bad words when Mark Twain wrote it they should have told him

    January 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  317. Jennifer

    If people want to read a book, the language of the story won't stop them. Mark Twain was an excellent author and his original words shouldn't be rewritten.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  318. Panda

    I think that changing words in the books is unconstitutional. We have freedom of speech. Mr. Twain was reflecting the time period he was in. I think that is unfair.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  319. Jose

    I think it is bad because those are his own words and they should not change them.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  320. josh

    I don't think it would be right to change the wording of the books because your changing history. If people don't like the words then they shouldn't read it. its kind of like changing the bible because it offends people you don't change something as historic as that.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  321. Christian

    I personally think that since the book is so old changing certain words would be bad for it. Especially since the people who are going to change it did not write the book or put any help into it. So I think that would be destructive and unfair.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  322. Tyler

    Productive because, yeah the words may be inappropriate but thats how they talked back then. In the Constitution one of the rights is freedom of speech. That book has Mark Twain's language he used when he wrote that book and if you change the book it's like taking a piece of history away.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  323. Myranda

    I think changing the book would be not a good idea because that is what he wrote and if people were to change it, it just wouldn't be right. Think of it this way, if you wrote a book with bad language and somebody else went to change it. How would you feel? I know i wouldn't like it at all.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  324. Seth

    i think that if some words are changed more people might read it, but the stories are what had really happened and what had been said. If that it is changed what would they replace the words with?

    January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  325. Mark

    i personally think that editing the books is a bad idea. it is written for a good reason. why should we change the words it will messed is up the hole story. so i really thing no

    January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  326. Kyle

    Destructive. I think you should keep the classic's the way they should be. Even if the words can be offensive to some viewers, they're Twain's words that he put.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  327. D'Vairo

    I don't think they should change this book because it was made this way for an important reason. This book was meant to be real with people so it doesn't hide anything and tell them that this is how it was back then. People shouldn't get offended for being told the truth.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  328. Tianna

    I think editing the book is a bad idea because he wrote them like that for a reason and if people were doing research on his books or reading them or something like that i bet they would want to read the original writing i know i would. And plus if Mark Twain was alive and they said they were going to change the words in his book I don't think he would be to happy about it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  329. Bobby

    Yes I think it is appropriate to eliminate racist language in these books because I think it is important for students to not be exposed to words that are offensive to people.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  330. Kristina

    I would say yes for sure!! Because it would make it more understandable. Also editor could make bad language and turn it to something even more appropriate for younger children.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  331. Ben

    I think that they should leave the book alone, that's how history played out. You shouldn't just go back and edit history, what happened, happened. Its also a good reminder of how to improve america by looking back at its past.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  332. Ashley

    I really do think that changing the words in the book changes the point and thoughts from the story, the offencive words give better detail of the setting they were in.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  333. Tyler

    i think its dumb it defeats the point of thee book

    January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  334. dylan

    I think its stupid. The book is just trying portray what it was like back then. So if you take out all the bad words it changes the whole meaning of the book, Doing this isnt gonna help anyone, we cant shelter kids forver

    January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  335. Taylor

    I think it is destructive to change the book. It should be kept the way it was because that's how it was originally.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  336. Clay

    the whole point of the "N" word in the book is to tell the readers that it is the way people talked back then, he's not being racist he's just showing how life was back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  337. MoAnA

    I personally feel that they shouldn't do that to mark twain's novels. Those specific words used in his books are there for a reason and i think that mark twain knew he could have used better words but he put them there to show the people of now days or in the future know just how dramatic and bad it was back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  338. Jesslyn

    I think I would be more willing to read Huckleberry Finn if it didn't have the n-word. It would be easier and more comfortable for me to read. While reading it I feel like I have a constant censor in my head that goes off but I'd rather have it edited for me.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  339. Daniel

    no, i am disgusted that someone would try to change the work. when something like that is done, you would usually need permission to do that, and since i really doubt that they would get it, they shouldn't be changing that anyway. aside from that, the author's purpose in writing huck fin was to show people how bad slavery was, and now people just look at it as a distant memory. these kind of things should not be forgotten, and that is why huck fin should remain as the author intended it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  340. Laura

    This is telling people how to think. If people don't like that language, they don't have to read it. Back then that is how people thought and spoke back when the book is set to take place. That form of language is not offensive unless you decide it is. I think that people should be more willing to understand that even if such language is not acceptable anymore than it was not considered offensive back then. It carries a piece of our history that I don't think we should demolish or hide that even if we don't like it, it still happened.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  341. Hailey

    Like they said, it was that time era, and how everything was being referred to. I don't think I would read Huck Finn again after it is "edited" because it might change the meaning of the whole story, and how it all is portrayed.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  342. Moe

    No. i think no because that's how they really talked back in the day. So it gives it the real feel to the book. That's how they were so i think people should just deal with it:)

    January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  343. JON

    I don't think that the language should be changed because its like that for a reason it gives the book a feel that mark twain wanted it to have changing the language is not going to attract more readers i don't think it should be changed

    January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  344. McKay

    I think they should have and edited and an explicit version. This way people that want the original the way that it is can have it and those who are offended can still enjoy the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  345. Emily

    I think they shouldn't edit an already published book. There is nothing wrong with it. Mark Twain was writing how it actually was back then, he wasn't trying to offend people. If people aren't mature enough to read the book and not be offended, they shouldn't read it at all.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  346. Graystorm

    If people are too sensitive of traditional content then they don't have to read it

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  347. Mitchell

    what twain says in his books are to make a point, he is not trying to offend anyone. if people dont like what he says then they dont have to read them, just turn your head and stop making such a big deal

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  348. SHAUN

    I would rather read the original piece by Mark Twain the way it was intended to be read. It does have something to do with the time era using the n word, so i would say it is okay for them to re write the book, but make sure the public knows that it was done. So they have a choice whether or not they want to read the original or the new version.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  349. Jazmin

    I think it's kind of a bad idea to edit the offensive language because Mark Twain wrote his books like that for a reason. And he wanted to send a message out. So I think it should be kept the way it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  350. Alex

    I don't think they should change it. Back then they really talked like that. I think people should be mature and not get mad about it. It was the culture back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  351. Nate

    Changing the way that Mark Twain wrote is changing the whole meaning of the book and why he wrote it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  352. Myley

    Changing the book, will just make everyone buy the old version still.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  353. David

    The way Twain wrote these books gives a clear insight into the actual language used back in that time. If the book is edited, students lose the opportunity to connect with history. Of course if readers are squirmish or sensitive to things like that, they should read an edited version, but not a complete replacement for the original Mark Twain publication.

    I've heard it's offensive to read the words that would be edited out. If you get offended from a word only said, not even remotely directed at you (especially if the definition doesn't even apply to you), then you need to live in a box and close yourself off from the world.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  354. Megan

    I think that if publishers changed the language in the book, it would change the meaning of the book. If Mark Twain was alive I don't think that he would allow that. He wrote what he wrote in the book. If you change what was already there, it won't be an American classic anymore.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  355. Kiley

    changing the words, is changing the whole point to the book. the words help people get a better idea of what it was really like back in the day. if people don't want to see the "bad words" then they shouldn't read it. there are plenty of other educational books that schools can read besides this one.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  356. Stephen

    I don't think they should change it. It's an old classic, it's been a long time already, why did they choose to do it now and not earlier. I myself like it the classic way.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  357. JENNIE

    i think that even though this book says the N word more than 200 times doesnt mean they need to change it. I think the book should stay the same as twain wrote it. He wrote it that way for a reason and for the effect of the book. If it changes the book wont be the same. just leave it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  358. Regan

    Changing the words would make the book meaning less. The author put those words in the book for a purpose andn anyone who doesn't understand that and thinks sthe naughty words are funny are acting childish. The book wasn't meant for children it was meant for people who can understand and be mature about things like this.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  359. Maggie

    Destructive.Censoring this book is like censoring other things like video games or other books.This book teaches history of what some people acted like back then.We need to see our past to change how we act.I remember being in 6th grade and reading profanities is certain books.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  360. Tristan

    I believe more people would read it because more schools would accept it and make it part of the required literature.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  361. Casey

    By taking out the words that might be considered offensive would be wrong. Mark Twain wrote that book the way he did to show how people talked and acted in his time. He was exposing the way people were to the next generation and for those to come. He was using the words to get peoples' attention to change their ways. If you were to change this classic novel you might as well say that we didn't use those words back then or that Twain wasn't writing the truth. It would be like deleting all of our history. One thing my teacher always says is to look at history so we don't make the same mistakes. Maybe if we did this more often we would be in such deep holes that we are in now. Don't change this novel.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  362. Even

    It would be destructive because it was his original work.It was the language most people used at that time and if you got rid of those things it would make it sound like it was happy jolly land which it wasn't.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  363. Jonathan

    I do not believe that changing the words in the books Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer will make more people read them. To tell the truth, I think that it is just wrong to take a great author's books and change them as if they were their own.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  364. Isiah

    Mark Twain is a very good writer no doubt about it. His ideas changed the mind and the world. I think it is a bad idea.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  365. Zaisha

    I think editing one of the best books ever published isnt the best idea. Changing a classic tale,, probably wont increase the amount of people reading it.Most people love the classics. I do sooooo much. Thats just my opinion.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  366. Saki

    That's good for us because it is easier for us to read. For me, it's difficult to read the books which were written a long ago. However, by chinging some expressions, I'm sure more people will read these kinds of work.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  367. Ethan

    The first amendment says "freedom of the press". Mark Twain has every right to say what ever his heart desires, including that "n" word.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  368. Michael

    More people would not read. I think less people will read them because its not the same story without those words.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  369. Sarah

    If we censor history, then we will soon censor the present and then the future. Are we to teach the present generation (and future generations) that if you do not like something, you can simply cut it out of existence and prevent our children from reading classics.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  370. Leila

    I think that if Mark Twain saw what would be happening to his books he would be disappointed. I think if people don't like the language then just don't read the books, or have them in the library.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  371. Tessa

    I dont think editing the book will inspire kids to read it. Although if it was edited parents and teachers might recommend it for a reading book at school.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  372. Bradley

    I think its unfair to the reader because it is represents the emotion. The changes will change the way the reader's idea of how the characters are thinking and feeling.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  373. Hannah

    I think that if an author wrote a book a certain way, he/she wants it to be that way. No, bad words in books are not good for younger people, but then why do young kids read it?

