Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Enid Blyton Was Never like This

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Enid Blyton Was Never like This

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HOW I LIVE NOW Cert 15, 101 mins SAOIRSE Ronan's trashy-cool "look" (Christina Aguilera hair, Rod Stewart trousers) dominates this adaptation of the young-adult sci-fi novel by Meg Rosoff.

Ronan, pictured, plays Daisy, a surly, 16-year-old New Yorker sent to join British relatives in the countryside just as World War 3 breaks out. One of her cousins, Edmond (George MacKay), proves cute. What follows is Enid Blyton meets The Cement Garden meets 28 Days Later. The apocalypse, in other words, with lashings of sex.

Never mind the incest, moral guardians will be appalled that Daisy's voyage of sexual discovery is viewed through rose-tinted spectacles. It's rare for pre-marital intercourse to get a thumbs-up in mainstream drama aimed at female teens (there's none of that in Twilight or The Hunger Games).

While these romantic scenes may be pioneering, however, they're also daft. How come the other kids don't notice (or even refer to) the humping? …

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