So what did we read as kids? Hiving this one off the Proust thread, and in particular Hadrada's comment which evolved into an examination of Nancy Drew and her relationship.
Have to say, although I never bothered with any of the films, or even any other Tolkien stuff, I read the Hobbit again and again.
Swallows and Amazons was another series that was just wonderful. So evocative of an innocent age.
Loved the Just William, Billy Bunter and Jennings books.
And of course, like millions and millions, we all went through a phase of devouring books about the Secret Seven, the Five Find Outers and the Famous Five.
Also had a Fighting Fantasy phase, much to the parents irritation - "another book about goblins?".
So are kids today still reading this stuff, and if so are they missing out on using their imagination, or did the whole reading thing belong in a bygone era and kids should now be encouraged to get on their computers and go gaming?