    January 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  374. Janekwa

    i dont think that they should change the words in the book becuase they are really in there for a good reason. and read the book and i think that it may have some really bad words in there but the book was really great and it gave me a really great visual of how things really were i think if they change it , it will change the whole meaning of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  375. Kosuke

    Editing is really good thing, because more people might get interested in reading the book and try to get to know what the popular classic is. If they want to know 'original' edition, they can read "original' version after checking the contents by readin new version. So editing doesn't mean losing the good point of classics, way of use the word and langauge.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  376. Brian

    This is censorship. The publisher is adulterating the literature of a landmark American writer. Though the publisher may legally be allowed to do so, they shouldn't. They're fiddling with one of our nation's most treasured stories.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  377. Emily

    I really don't think this is a good idea. Twain used those words for a reason and to replace them will take away some of the meaning of the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  378. Bethany

    No because its good as it is i read part of Huck finn last year and it was a good book Mark Twain is a great writer and they shouldn't edit it

    January 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  379. Dalton

    i think its good because it might get more people to read it

    January 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  380. Makaela

       I think changing the words originally written by Mark Twain is disrespectful and pointless. I understand that the language may be offensive, but if that's how it was meant to be told then leave it. If Mark Twain were still alive do you think he would appreciate his work being torn apart and thrown away? And doesn't taking out those words defeat the purpose of the story?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  381. Jessica

    I think it is fine. It is offence today but it wasnt offensive back when he wrote it. It sets the [setting] more and helps you understand. I think that if teachers are going to use it as a teaching tool they should warn the kids ahead of time. But it is definitly a book worht reading, no matter the language.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  382. Joshua

    I have never actually read any of those books, but I don't think changing the words matter. If I could find these books, I would read them no matter what is written in it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  383. Curt

    Why would you ever want to change an american classic? Its like changing history. He (Mark Twain) wanted the words to be a specific way for a reason.It symbolizes the ways people did things in the 1800's and also how people thought about others.You can't shy away from every awkward word or offensive statement all the time, its just weak.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  384. Shobhanna

    I think that no matter if its Mark Twain's books or if its JK Rowling's books, you shouldn't change the words in the book, because you may not get the same meaning from them. If I were to take a paper somebody else wrote and worded it all differently, they wouldn't feel appreciated, so its basically an offense to the author. You wouldn't like it if somebody changed your book around to say something different, close, but still different.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  385. Bradley

    The bad words make you get what Mark Twain wants you to get.The bad words are what makes the story what it is.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  386. Zorainna

    I think that it would be an insult to the author if they changed or deleted words from his book. When someone writes a book, they assume that no one will change the words they have written. If you don't want to see those words then just don't read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  387. Elizabeth

    I would not be more likely to read Huckleberry Finn if they took all of the inappropriate words out. I would actually prefer reading it with them. I love reading the original copies of books, like the author wanted them to be read.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  388. Sarah

    books have history and culture. if you take out or change even one word, the set time period drastically seems too change

    January 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  389. Kara

    I think editing out ceirtin words just loses the point of the story. Just think if it was your book that you wrote and years later people just decied to change a few words that offend some people. You would be angry. It's your work of art not the editors. They are changing a book. In other words, they are changeing art. So, I think they should not change anything, but if they must, sell the original and the new, not so offensive, one. That way people have a chance to choose wich one they want to read.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  390. Zorainna

    I can understand that some people don't want to see those words in books but I think that, even though Mark Twain is dead, his books shouldn't be changed. How would you like it if you wrote a book you were proud of and, one hundred years later, someone changed the words you wrote? I wouldn't want someone changing what I write, and neither would Mark Twain.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  391. Emma

    Look. You destroy the book's entegrity when you edit it. I agree that bad language is horrible, but people only make it worse. But as these books are classic, I think you should just leave the book ALONE.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  392. Tessa

    If people didnt have a problem with the books wording before why do we need to change it now

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  393. tyrek

    I wouldn't want to read the cleaned up version. If those editors don't want us (students) to read it ban it from school and we'll just get it at Borders or something and read it at home. Anyway, I'd rather read the original so I can understand how life and poeple were back then.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  394. Lexie

    I don't agree that they should edit Mark Twain's books because that takes away the form of the book. I personally would NOT read those books after they were edited. I read Tom Sawyer and it was great the way it was.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  395. Amber

    I don't think they should change the books. I think that Mark Twain did that to form the book. The book has some rights too.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  396. Cathleen

    It doesn't matter whether or not editing the words in these books help get more readers.... editing the words of Mark Twain's books is a violation of his freedom of speech right... Mark Twain, authors, and everyone in America has the right to say whatever they want, and if someone changed what I said or even misquoted me I would be furious.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  397. Anonymous

    No way! Changing a classic? The original is the original, and a classic is a classic. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of my favorite books, every part of it. It would be wrong to change it and deprive kids everywhere of what really happened. Also, it would diminish the authenticity of the classic children's story. Sometimes things like that gives the character personality, we really shouldn't find offense it it. Please, don't change Huckleberry Finn.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  398. Solomon

    Mark Twain wrote these books a certain way for a certain reason. If he was still alive he probably would not want his books changed. Changing the meaning of what Twain was trying to say completely changes it into a whole new book.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  399. Elena

    Editing the book is not the best idea.... If the author uses foul language in a book then they have to have a reason. If you fix it it ruins the meaning of the book. Thefore you lose the leason mon which he is trying to teach you.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  400. Hannah

    By editing Mark Twain's books, the publishing company is, in a way, editing history. It you remove the "N" word from one piece of history, what's stopping them from removing "Yankee" from text books considering it was a negative word to describe Americans in the American Revolution

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  401. Hadley

    I think that it takes away charicter of the book. If the author wrote it that way, thats the way it should stay.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  402. Janessa

    in my opinion you can't change a classic. what would Mark Twain think of this? i don't think any writer would like someone to change their self-written book at all. it was written the way it was supposed to be written. and if the people don't like the content they have a choice to stop reading it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  403. Christy

    I personally think it's a bad idea to edit these books because when these books were written the "n" word was used. Changing it now would be changing the entire story. In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" the "n" word is used a lot and still nobody has wanted to edit that book, so why do it to these ones. Plus if you edit Mart Twain's books of all the bad words then why not edit all the books teens read now-a-days. They have more bad words than you can count.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  404. Olivia

    Although many parents would probably let their kids read it if the N-word wasn't in Huckleberry Finn, it would change the perspective of the story. Every word was chosen for a reason, and if you change it, you are changing Mark Twain.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  405. Ami

    I am a writer by nature and personally feel that this is a bad choice, The reason it was written was to examine prespectives on race, and taking out those words takes away some of the meaning. And, on top of that the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic, why change a classic? Nearly everyone recognizes the story, and those who read it should be mature enough to understand the meaning. As a writer, I know I'd be offended if my book/story's meaning was changed, and feel it's an insult to both the late Mark Twain and the literary world. If society didn't blow everything out of proportion we would not have this problem...Besides, kids hear far worse in schools.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  406. Sophia

    I think it would be destructive and take much of the literary value out of the book. The book is an anti-racist novel and you need the original language to fully understand the book. If a reader were to take the time to read the book, I feel that they would find it a valuble peice of literature, in which the benefites to fully understanding one of Twains greatest novels far outweighs the risk of offending readers. I have read both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and have found the language powerful meaningful. It would be impossible to rewrite Twain, just as it would be impossible to rewrite Shakepeare, or any of the other Clasics.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  407. Sara

    I think it is dumb to change the book. Just keep it the way it is, it was written a while ago, and that's how the author wanted it be. You could take just about any word now and make it sound bad or rude in some way.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  408. Alex

    I think they not take any words out of his books because his stories are about history

    January 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  409. Zachary

    I think that it's okay to change those words around. I'm not comfortable reading those words myself, so as long as they change only those words I'm okay with that.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  410. Hana

    I wouldn't read them because it's just not the same when you read a book you want it to be interesting and exciting but if you take that out of a book then it's not any fun to read the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  411. Angel

    I Think They should keep the book the same, books are supposed to make you feel like your really there. if this is the launage they used back then when the book was made, than they shouldnt change it, and if they change it, It defeats the some of the Reality in the book. And what word can they possibley replace it with?

    January 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  412. Nicklaus

    I know it's wrong to use the N word nowdays. But thats not how it was for the book. It' like destorying a piece of history.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  413. Will

    No this wouldn't make me read it because it destroys the history and tradition of the book. If you change a book because of the language than you are writing a new book all together. When I choose a book a want a copy of the original not a edited fake.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  414. Adam

    The author was speaking out about slavery. is that a bad thing?

    January 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  415. Lacey

    It's more destructive to change the books because of the language used in them. They are both classic books that alot of people enjoy the way they are.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  416. Zania

    I don't think that they should reword Mark Twain's words I mean sure it's the n word but people were called that back then and the author was just trying to fit the criteria of the time period he was living in .

    January 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  417. Jordan

    I think editing the book is a good idea. If this make more people want to read it and as long as it dosen`t change the story then why not?

    January 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  418. elijah M

    if the editor were to edit the books i think it would be better so that teachers can rad it to 5th or sixth graders or any higher grade level so teachers don`t have to worry if they want to read it to their class

    January 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  419. Nikki

    I think it would be great if they edit it, because some people think it is offensive if you use the "N" word. Alot of people would read it if they edit it, (by taking out the "N" word) I know I would.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  420. Caleb

    Really?Your changing one of Americas most classical literatures. Ive read the books and the use of the word was not used as a slur and or insult. The word was used just like that in the real setting of the book. People need to grow up and be tolerant.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  421. Kylie

    First of all, the book was written with those words for a reason, and if you change it, the book's meaning will be changed. In that time, they used that kind of language.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  422. Caleb

    The only person who should be aloud to change Mark Twain's story is himself.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  423. Amy

    I think that cutting the "n" word is sorta insulting to Mark Twain. He wrote it that way so he obviously wanted it that way. We should not abridge his great work of literature for our own benefit. Just because Mark Twain is dead does not mean it's ok for people to twist his words.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  424. Carter

    The word that the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer reflect the time and situation that they are in. Back 120 years ago, they used words that today would censored, but why take that from a book if it doesn't directly insult people, and risk ruining one of the greatest works of literature and a specifically detailed account of the life of two young boys growing up in old timed Mississippi. Would you change Sherlock Holmes books so they are more modern aged? No, because it ruins the aspect of the book, story, and how the author wants the story to be read.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  425. Anna

    I think that editing these books would be a silly thing to do. You read Mark Twain when you are in High School, by then you should be able to read a word and understand what it means and how it was used. The "N" word was just a part of that society, and therefore was a common word used then, its just part of the dialect.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  426. Simon

    Absolutely not. I have both books on my bookshelf and they are great books already. Besides, if you change the language that Twain uses, it more or less defeats the entire purpose of the story.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  427. Brittany

    I dont think it is a good idea at all. It isn't right to change something that wasn't written by that person. I don't think it is that big of a deal if the word is in there or not, I think it is whether or not kids are mature enough to read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  428. Patrick

    Taking out the way people talked back then would not portray the whole scenario the book is trying to show, even though it is bad to say the "n" word.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  429. Cole

    The book was written to show people what it was like back in the 1820's they are ruining a literary classic by censoring it. If they censor Huck Finn, why not repaint the Mona Lisa.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  430. Luce

