Banned Books Week 2012! (9/30 through 10/6)

Banned Books Week, that amazing yearly celebration of the literature people who don’t know you don’t want you to read, is here!

The Top 10 most contested titles of 2011 —

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Several of these (Oh, Lauren Myracle) are regulars on the list, but there are so many books that are banned for other reasons.  There’s the parents who want to ban the Harry Potter books because they OBVIOUSLY promote witchcraft, and the great number of people who want to ban “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” for using a certain term that, while not cool today, was incredibly commonplace back in the day when the book was written/set.

Here’s my thing – If we’re guaranteed freedom of speech, we should also have freedom to read.  I would personally rather cut out my eyeballs than read Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue,” but I’d fight to the death for YOUR right to read it.

(And how DARE anyone challenge “The Hunger Games?” Don’t mess with Katniss.)

Read a Banned Book this week.  There are plenty to choose from, as this list clearly shows.  (And, good lord, some of the reasons for challenging these books make me just want to read them more.)


About JamieP

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Posted on October 1, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Really? They’re STILL going after TKAM? Geeze.

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