    No way! Changing a classic? The original is the original, and a classic is a classic. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of my favorite books, every part of it. It would be wrong to change it and deprive kids everywhere of what really happened. Also, it would diminish the authenticity of the classic children's story. Sometimes things like that gives the character personality, we really shouldn't find offense it it. Please, don't change Huckleberry Finn.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  431. EJ

    I do not think they should change the words. Changing the words just ruins a good book.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  432. Tim

    i read the book ya it has some words that are weird but thats the book do not change it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  433. Michael

    Editing a classic book only takes away from the experience of reading it. If this gets edited then people will want other books edited. It will be like dominos and kids today are exposed to much worse in media and other books.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  434. Mackenzie

    I understand what they're trying to do, but if i was the author I wouldn't want my book changed. It is a person's own choice to read the book or not. Plus, in that period of time it was normal and i helps develop the time period.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  435. Jody

    The reason these stories were wrote the way that they were was to get a certain message across to the readers. If they end up getting edited it you wouldn't get the same message from the books. These words were just the way that they talked when the books were wrote. I think that they should leave them as they are.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  436. Mary

    This idea is wrong. If you rewrite Mark Twain you are pretty much rewriting history. It changes the whole meaning of the book. Twain didn't want to offend anyone, but rather to educate people about that time period and to learn form their mistakes. I'm going to get the original copy before they change his words!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  437. Yasmeen

    Honestly I do not think was they are doing is alright. Its got the 'N' word... so what. It doesn't make the book a bad book. Words give the books 'power' and thats what makes a book a book. If you take out that word it changes the books meaning and life.The book is not real so the words don't mean a thing.it I say leave the book alone and let the world enjoy it.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  438. Jobe

    Editing the book is just plain wrong. By taking the word out of the book, your taking away a part of history. That's how people were reffered to during that time period, that's when the book was written, so what's the problem with it? Besides, how are we supposed to learn the true things that happened in history if it's altered?

    January 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  439. Megan

    They should not change the words in the story if they do that the story isn't written by Mark Twain anymore if the original editor approved then what makes us change it? The words are like that to really take you into the story thats how they talked back then if you take that away it looses the effect. Who would would want to ruin two well written classics like that!?

    January 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  440. Maddie

    Mark Twain wrote his book like that for a reason and going along and changing his words and still calling it his book is just wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  441. McKenna

    I think it would completely ruin the whole perpose of the book. When someone writes a book they're trying to tell you something and that maessage might not get out if they change the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  442. Brittany

    It's completely pointless to edit the book. The wording is typical of that of the time period in which it was written, and the words had different meaning back then. It completely changes things, and the edits shouldn't make anyone more likely to read the book. If the words were used in a different context back then, they shouldn't be looked at as offensive now.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  443. Amanda

    I dont think its right for someone to change a classic. Its like changing the rules of football! also there are many other classics like this that random people dont change because they want to. Put it in the public library but maybe not in younger aged schools. when kids get older they can read it if they want to but just because of some things in it doesnt mean they can change it! Usually you need the authors permission but its not possible!

    January 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  444. Tia

    Changing the words in Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn is both offensive and unnecessary. People need to understand that the "N" word was a common word for that time period and that the point that Twain was making was not to use the word just to use it but for generations to understand the significance in the words meaning, then, and now. I'm in high school and I understand the book and it's background, so therefore it shows no offense to me personally, but for a middle school student to read this book is ridiculous. If I was in middle school, my mother would probably have a problem with me reading a book with this kind of language. Maturity has a lot to do with how you perceive this book, and as and 11 or 12 year old the "N' word would just cause discrepancies and laughter.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  445. Emma

    I think you shouldn't edit the books because that is the way it was meant to be written. If they have to edit the books, they should still keep the old ones. Editting the books would be like erasing someone' s hard work. It is a bad idea.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  446. Nanako

    I think editing books is a bad idea. Book is not all about story. The author's use of words play an important role. Those words were chosen by the writer out of all those words around us and they reflect his thoughts. If the book was edited, it's no longer Twain's book.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  447. Wheeler

    I think the books are awesome (read them both), I don't find the "n" word bad when used in books like that, that's the way people talked back then, Twain was using it to show how bad it was. Changing them is slaughtering great American literature. Not many classics are from America why slaughter some of the few we have?

    January 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  448. Sarah

    I think that editing these classic books is a insult against Mark Twain because he put in his blood, sweat, and tears to emphasize those words and convey that message against slavery. "FIxing" his books is more like destroying them. If people are so worried that young students are going to read them, don't assign those books in class then.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  449. Anne

    Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn to try to get people to move past the idea of slavery and discrimination. Looking back on his stories from over 100 years ago, we can see that we've made alot of progress. And omitting the "N Word" from Twain's writing would change the way he meant it to be. Why can't we just read the word and realize that it's degrading and rude and know not to use it?

    January 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  450. Leah

    I think editing the book is a BAD idea. The words in the book represent the book's time and what happens in the book. Editing the book is basically changing what happens in it. I would be less likely to read the edited version, I would prefer the original version that my parents read and enjoyed.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  451. Zachariah

    I myself am African American and i think this is rediculous. I remember reading the book in 5th grade, and i loved it. Never would i think of it offensive in any way. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a classic all time great! Changing this book is like changing history. The language used in this book makes it more realistic, and accurate to the time the story takes place.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  452. Anonymous

    I've read the books and I thought that they were great, and I don't want that to change. If someone edits a book and changes it, the entire story would be entirely different. I would like the books to be the same.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  453. Jordan

    I think they should make a new one, kids and teens don't need to say that word. If they read it in a book they will start to say it and its rude and some kids dont know what it means but they will still say it.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  454. Bailey

    Any type of artist or author in our times would be appaled by the thought of changing their works. They created it to be the way it is, and Huck Finn is no exception. Sure, the language may not be so great, but it is still a work of art.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  455. Bryce

    I think it is Destructive because its like changing a part of some what history.So its basically saying you have to change the Decleration of Independence(in some way)!

    January 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  456. Anonymous

    Why change it? The editor may be trying to help some people like the book more, but most don't want the book to change.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  457. hyomin

    I think it's good to change some words. There are some bad words which are not allowed now. By changing specific words, more people could read his great novel.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  458. Manya

    I don't think I would want to read his books then because then we wouldn't know what the author was really thinking when writing his book.
    If he wrote the book, I think he should be in charge of what words he use and decide if he should put it in or not. It would be wrong if the publisher changes the books words without the authors permission.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  459. Anonymous

    Some liked it, and some didn't. Why not make the book even greater so that people could enjoy it more and have more of a positive feeling about the book?

    January 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  460. Paige

    I think that its a bad idea because its an important part of the book and you should not change what Mark Twain wrote.

    (its still a bad word that)

    January 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  461. Adrian

    By removing certain words in Twain's work is like rewriting history. You might as well as take the Bible and switch everything around and expect someone to read it. Depending on these words, you're ruining the spirit of the story. Remember, restriction on book contents were much different when Twain first wrote Tom Sawyer.Changing history is like changing earth as we know it.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  462. Peyton

    No because it was the was the book was made, if you have a problem with it, take it up to the teacher and tell them you don't feel comfortable about reading a book. Otherwise, if it is on your own time and you don't want to read, then use common sence. DON'T READ IT.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  463. Candace

    Yes because if your are reading this book in school people can get highly offended. But, you should also consider selling both versions at a local book store, so you can simply chose which version you'd perfer.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  464. Jake

    No, they shouldn't change the words. At that time, it wasn't wrong. Its important to know that people used to say those things and still do in some places. If we understood what happened then we can change it in the future.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  465. Deion

    I would DEFINETLY like for Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to be edited. I myself am an African American and I find the N word greatly offensive. To not edit the book and have young readers reading it the original way could send the wrong message to those who aren't mature enough and might spark controversy.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  466. Alex

    This book is mention to have that word in it. Mark Twain wanted that word to be in their for a reason. It is a symbol of the time period and local dialect. That book is possibly the reason the word is not used much any more because it brings out how offensive it is. Taking it out would hurt the meaning and reason for the book.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  467. Mel

    I don't think they should change it because that is how the book is written.. you can't change that. The words that were used back then weren't bad they used the words daily they just changed to a different meaning over the years. So i think they should just keep it the same way the books are...it wouldn't be right to change them!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  468. Cole

    Removing the word would be like changing the entire theme to the book. This would not influence readers to read the book because that word was the way people spoke those days. Removing the word is a bad idea.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  469. Cesia

    This makes me absolutely livid.

    It isn't only destructive, it's deleting history! We can't just take away whatever we don't like about the past. It's like removing 'thee' from Macbeth because we just don't use it anymore.

    And, really! How dare they, trying to erase someone's words? Those are Mark Twain's feelings, soul, voice! You can't just pretend they simply don't exist! People disappear when they die, their feeling, humor, thoughts, beliefs. Through written words, you can rediscover the past and the person. This is dishonoring an author's blood, tears, and hard work.

    Just because you decide you don't like it, it doesn't mean you can just get rid of it.

    Censorship causes blindness, and to me, this is truly blindness.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  470. Jordan

    That's the way they talked back then. In my opinion, editing those words and taking them out of such a wonderful book, is equvilent to editing history.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  471. jon

    no i do not think they should edit because if Samuel Clemmings aka Mark Twain wanted that way

    January 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  472. Ben

    No, they shouldn't change the book because if you did then it wouldn't be the way Mark Twain intended. Changing it is absolutely ridiculous and I'm appaled whoever came up with the idea of changing one of the most classic books in history. Middle schoolers and high schoolers should be able to be mature enough to handle offensive language in books and if they're not then shame on them.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  473. Austin

    Mark Twain was an amazing author. I think they should keep his writing the way it was originally, just to show how literature was written back then

    January 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  474. conner

    i think they are destorying the books.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  475. Emma

    I think that it is ridiculous that they are taking a great book out of school libraries because it uses the "N" word. Well, that is just the way they talked back then. If Mark Twain was here today he would be appalled. It is a great classic and kids should be able to read it if they wanted to. It is a classic book, that I believe all students should read. If school administrators think that it is SO BAD then put it in a different section of the library, so kids would have to get a parent's permission to read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  476. Will

    I think it's fine to read the original text as long you are mature enough to handle the language.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  477. Madison

    Why mess with a classic? The bad words in it is okay in this book because thats what it was really like back then. If someone goes changing a classic, it's not a classic anymore. It's almost an insult to Mark Twain.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  478. malika

    I think that they should not change the authors' words because maybe that was the type of language used in those times but I also think that it would put a bad impression on the students who have not heard about him so in a way yes and no.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  479. Claire

    I thiknk that by changing the books isn't a good idea. It might be the "right" thing to do, but it's written like that because that's the way things were back then. It's almost like trying to change history. These aren't the only books that have offensive or vulgar language in them. If you change them, then why not change all of the other books like this?

    January 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  480. Arney

    Changing the book by taking out the "n" word is unnecessary. Its a word that was used in that part of history. If it offends someone then they shouldn't read it.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  481. Kaitlynn

    I think that the books are fine the way they are just like any other book. A few inappropriate words aren't the end of the world. If you find the words insulting just don't read the books.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  482. Alexis

    Change is good, but is this really necessary? These two books have been read for years, and teach good lessons. Yes, there are inappropiate words, but it's what makes them both so incredibley inspiring and strong. Leave them the way they are, if it's how they were made, it is how they're meant to be.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  483. Pipo

    the books are inappropriate and rude. i dont know why you would put those words in there in the first place.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  484. Emily

    Using the "N" word is the thing of the past and it is not that bad and to change a classic you have to have some nerve. They were wrote this way because that is how they talked and Mark Twain was famous for the classics not the "modified" classics. Who every had this idea should just get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mark Twain was a genius and ppl still read his books. 🙂

    January 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  485. Kelsie

    I think that this word is offensive to some African Americans, when used by white people, but removing this word from the book would be altering it to much. When Mark Twain uses the 'N' word, he is illustrating the way things used to be....so taking it out would be like changing history and a in some ways, a part of the author himself.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  486. Pipo

    a couple of inappropriate words never hurt anyone. if you find the words offensive, just don't read the book. I think that some people just exaggerate. It's not like they've never seen worse.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  487. Angus

    This is many of the most famous books to ever be written by mark twain. And changing his writings in the book Tom Sawyer would just be simply wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  488. Emily

    If they had a problem with the words he used, they shouldn't have published it in the first place. For the editor to change the words it would somewhat be "fixing" the authors opinion or outlook. Also in the period of time that the book was written Mark Twain might not have known any better neither it anyone else, but that is just my opinion:)

    January 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  489. Karen

    I'm not sure, I think I would have to read both versions to really compare. I think that if it didn't offend people back then, why start editing it now?

    January 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  490. Ashil

    Editing Twain's work is completely against the point he was trying to make! Mark Twain wrote these books to commentate on slavery and racism.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  491. Jesse

    Unfortunately, we cannot stop this editor from changing this book, but if you know your English class has to read this book, you and some classmates could request the UNABRIDGED version from a different publisher, or just older copies. The best way to get rid of something you don't want is to ignore it!

    January 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  492. Jacarra

    I know for sure that it wouldnt matter to me if they changed Mark Twains work, but i guess it is the way your affected by his works

    January 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  493. Olivia

    I don't think editing these books is very smart. Mark Twain wrote them like that for a reason. He needed to say those things to show how tough life was back then. Changing them would be like trying to cover up the past.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  494. Alicia

    Absolutley not!! The whole basis of that story is to show how life was back then and how they treated African-Americans! If someone were to change that part of the book, it would defeat the purpose of it.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  495. Jennifer

    I dont think they should edit the books. The language they use in the book tells us how they spoke back then and how life was back then. Editing them would be like taking away a peice of history and making it how we would have wanted it to be so no dont change the books. if its offensive to you then just dont read the book period.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  496. dallas

    i do not think taking out the n word will have readers interested in this bnook because its not the words its the age

    January 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  497. Joshua

    no because in that time thats how people talk and it loses its purpose so the book will lose value without then word.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  498. Lily

    I personally believe it would be destructive and quite pointless to edit out all of the n words in this book. I mean if you're doing it to the n word why not take out every single b word because that can be offensive to the female population. Not only would this get nowhere, but it would be like rewriting history.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  499. Dixie

    To those of you who support the changes to this early American classic piece of writing, shame on you! The n-word is not a word to be taken offense to, unless used offensively, and is merely one of the many details that Mark Twain used to show the lifestyle and habits of that era. If you find it offensive whenever it's used, don't read it!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  500. Caroline

    No one should change a book in any way. Some inapporiate language uses makes it a classic. If those books are are taken away from your school library and you really want to read it, maybe just check it out from your local library and read it only at home.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  501. Amanda

    It's stupid to change the words in the Mark Twain book. At the time, the words that he wrote in were accepted and common at the time and weren't thought to be offencive. Change the words, it's not Mark Twain anymore.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  502. Mark

    I think this is ridiculous! This novel and the language in it gives a feeling of how people acted back then. People, like Mark Twain, used profanity in his writing because that is how he and others were raised. It never crossed their minds that they were saying anything bad.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  503. Allie

    I think they should leave it the way it Is it's more educational to the students.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  504. Justin

    I think that if somone writes something people should be able to read somthing the way it was written not a new version. I mean I think high schoolers can handle it.People wouldn't notice that person as much, the person who wrote it would get more noticed.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  505. David

    Editing this book will completely change the whole entire purpose of the book. This book was written to strike discussion on racial issues. If you edit words out, these discussions will never come to be, and Mark Twain's idea will die.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  506. rebecca

    i think it is a bad idea to redo mark twains books because he purposely made them how they are and why change them. those who didnt read them bfore are still not going to read them just because they changed most of the words.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  507. Maddie

    It isn't fair to change an author's works without their permission. The n word helps tell how badly they treated people then and how in the end their mistreatment of others was wrong. If they want to edit classics and have kids grow up without knowing how lucky they are to be in such an equal time, they can, but it won't help anything. That's how they talked in that generation, and nobody can change that.

    January 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  508. Jeffrey

    Just because they changed a few things wouldn't make me reread the story's about Huckleberry Fin. Why are they changing them in the first place they should just be kept the same.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  509. Tristin

    I think they should leave the books the way they are. He was using the words from his time. No other author would want their books changed. Words are always being modifed to our current time. If they change his books then they should change all books that may have offensive language. Wich would be a lot of books.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  510. mat

    I believe that by changing the words, they are changing what Mark Twain grow up with. The words used are not trying to harm people it was just the way the talk back then, and when we read it, we need to read it as it was wrote. If we start changing that then we will have to start changing many books and in turn that will change the meaning of the books. I also think that Twain didn't mean to harm any African Americans by using the "N" word because that is what African Americans were called in his time not like what it stands for in today's time. I just don't think that we need to change what he wrote, it would not be right.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  511. Tanner

    I think that if you were to change the words in the books Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn more people would read both books. Like you said in the video, some schools dont even have either of the books because of some of the language used in the books. Maybe if you change the words in both books more schools would have both of the books and more kids would read them.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  512. Maisy

    Editting Huckleberry Finn would be like editting all the other classics that have the "n" word in them, and would take away from what that time in life was like. I think that there shouldn't be an editted copy of the book, I prefer to read the original version.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  513. Sol

    It's writer's own style. I think we have to respect that, no changing.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  514. Christina

    The author wrote what he intended, and it shoud not be changed.Mark Twain has rights to his books. There are alot more offensive words in other books at my own school. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sayer are classics, litterature. They should not be changed. Why not edit EVERY bad word in school books, because, let me tell you, there really are alot worse words out there then the "n" word in school books.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  515. Bieber

    I just got finished reading the book and the use of the N word was telling us how hard it was for them back then it wasn't ment to offend anyone I think if you take that out it will be telling kids that it was the same then then it is now and that's not how it was.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  516. matthew

    If you took away the original text and put in diffferent texts the story wouldn't be the same.The story would feel altared.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  517. Akiza

    The Mark Twain books are a classic and taking the N word out and pretending like it (slavery and use of the N word) never happened is disgraceful to the millions who died to free slaves

    January 7, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  518. Tessa

    why change wording to a good classic if we do we wont be able to learn about our history

    January 7, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  519. Jacob

    I think they shouldn't change the book because thats the way he wrote it and if he were still alive he wouldn't want to change it.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  520. George

    I think they should leave the N-word alone . It does not hurt us black people's feelings . It is also a part of history and a sign of how far we as a nation have come. So I say leave it alone .

    January 7, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  521. kristen

    I think they should leave the book as it is.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  522. Brea...

    I don't agree with the editing of the books. Obviously it was okay to use that kind of language at the time, that’s why that word was used so much. If those books have been that way all those years then why change it now? Just because all of a sudden people don’t like it doesn’t mean they have to change it.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  523. Lexi

    These books have stood the test of time because they're great stories, just the way they are. The words used, were a normal, every day part of life back when these classic tales were written. Leave them be. If parents don't want their children reading it, then they don't have to. This IS censorship and it's completely rude, unfair and demeaning (toward Mark Twain's work), that some people believe these books should be changed!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  524. Cain

    That's ridiculous! I understand as well as the next guy that its loaded with profanity but censoring it will not make the books any more attractive to students and will only spark controversy and accomplish absolutely nothing productive. I say leave it like that and trust that the students of today's generation are mature enough to understand the context and realize that sometimes words aren't meant to be repeated.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  525. heather

    I believe that editing the books is kinda ridiculous and they should still be read in class. Before the book is read the teacher should explain that the book was written when the "n" word wasn't offensive. The teacher should also explain that it isn't ok to use the offensive language in todays society.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  526. john

    it would be destuctive because it would take the whole point out of the books. Since Mark Twain wrote it that way. then it should stay that way. Teachers should inform thier kids that it is not okay to say the word. if the kids want to read it then they should get to read it.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  527. Morgan

    This book was published when the n word was used quite regularly. Editing the word is a bad idea because it changes the entire context of the story. Yes, we know the word is offensive in today's world. However. there are many other offensive words in today's books. The book is meant to invoke feelings in the reader so instead of changing parts of the story we should make sure only mature people are reading it.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  528. Caitlin

    I think that editing the books because of seemingly offensive words is a little rediculous. It's not like we are living by those words, it was just the time period that the book was written in and it gives students the perspective on the time period and what is going on and the things that have changed.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  529. Taylor

    I think that editing the Mark Twain novels is a bad idea. I don't think that the language is offensive to people. Changing the language makes the novels lose there value. There are tons of other books that have offensive laguage in them. So why start with Mark Twain? I don't think any classic novels should be edited.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  530. kelsey

    I think editing Mark Twain books are a bad idea. It just wouldn't make since with the time that the books are supposed to be in. I understand that it may be offensive to some people but thats not how the books are supposed to be read. Thats just how they spoke back then and teachers need to make sure to tell the students that it isn't ok to use that kind of language. I like the books how they are and I wish they wouldn't change them.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  531. Brittney

    I think that editing Mark Twains novels is stupid because thats the way he wrote it

    January 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  532. Breanne

    There really is value in keeping the book the same way it was written before. We can't rewrite history. The books should stay the way they are and were written back then. but we should also teach the readers why using that type of language is not okay today.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  533. Tammy

    They should leave the classics alone. Isn't that why they are classics? If they are concerned with the use of the word, they need to focus on the music industry that belts it out every other word.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  534. Estevez

    I think that changing the way an author writes his books is not up to the publisher. That is why the author writes the book. Changing Samuel's Literary achievments is completely unethical and pointless.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  535. Kyle

    The book the stay the way it is because thats just the way it was written.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  536. Jorge

    No, i think that the language is just making the book make you feel what time it takes place in, and editing this book could change the whole story maybe. I think they should just keep the same copy of the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  537. Jose

    I do not think that they should change it because it was what they said back then and was to teach people not to treat people like that. I wish they wouldn't say the "n" word so much in that book but it's the way he wrote it. But it would be nice if they could make an edited book and normal one. I also think this is flat out wrong. People should understand that this author was before the time that this word was exactly "bad". So basically, they are destroying a piece of history and art.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  538. Talia

    I think editing the books is a bad idea because when you edit the story from it's original form, you kinda loose what you were trying to learn. Say for instance if you had to do a history report on Mark Twain and you read his book. One of the questions on your history report is " What do you think Mark Twain felt?" and they had tooken the word out. You probably wouldn't have the same answer as you would have with the word in the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  539. Nick

    I would never read something from the present. I think it is a value from the past. Back then people used different words and phrases than we do now. All i want is the past.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  540. Kara

    I think that editing it is good but I would much rather read the book in the true value that it was in and to the true depth the author was reaching for

    January 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  541. Nick

    The book is a treasure and should be left alone. It is like re-writing the Declaration of Independence. It can't happen, and if it does no one will read it.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  542. cody

    no then it defeats the purpose of the book

    January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  543. Allison

    Its destructive to change someone's work. You shouldn't change anybody's writing because it wont be the same after. They took the time to write it and if you don't appreciate that then you shouldn't read it or mind enough to change it. If no one had a problem with it before then why is there a problem now?

    January 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  544. Tony

    The language in Huckleberry Finn was chosen purposefully by Mark Twain to represent the time in which it was written. This book is a piece of history and should be read and appreaciated the way it was originally written. Changing it would be like censoring history.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  545. Cole

    i can understand either decision to take out the "N" word or not but is there a reason to make this much of a deal about it. This book was written during the time when the "N" word was used so this goes along with the content of the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  546. Tequan

    I think that it is destructive. Yes it may offend people but just leave the book the way it is.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  547. Anonymous

    I think that enough of history has been destroied. Lets not go and destroy a famous author's novel because it offends someone. I mean. Come on people. Mark Twain grew up in an age when the "N" word was exceptable. His book is history its self. So why destroy history?

    January 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  548. Ariel

    I think that it would be a bad idea because it was made the way it was for a reason so why changee what has already been done. Whats done is done, just leave the book be.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  549. Ariel

    I think that it would be a bad idea because it was made the way it was for a reason so why changewhat has already been done. Whats done is done, just leave the book be.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  550. BRAD

    Destructive. Because Mark Twain was a great author. His stories have been told time and time again. Why destroy something that is considered history.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  551. Patricia

    Bad idea.
    If you want younger readers to read this without the offensive language, try an Illustrated Classics adaptation. These adaptations have been around for years and they are clearly marked as 'adaptations', and not re-writing the author's voice. They were intended to get classics in hands of younger readers not skilled enough to master arcane vocabulary.

    Perhaps more fitting would be a new forward describing the context of the book in history. That would be fitting and useful.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  552. Fiona

    I think taking out the "n" word is not a good idea, because those were the authors words. It was also the way people spoke back then and its a part of history. Taking out the "n" word would be falsely educating the youth of america, because that is not the way it was when "Huckleberry Finn" was written

    January 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  553. camron

    I heard that mark twain wrote about his life in the books so the publisher is saying that the n word happen didnt in his life. I know that if mark twain was alive he would be very upset

    January 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  554. Nathaniel

    In my opinion, I think that the editiors should not mess with two of America's most treasured classics. Also, rewritng a Mark Twain book is like taking TReasure Island and making it a picture book with pirate bugs. It is a horrible idea just because of a few bad words. If they think its so bad, why don't they edit all the other bad books of today?

    January 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  555. matthew

    those orignal words are part of history and are important to our history. It is like erasing history, like it never happened. it is a bad idea to take those words out of the book

    January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  556. Courtney-Anne

    To Change the words in this novel is a crime. This timeless classic is a wonderful story, sure it may have hurtful words in it. But dont all books have at least one hurtful word such as fat, ugly, etc. I was required to read this book for my American Literature class and I loved how Twain was true to the period he was writing in!

    January 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  557. Tom

    Revionist history is DANGEROUS. LEave this classic ALONE!

    January 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  558. Madeleine

    I think that the book will have more of an audience because of the edit.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  559. Mim

    I would not want to read the Twain book's if they got changed. The "N" word is how people talked in the days of Mark Twain, and changing them would kind of be like erasing historic speech. I do believe the "N" word is offensive, though it is the way people spoke back then. How would some people like it if they changed the Harry Potter series? It feels the same way for some people.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  560. Gwyneth

    I belive that the books are the author's words and should stay the way they are. I personally would dislike the editor greatly if they were to take out any of Mark Twain's words. They are his to express so let him do so. I don't understand why the editors say the "N" word is so bad, because it wasn't durring that time period.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  561. Anonymous

    The book is written in that way because that is the way people talked in that era. Changing would change the context of the book. It wouldn't be the same if the people in the book did use the "offensive" language. These books are classics and i would make then worthless.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  562. jennifer

    No because i think the original stories are better the way the are rather than changeing them.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  563. Summer

    you should not change any words to any piece of great literiture. It's not like a first grader who has no idea what th 'n' word is,is going to be reding it.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  564. Jake

    If we change the dialogue in the book then it will be easier for some people to read. I know if i were to read a book from the early 1900's I would want the wording changed so it was easier to read.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  565. nikole

    I think you would be destroying a classic literature story. i read it and love the story and would cry if it was ruin.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  566. Shelbi

    Making changes to such an old book would be ruining the time of the book. As well as the understanding of the era it came from. Learn from our mistakes, right?

    January 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  567. Estelle

    I would read only the original book because it's Mark Twain's,and we should keep it like that. I mean, changing the words is like changing the book. And I like reading original books, and I would feel proud of myself for finishing it.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  568. Jennifer

    I think that if you change the "N" word in the books it WON'T be mark twain's it will be the editors and the editors DON'T have the ritge to change it and my whole family agrees

    January 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  569. johnathan

    taking parts out of a book, (regardless of whether or not its only a few words) eats away at the story and keeps you from understanding the story the way you're meant to. it's like writing a book, and then making a movie about the book that leaves out important details. even the slightest changes can make some people mad which is something that critics and editors should pay attention to and be considerate about when making changes to a book.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  570. Jonatha

    I understand why people would want to edit Mark Twain's work because of language, but no one should be able to because we state that in our country we have the Right of Speech. No one should take that away from some one, dead or alive/

    January 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  571. Zuriah

    I think that it is still probably offensive even if you change the N word to slave. And, plus the language used in the original book is showing us what it is like in his time.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  572. Alannah

    I think editing the "n" word out of Mark Twain books is not right because it would be like destroying history. They should keep it the way it is because the books are too advanced for young kids anyway.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  573. ambie

    I think that editing the books would change the feel of the book. The book is about a boy in his time changing the words would basically change the time period.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  574. Maxito

    Mark Twain's Huckelberry Finn was a good classic and everybody enjoyed it, and tweaking a few words to somebodys interests isn't a bad idea. If you think its a bad idea just don't read the books and stay away from them, why make such a fuss over the idea anyways.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  575. rob

    I don’t think its fair because that was his intended propose

    January 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  576. Sunshine

    I am really undecided on this one we should leave mark twains work the way it was published but then again we cant have thoses books in a school library because he curses way to much in most of his books. It may be a good idea to just edit out the language and keep the rest of it the same.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  577. victor

    They shoudn't edit books because it well be diverrent the book wiil not make sens.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  578. Sara

    It will be destructive because what people write on there own is what they have accomplished, and If I wrote a book I would never let anyone change it because I'm the one who took my time to write a book and I wouldn't want anyone to change it.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  579. alondra

    i think it goes both ways. its good to change the words to understand the story better so its no so confusing. but its also bad because like they said it might change the meaning of the story and we wouldn't want that.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  580. alondra

    I think they should change the book because that choice of word is offensive. However, I think they should sell the original and the let the readers choose which one they want to read.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  581. Lolo

    Does it even matter wather or not thay change it. As long as they dont change enything in the story im fine with it.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  582. Margaret

    They should leave the words the same. Everybody reading Huckleberry Finn would know the "n" word and if it were me it wouldn't bother me that it said some cussword. What would bother me would be that they changed something someone wrote in a book, that is not right and it is not right to let people think they change other people's hard work!

    January 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  583. Selena

    I honestly dont think that they should edit the Mark Twain Books but then again they are just changing the language, so really i dont thik it would change the readers mood.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  584. Maia

    I don't think that editors should change the words of the books because of the fact that a lot of people like the books the way they are. Other people might disagree, but if you've heard that they offend some people that are like you, then don't bother to read the books!

    January 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  585. Dhane

    This could go both ways. it could be good for younger kids to read and would allow the kids that are restricted to read it as well. It could be bad because it is a very good popular old book that shouldnt be changed. i mean who would want someone to change something that you worked very hard on and became loved by many.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  586. Anonymous

    Back then in his time that was just a saying that they used. That was just something that you are going to see if you read a book back in that time period.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  587. Mike

    when you change a book's words you are not only changing the way they spoke back then but changing the authors book comepletely so i don't think publishers should change anything.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  588. Kodi

    Chamging Huckleberry Finn would be like changing the constitution. The words wer wrote in a certain way, and should be kept that way. They show the way the history was, and how it was said back then. It would not be the same meaning if changed.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  589. Christopher

    No its not a good idea to take the n word out because kids need to learn about it so they will learn about when the old days were like when Mark Twain was alive because if we take it out then it ruins history

    January 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  590. Nora

    I think it should be left the way it is because that was the style back then and if you change and classic, it's not really a classic anymore.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  591. Robert

    This book never should have been edited, in my opinion. I think the language was neccessary for Twain to use in the book because in the time period in which he was writing about, they used that term very often. Without it, kids are uneducated about rascism and how far America has come in its efforts to get rid of it. It's basically erasing rascism and acting like it never existed, hiding our history.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  592. Abi

    If they change the books, I would definitaly not read them. Cause then, they are not orginail. Also because then it changes the whole plot of the book. I think this a bad idea.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  593. Joe

    Very destructive. Think about it, if more and more edited copies of the book are being produced, pretty soon there will be more edited versions than original. This will cause kids to look at it and assume that there was no rascism in the 1800s. It was the exact opposite. And if we continue to altar classic books like this, then this generation of kids will grow up with ignorance on many issues, like rascism

    January 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  594. Brandi

    I think we shouldn't change Mark Twain's work, because that was the language back then. If we change the words, then we would be "changing history". Also people might choose to say those words still. They might want them in the book. If people don't want to see of hear those words, then they don't have to read the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  595. Tristen

    I think that changing Mark Twains books would change the originality of them and people wouldn't read them as much. You can't change what is history.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  596. Alex

    I think that editing the books isn't a good idea. Even if it is just a few minor changes it still changes the book from what it was originally meant to be. It seems as if people are forgetting that the words used were considered acceptable in the time period they were written in. If people don't like the language then they don't have to read them.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  597. Mercedes

    I would not want to read the book if it had new changes in it. That was how the book was originally made. If people don't want to read it because of the n word then it is their choice to just not read it. They don't need to make changes to the book for people that dont want to read that word. It is simple enough as not watching a bad rated movie.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  598. edwin

    i say no they should not chage it will be like taking down history and thats how he wants it to be published

    January 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  599. Matt

    Well,
    It is about if that bothers people.
    It might not.So that could mean for that reson, it might make people mad that someone changed it.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  600. Jessica

    I think changing these books are history and destroying history wouldnt be a good idea cause if you change it we would lose history

    January 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  601. bryan

    I already read the book and if you change it no body will want to read it.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  602. Jessica

    I think changing these books is kinda dumb cause those books are history and changing them is changing history and we would lose history.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  603. Chey

    I don't think the books should be edited because it wasn't like he was trying to offend people, it was just the way they talked back then and if he wrote it like that they they should keep it like that.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  604. Kendal

    I think editing the book is a great idea. Because it could be offensive to other people and that they should edit the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  605. Layla

    you shouldnt do it because it's destroying history. 😦

    January 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  606. Jamie

    Changing how the story is would be a dumb idea seeing as how the story is part of our history and part of that history is how they talked back then. If we change it now it will ruon the point of the book. Part of our history is watching as our world developed from judging each other based on their race/color or their nationality or religion to an accept-all-as-they-are American country in which all are accepted as they are. Changing one word in the whole book would change the point of that change in American history.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  607. Virginia

    Changing out some words of a classic story won't do any perminat damage. I don't think publishing a new version of historical novels won'tthrough the orginal away forever.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  608. Jenny

    Changing the words an author has written is like rewriting history. At the time the author wrote the books, that was the way they talked. It's also an insult to the author, like saying "We don't respect you enough to keep the same words that you wrote in your book." Once a book is written, especially a classic, it should stay the same way unless the actual author changes it.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  609. Justin

    I think the sould not change the the book becuse Mark Twain worte and the have no right to change the book.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  610. lucas

    i think that it is altering history to alter american literater from the nineteenth centery. i would feel the same about any author ever.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  611. Maximum

    There is a certain message the author is trying to send through his books, and by censoring these words, you're erasing part of these messages. The book's characters have most of their personality set up on vocabulary, and again, you're scrubbing out that character.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  612. Michael

    That is disrespecting Mark Twain. It's like changing an A+ test to a F

    January 8, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  613. Victoria

    I think editing both books would be a HUGE mistake because when the book was published in the 1880`s Mark Twain did not intend for both of them to be offensive by having the "N" word in the books. Back then thats how everyone talked how are they gonna sit there and change how people talked back in the good ole' days!

    January 8, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  614. Grim

    In my opinion, I don't think they should change it. Though some people may find it offensive (which I can understand), the "N" word is a part of history.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  615. brendan

    I think editing twain's works is an infringement on freedom of speech.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  616. Marcos

    Yes, the world's history is notorious for being bloody, violent, and just plain bigoted. Does it mean we should rewrite the past to make everybody happy? Should we cover up the Statue of David? Many people utterly despise nudity! Should we not teach the findings of Darwin, Galileo, and Copernicus simply because some people find it offensive? Removing the 'n word' from Huck Finn is like pretending that slavery never happened. Is that what we want as a nation? To teach our children to forget about the social injustices commited by our anscestors? How are we expected to learn histoy when you adults are constantly sugar coating and giving us the dumbed-down, kiddy version? It's insanity!

    January 8, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  617. Ashley

    I think it does not really matter if they change it or not it is what it is. 🙂
    But i also think that they should keep it the way the books are already.

    January 8, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  618. Jake

    Editing the bad words out of the book isn't a good idea because even though they are bad words, people still say that kind of language today. Editing out the words doesn't help you to understand how much we have gone forward in society and how we respect African-Americans today.

    January 8, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  619. veyonce

    no it wouldnt its still the same thing

    January 8, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  620. Millie

    I believe they should keep the stories to how they were originally written, yes it may be offensive to many people by using the "N" word, but just think about all the other old classics containing words such as that one. Taking out the words is like taking the spirit out of the story, that was how Twain wrote it, and I think he would've been disappointed by people not wanting to read his books just because he wrote something that had to do with the time era.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  621. claire

    changing someones writing is like saying " okay you know how you spent all that time writing that book? well we have decided to change it!" it just wouldn't be fair or right!

    January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  622. Kaitlyn

    These days, rap artist may say profanity every other word in their songs but people listen to it anyway, but then Mark Twain who wrote books with those same words even back when those words were normal to say, he gets criticized for being "politically in-correct" even though today, you walk around in the hallways and hear the 'N' word all over the place.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  623. Leela

    I strongly believe that the publisher’s decision to edit Mark Twain’s literature is unfair and rude. Twain obviously poured his heart into both books and he would not want it changed. Altering the slang in the book, deducts the glory of the era and lifestyles the books came from. My entire family adores both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and I would hate to see that change. This is a misjudgment that the publisher will regret.

    January 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  624. Ericia

    I think that they should just leave it how it is cause that would be messing up the history behind the book.

    January 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  625. Jared

    It makes it more appropiate for people younger than us because we are used to it.

    January 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  626. Summer

    No book should be changed to make it more politicly correct. In the time period this was written it was correct. And no auothe'rs words should be changed without thier permission.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  627. Adele

    If you take the "N" word out of Huck Finn, you might as well take the Holocaust out of Anne Frank too. It's just not right. It seems disrespectful. The "n" word and such was how people talked back then, so you're basically trying to erase our past. And Twain uses that word to make a point, so take out the word and you're taking out a point.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  628. William

    I believe the editing of this book will be more destructive than productive. This book is a classic, and it doesn't deserve to be edited. The author used words from the time period, and it wouldn't be right to edit it.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  629. Kaylee

    When you remove words from famous books, it takes the magic away. That was how they spoke back then,and by removing it, you take away a piece of history.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  630. jessica

    I don't think it would be right to change the words, Kids should be more mature if they can't handle it. If you change the words its not the same as the real book that the author wrote.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  631. Heather

    The time setting in which both Huckelberry Phin and Tom Sawyer did use the N word, that's just how it was. Changing the words of Twain would be like changing Twilight books; Edward wouldn't sparkle.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  632. kylie

    I think it is a part of our American history and I would leave it as it is. We cannot change the past:however we should pressonward and learn from it and choose to do better in our speech and actions towarrds one another.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  633. zac

    i think it would be a good idea because young children should not know about those words.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  634. john

    No because people should ingnore those words and teenagers should be mature about it

    January 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  635. Kaitlyn

    To edit the "N" word out of Huckleberry Finn is to change the author's work in a way that doesn't necessarily make it the author's work anymore. Twain's work shows us what it was like in that time period and the only reason that people would want it to be changed is because they are ashamed of how people used to act towards one another and though we should be ashamed of that we don't need to try to hide it completely, because all that does is severs the connection we have to that time.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  636. Rebecca

    I think that changing any book for someone else's "pleasure" is wrong. People have a right to write as they please, other wise, what is the point of having "Freedom of Speech". Twain wrote his story in a different time period, his way of thinking is different from ours now. For those who say its hard to read, does that mean that they will eventually want to change Shakespearean plays and poems? The image we give to the future generation, "hey we can change peoples great works of literature to make them what WE want" is not right.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  637. Andrew

    I am partial about this predicament. I for do not agree it should be censored for schools. Not because of people saying it should be, but because Samuel Clemens himself said "I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean." On the other hand no one knew his intentions. Censoring any part of someone's book without consulting the person would be an offense.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  638. Farmer

    It just isn't right that somebody is rewriting the story. Isn't that aganist the copyright law?

    January 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  639. Andrew

    I am partial about this predicament. I for one agree it should be censored for schools. Not because of people saying it should be, but because Samuel Clemens himself said "I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean."

    January 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  640. Alexa

    I think this is a very productive move because of the offensive languague;Others may think otherwise and have different oppinons but just because changes would be made, doesnt mean the book loses its meaning.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  641. jack

    to change the book is like to change history, if that is the way people talked back then we shouldn't change it now

    January 9, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  642. Emily

    These books are classics, it's not going to magically make kids want to read them just because a few words are changed. I loved these books and don't want to see them changed.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  643. Elliot

    Everything changes at some point. It would be easier to understand if some of the words were changed. It's not like they are changing the plot.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  644. ian

    The books are already read by alot of people and if thay changed it or not it really wouldn't make a difference unless of course you have never read the books before then possibly the chamges would make you more apt to read it.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  645. Jake

    I think changing the book is not a good thing to do. If mark twain was alive today he would think be really mad if someone wanted to change what he written.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  646. Jasmine

    These books represent a certain time period. Changing the books would be like changing history. Mark Twain wanted it to be like that so it should stay the same. Don't change a classic.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  647. wesley

    I dont think that these alterations would change a reader's intrest in the book. Its still the same message being sent by the author to the reader.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  648. Misty

    I think that they shouldn't make changes to the books. I think this because even though there are a lot of bad words in those books that's how people used to talk like, they used to say those words all the time. So reading those books would be like learning some history about what time period those books took place in.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  649. Sneha

    I would not read it because the author put the words there for a reason. It is more fun to read te book since he wrote it in the 19th century.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  650. Niki

    I think they shouldn't change the book because that was how it was made. I think they should keep it that way so more people can read it.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  651. Danielle

    its just the way they talked back then from a lond time ago if there heard us talk they'ed think the same things about us

    January 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  652. snigdha

    I think we shouden't edit it, because the book represents the old times, before we were born.Then we get to know what it was like.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  653. Craig

    I think the editing of these books are both productive and destructive. First, you are changing somebody's work that has been appreciated for years. It also shows the type of literature they used back in the days and editing it could change the whole concept of the book. On the other hand, the language in this books is inappropriate and younger kids should be gifted the pleasure to read these outstanding Mark Twain books. Changing the bad language will allow younger kids to read the book without getting bad influences.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  654. sally

    NO it would ruin the purpose of the book because the book had parts about race and it shows how the word was in history.

    January 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  655. Amanda

    When you change the original words of classic literature, what makes it classic? Teachers have the opportunity to use the terminology as a teachable moment about culture and history... what a shame.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  656. Casey

    Mark Twain is a legend and if you change his words students won't know how America as changed. I'm only a 6th grader but my opinion should count. Huckleberryfin is a classic and the N word was used back then. The words should NOT be changed!

    January 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  657. koni

    I'm happy to have an original edition since my childhood, i wouldn't ever buy a new one that didn't respect and follow the original edition.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  658. Maria

    Why should you change a book that has already sold million's of copes? Its not like Mark Twain even said that you could...so why are you?

    January 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  659. Sarah

    Rewriting a book is like rewriting history. It would deny that the language used in Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and related books was ever culturally appropriate.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  660. Chase

    I don't think they should change the book because in order to feel more into the book they should keep it the way it is because that's how some people talked in that time

    January 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  661. Hayden

    I think this would be more destructive than productive because it ruins the nature of the book.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  662. Nico

    I wouldn't want to read anything that isn't the authors own words, if they had ment it to be writen another way it would have been published that way the first time. it seems kind of like forgery if you change someone personal work or story just because they wrote it a certian way. and becasue it helps set the story as it was ment to be read / told.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  663. Javarious

    By changing Twains language will not only put a different affect on the books but at the same time will make them more appropiate for kids.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  664. Rose

    I think rewriting Twain's books are wrong. To do that is like taking history and changing it all up. If you don't like the language in the books don't read them. It's your chose what you read nobody can force you to read them. Twain worked long and hard to write them and no person should have the write to change any part of it. 🙂

    January 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  665. Kally

    I personally think that you shouldn't change the classics. It is a classic for a reason, plus the book helps us appreciate how far we've come. Why change an old book with offensive language if that's what the culture was like???

    January 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  666. Noah

    It would be destructive to change the book, if we were to change the book it would change the whole meaning of it. It would be like changing the date on your birth records or, changing the lyrics to a song.
    When children born in 10-20 years read the book, they won’t know what was there before they changed it. It’s also not fair to Tom Sawyer , he intended for the book to be this way so, let’s keep it this way.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  667. Brandon

    I think they should leave the books alone. The author was writing the stories at that time. We can't fix the past. I am afraid that if they allow this to happen, would they have the audacity to change the bible.

    January 10, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  668. Jackson

    I think that it's destroying the masterpieces of one of America's Greatest writers of all time. He spent the time to write it the way he saw fit, and to change it would destroy the book and crush the original spirit of it.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:22 am |
  669. Yasmine

    Changing the words to an original book that has been in the country for years if like changing the words to the national anthem. Those words are important the way they are. If you change them then, their meaning is lost. The new generation won't know the original words. The original words mean something different than the words that are gonna be replacing the original words.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  670. Domineek

    Mark Twain writing is amazing because its his. To change it would take the Twain out of the Mark Twain story.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  671. Isaiah

    I know that most people probably don't care how the book was written but if it is offensive to many people, then why not just change it? That way we can all read the same information together with no complaints.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  672. shane

    by changing the word in Huckleberry Finn book it would mean that the meaning of the book would also change. if the meaning changes then that would mean that the book is not the same

    January 10, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  673. Clarissa

    Personally, I would think that Mark Twain (Samual Clemmens) wrote his book a certain way, and for a reason too. I don't think that they have a right to change the way that history is made. I know if I wrote a book I wouldn't want it to be changed after my death.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  674. Steele

    You shouldn't change something That was written in a book. It is in the book because that's how people use to talk. It shouldn't offend people, it should just make people relise how far we have come.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  675. Ellie

    I feel that the stories should be left in their original form. It is true that the language and context of the story may be offensive to some, however, the people who find it offensive have every right "not" to read it. Twain wrote these stories a certain way for a reason. Not so they could be changed with the times.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  676. Taylor

    I personally think we shouldn't change books that were written during a different time. Those books are important to look back on to see where we came from. We need to remember how we got here and we need to see how much we've changed in just a few hundred years.
    I'm sure that in another hundred years or so, we will be talking about this same thing, just instead of Mark Twain, we will be talking about some one different.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  677. Zak

    I think it is wrong to change certain words that Mark Twain had written in his books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, because the words were used to describe how things were back then. If you change the words, it will change what Mr. Twain was trying to say by including them.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  678. Joey

    No, taking out the "N" word in Twain's book would not be help the situation. It would be like saying that people did not speak like that back then. It would also infringe on Twain's rights to free speech, and would ruin the intention of how he wanted the book to be read.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  679. Mrianna

    I don't think they should change the words in Twain's book it would take away the meaning behind the book. And would make it okay to do it somewhere else. Its taking away their freedom of speech. If your offended by it than don't read it, don't put another censorship on us. We have enough of those already. We have the right to see what truly happened in that time era. Life's tough and we should see it not think its a fairy tale and nothing bad happens in it. Because that's a lie life's not a fairy tale bad things happen.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  680. Eliza

    It won't be the same if they change it.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  681. cody

    I have attempted to read both of these Mark Twain books and found that the way the characters monologue made it hard to follow. If the books are going to be changed they shouldn't take out any of the key words that are aimed towards the plot. But if they were to substitute some of the words that were used in old English with modern terms then the book would be that much more easier for younger students to follow.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  682. Tyshawn

    They should keep the book the same because thats how it was made and if they changed it, I think people won't want to read it and it won't be a classic!I think it does not really matter if they change it or not it is what it is. But i also think that they should keep it the way the books are already.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  683. hanna

    I don't think the books should be edited because it wasn't like he was trying to offend people, it was just the way they talked back then and if he wrote it like that they they should keep it like that.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  684. pedro

    In my opinion, I don't think they should change it. Though some people may find it offensive (which I can understand), the "N" word is a part of history.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  685. jordan

    If the book is being changed because it afends people the dont read the new version read the original and everyones happy

    January 10, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  686. Julia

    I believe that the original work of Mark Twain isn’t replaceable and that the other authors should keep their work to themselves and not go correct others work. I’m sure I wouldn’t read books that have been changed, but I would rather experience the original story as how it was meant to be.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  687. Meep

    By taking the book and switching it, you are ruining some of the best literary classics of all time and really, how hard is it to look up a word every now and then? It's kind of like saying "Hey you spent so much time and effort on that book now we're just going to change it all!"If people aren't going to read the book as is, they have no reason to read it in the first place.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  688. Maria

    I don't think they should change the book because then it won't have the same meaning and if they take it out it wont be original.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  689. Salena

    I think that it is a bad idea for a famous book like Huckleberry Finn and the Tom Sawyer books to be re-published with editing done to it because isn't right to mess up something someone wrote and took the time to think about. I wouldn't want to write a huge book with all my time dedicated to it and then someone comes along and re- writes everything I did!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  690. Tess

    It's wrong to change a book...especially classics like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The author spent a lot of time making the book just how he wanted it. It's not their right to change his work. It doesn't matter if the book may be inappropriate for some children. That means you just don't put it in an elementary school library. The kids can read it when they're older. Changing the book can change a lot of history and do a lot of damage.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  691. Ashley

    I've never read the book before, but changing someones writing is just not right and it wouldn't be fair for the author. The writer worked so hard on it and spent so much time on it! it just wouldn't be fair!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  692. Iglesias

    Mark Twain's books are masterpieces, censoring out a nineteenth century masterpiece would be irrelevant. The original book is the one that became famous over the world, censoring it would be tampering with what is already an amazing story.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  693. Anonymous

    I think they shouldn’t do it because it is like rewriting history. Also people would get confused about what is going on. I think it is just unfair.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  694. Jasmine

    Taking out certain words in the books, will change the overall tone of the stories. The whole point Mark Twain was trying to make, was to show the discrimination between whites and blacks during that time. Those books are here for us to read to remind us of that time period. Editing that would possibly make us forget it.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  695. kaleb

    Don't change the books. Just because someone would take offence to it does not mean you have to take the book and change it. It just means the reader does not like it they do not have to continue on.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  696. Jedidiah

    Taking the original writing out of the book and replacing them, will defeat the purpose to get the point across.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  697. celest

    I think it is a bad idea to change the book because it will change the meaning of the book. the other reasion i think it is a bad reasion is that story has been around for along time so it will just ruin the book.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  698. Chad

    If it were me i would want to read the origonal words and not the modrenized version because that is half the reason why people read them.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  699. Brad

    I believe that it is not right to take all of the bad words out of the mark twain books because they are pieces of history and it wouldnt change anything.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  700. Fabio

    I don't think that some one should change the writing in mark twain's books. He is a big part in the American literature history, and trying to change that is wrong.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  701. rilee

    changing words in a book i think makes the book no longer uniqe becaue it was written with that language becaue that was the time period it was written in and the language just about everybody used back then, and that is the way the author wanted it to be and stay

    January 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  702. maddy

    I think that if they changed the words in the book people would'nt get the anger and aggrivation in what the auther wants the reader to feel. The auther uses those words to give the book essence and feeling, without those words, there are none.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  703. Noah

    Editing the book would ruin the integrity and emotion in the book. That is the words that they used in that time period. So it would completely destroy the feeling that you get from the book.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  704. Madison

    Keeping a story the way it is is most likley the best thing to do. Besides, kids these days (more teenagers than children) like the uncut stuff, and if you mess with a work, especially a well known one like this, it just doesn't seem the same when you're reading it. Plus, editing "those" words wouldn't make much sense, they were slang in that time period, as if we don't use words that are equally offending, or much, much worse today.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  705. Wesley

    I think that taking out the N word in the book Tom Sawyer is wrong. Mark Twain wrote it that way to give the characters more life. Also the N word wasn’t offensive at the time.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  706. Arianna

    I strongly disagree with changing the "certain words". Those books are classics. It shows how people talked back in the day and changing them would be changing historical literature.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  707. Stormie

    I don’t agree that the editors should take the N word out of the stories because the younger kids won’t know the true understanding of the stories that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) wrote in the first place. The news editors shouldn’t try to change history because then the editors could change history altogether. People that love the older history should know the real meaning of it altogether. So, I disagree that the new books should be changed.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  708. Jacob

    I think that the “N” word in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer should not be changed. If it is changed, a lot of the sentences will not make any sense to the readers. And not all African-Americans where slaves either, so that would be offensive to some people.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  709. Melon

    I believe that the N-word is offensive to some people, although the book was made around 1885 so the word wasn`t considered a bad word. I think they should keep the N-word in the books.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  710. Kaycee

    I don’t think that it really matters if the N word is in the books. If Mark Twain was still alive, I don’t think that he would like it if his books got changed. My language arts class is reading Tom Sawyer, and the words don't really offend our class.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  711. Enchilada

    Mark Twain’s books are written the way that he wanted them. There is no need to change the N word to slave. Everybody is different. If he were alive today, he wouldn’t appreciate that we are changing the N word. Changing the word will not make a big difference because we will still know that it is meant to be the N word.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  712. thomas

    I believe the Mark Twain story tells us of our scars. We should keep it as is because if we don’t learn from our mistakes were going to end up making them again. Without our scars we don’t have the story.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  713. jarred

    i think that they should keep the n word cause it wasn't a bad word then.i dont think that the righter would like his book changed.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  714. coral

    I think that they should keep the N word or use a better word than slave. Because not all black people were slaves in those days. People should enjoy the book how it is.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  715. Starr

    I think they should keep the N-word in Mark Twain’s books. They can’t change history. You don’t have to read it if you don’t like it. And if you call a freed slave a slave, that’s just as bad. It will confuse people.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  716. Butters

    I think that changing the wording in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer wouldn’t be necessary because that is how they talked back then…..and if the language offends you then don’t read it.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  717. Doogie

    I think the N WORD should not be changed because the generation 20 years later might not know what the history was like in 2011. So there would be a part of history washed away.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  718. Yvette

    I think that they should not take out the N word in the books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn because those are not the only books that have the N word. There are a ton more. I think that they should keep it the way it was written originally and not change it. Since it was not a bad word back then and did not mean a slave to every black person, it should not be taken out of those books.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  719. ROBIN

    I think the N word should not be changed. It states a part of history that was not uncommon to use back in the day. I don't think it meant any thing offensive to any one. it was only stating a part of history.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  720. Paul

    Making changes in books can really have an effect on how people look at the story.So basically, the publishers are destroying the history of these great, well known books.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  721. Curtis

    I think that they should not change the n-word to slave because it will take away the original words in the original book!

    January 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  722. antonio

    I think that they should not be able to change the book from saying the n word to slave, because the people didn’t mean to be mean. It was just the way they would talk back then.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  723. Alburto

    I think that it should not be changed because the history will be gone. If it is changed it will not be a classic

    January 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  724. MeGaN

    I don’t think that the n word in Huckleberry Finn and Tom sawyer should be changed to slave. That is how they talked when the book was written and we can’t change that history, so we should just leave the book alone.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  725. creyten

    If the n-word in Tom Sawyer was changed to slave it would not be a classic.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  726. Randy

    i think it is not a great idea changing the N word because when u change the word it is changing peoples experience. The N word was put in the story for kids to see what it was like back then

    January 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  727. ivan

    i think that the editors should not change the n word in the story Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn because it is just a part of history

    January 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  728. Mitch

    I think the N word should stay in the original book Tom Sawyer because it would not be cool to erase the history of the original book of Tom Sawyer to the word slave.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  729. Trisha

    Publishers shouldn't change the words of the original publication because it might change how people read the book. They should leave the book in the original words written by the author.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  730. Joshua

    I believe that if you change words in a story, you will make it into a different story. The author decided his words for a purpose. To describe the person or object. These words could have been used back then, but not now. Everything changes even vocabulary and you have to respect that.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  731. Brandon

    I think changing some ones words is a bad idea. If someone was to change Mark Twain words its like saying your words aren't good enough. Who would think of changing a great writers words.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  732. Destiny

    I feel that any author's work should be unedited, because then it isn't the author's words.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  733. Nathan

    Mark Twain wrote some very great books. Huckfinn, Tom Sawer, etc. Rewriting them would be horrible. Twain wrote them so they should be left as he wrote them. He spent his time and money making them. Also, taking those words out would mess up the plot. In that time, the N word was used often. Having that in the book would make the books feel like the time.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  734. Kellen

    By editing this book, the real lesson or reading it is lost. If people are going to read it, they want to try to understand what it was really like in those times. With the book changed, it just wouldn't be the same.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  735. Rebeka

    Kids should know whether they are allowed to read the book or not... the "N" word is a part of history and older students should know that and be responsible. I think changing the book would not make me more likely to read it . Knowing that bad words are all around in our life... they could not change the way people use language when we are sometimes already exposed to it in public.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  736. Talia

    I think it can be destructive and productive. It can be productive by modernizing a great piece of literature and, it shows someone cares about this book just as much as Mark Twain did. Modernizing the books can be a good thing because, it can make people of of the younger generations understand the books better. Also it can be destructive by changing something that all ready was a great novel and, it is knid of an insult to Mark Twains writing. It is an insult because, Mark Twain intended to write the books a certain way and now the publishers are changing those books.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  737. Brittany

    I know that if they changed the words from Mark Twain that would be like changing the constution because it was written that way for a reason and the words used were for a reason. He was just getting his point across. Its not right to chang his words.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  738. Michael

    In my opinion, the publisher should not change the writing of Tom Sawyer's books just because there are some words that are inappropriate. In the time past those words were okay to use. Also, he is not the author therefore he cannot change the writing. The words are part of history and shall not be changed. It is a classic to anybody who reads it.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  739. nick

    I think that changing the words wont really change the meaning, so why change it?

    January 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  740. Koehler

    changing the text of mark twain is changing the historical accuracy of the time period so i say it shouldnt be done.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  741. Gabe

    i think that the editors forgot the setting of the book where it was moral to use that word at that time period .

    January 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  742. Molly

    I think they shouldn't change them because it's the author's words. he used that word for a reason. He wrote what it means it should.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  743. Gabe

    also the only reason the publishers care is for the sake of the elementary kids that would be reading it so why don't they just permit the book to middle and high schools

    January 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  744. Liam

    If you do not like the words in the book then don't read it, plain and simple.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  745. Kasie

    Think if you were Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens).
    Would you want your book to change just because times have?
    Even though he died more than a cenery ago does that mean copyright laws dont involve him?
    The book 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is called the Great American Novel. Its like giving someone there metal of honor and then taking it back years later.
    In the books it is teaching kids about how it was back in that time. Rewriting the book in anyway is like changing history. As the famous quote goes 'If you don't learn from history your are bound to repeat it.'
    So why does this one publisher think he can change history permanently for the 'grater good' of the children of America? What makes him so wise and smarter than Mark Twain?

    January 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  746. Michael

    If you take words out of Mark Twain's books that would be like rewriting the contituition so it's easier to read it wouldn't make a difference

    January 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  747. Taylor

    Why would they even do that? Honestly, why don't we just take the bible and switch that around. We can't see our history, and how far we've come. Without where we have started.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  748. Royce

    It is stupid but taking out the cuss words would make people want to by it again and see what that changed so it might make a big sale but it is still stupid

    January 11, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  749. MIkah

    Changing the book would not be right. How will we know how that time used to speech?

    January 11, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  750. Summer

    Why change something that kids and adluts have been reading for years, and if there is damage to be done its already done, theres no point in changeing it now.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  751. brandi

    i think its a good idea to change the book a little bit with the "n" word... the world has a problem with bad language anyway... we dont need to get it from the books we read also... it might also make readers feel more comfortable reading this book, i know i would

    January 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  752. SYDNEY

    I think they should have the kept the books exaclty the same because people loved them and no one was offended by the language. It made it not a classic anymore.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  753. Anna

    I dont think they should have changed the book. It was a classic and it should not be messed with.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  754. Eric

    I think it's rediculous to remove the words from the story. Times were different back then and it just seems unprofessional to change a piece of literature that is that well known to this world. That would be like taking the arc out of the story "Noah's Arc", its just not the same

    January 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  755. shea

    I think they should keep the book the way it is because they put the "N" word in thw book for a reason. The reason they probably put the "N" word in it is because back when they made the book there was segregation and and people use to call people it.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  756. Gaby

    Some people like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn just the way it is. Then those people would protest the "new" and "improved" Mark Twain books.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  757. Hannah

    If some people do not like the languege Mark Twain used, then they should just not read it or have someone read it to them and skip the usage of the 'n' word. But, like Claire, I would not want someone to edit my book 200 years after I wrote it for me to approve of the changes.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  758. Sarah

    I am on both sides when it comes to something like this. You have to think about to whom this would effect. Many people take "talk" like this in an offense to racism. But then others will say why change a good classic book. Mark Twain was reffering to what "slang" they used to use. Personally I think that the book should stay the same. Don't change a classic.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  759. gage

    Mark Twain is one of the best writers ever. And if you change his books, that's not how he wanted the book to be. It might be foul language, but thats how they talked back then. It's a part of history and his original book will be around forever, so why change it? If he wanted the book like that, he would have written it that way.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  760. Nicole

    I feel as if the writings of Mark Twain are spectacualr and very well written. The book has some words that would be considered unspeakable today. The words used in the books show that the time period contained racism and prejudice people. By changing these words, it would change the way a reader might interprit the novel. I feel as if the book is a classic and should stay the way as it was orginally written. Although you can change the words a swap them out with ones that are less derrogitory, you can't wipe out the fact that racism played a huge part in the 1800s-1900s and that should be remembered as it was.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  761. Beth

    from what i have seen is that if you modify or change a book you are modifing it's meaning. And if they decide to change it there will be a whole new meaning for the book.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  762. Courtney

    Totally destructive, that would ruin the writers views of that time period. If we changed all of our past books it would change our knowledge and transform the way future readers thought about the past. It is unfair to every reader and more importantly the writer.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  763. Grant

    I think there should be an edited version and the original version for choice. If students would be able to handle the original version then let them read it. If not let them read the edited copy.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  764. Nate

    You change his books you change point he is trying to make

    January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  765. Eli

    i can understand why they want to do it, and its with good intentions, but its still not the right thing to do. what they could do is make both copys availible, one for the younger audience with the explit words gone and another for the more mature.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  766. dakota

    does it really matter if you use the n word in a classic booksuch as huck finn.people areintitled to what they read.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  767. Alyssa

    It is a BAD idea. An author's feeling and emotions are described in a simple book. Even if you make only 1 change the feelings and emotions that are perfectly described in a book would be destroyed.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  768. Renee

    I think that changing words in an author's book is wrong. It doesnt matter who the author is or what the books about, they wrote the book and put all there own hard work into it.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  769. Alexandria

    i dont think if you take the words out that it would make people more likely to read it because to tell you the truth i dot read much and i bet alot of people haven't even seen the book. just sayin

    January 12, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  770. Hunter

    Just because it has a few bad words doesn't mean it has to be held from children. Kids are already exposed to bad influences and on the other hand that is history and should be left alone. One more thing back then people didn't think of that word as a bad influence it was their way of talking . But now people are so curupt that they change the meaning of many words. Kindof like rumors

    January 12, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  771. Brandon

    it will ruin the book. He wrote it for a reason.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  772. wyatt

    What!?! Changing mark twain? He's one of americas icons. The book Tom sawyer is a classic. along with Huckleberry finn. but they should'nt just go make a whole new book just because theres a few bad words. What now? are they gonna change other classics also like pinnochio or my favorite call of the wild or even white fang? Im like omg!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  773. hannah

    i believe that since this book was written soooo long ago it should keep the use of the word.
    some people may take it offencive but they need to relize he is using this "word" in a different manner.
    people have no problem with the "n" word in rap song's by little wayne and or eminem so why would they have a problem with it now in a book that they more then likely have never even read?
    so to me i think the book should keep its original use of words.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:55 am |