Banned Book Week Sept. 30 – Oct. 6


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As an author who writes on topics some might feel are “controversial” I worry that should I ever be traditionally published, some of my works may end up on challenged or banned lists.  I bet you’re probably thinking “ooh only classic out dated works that have words like nigger in it get banned.”  That’s hardly the case.  Yes, there are some great classics with that type of language on the banned list, but I bet you’d be surprised by some of the recent, well known, best sellers that have been challenge.

Firstly, what’s the difference between banned and challenged books?

Challenged Books: Books that people are trying to remove or restrict from schools, libraries, ect.
Banned Books: If a group of people challenge a book and they win, then the book is banned and removed from public spaces like schools, libraries, ect.

(Thanks to for the info!)

So let’s go over some books that you may have read that people have tried to get banned from schools and libraries:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman. Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling . Reasons: occult/Satanism

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson. Reason: occult/Satanism, offensive language

Those are just a few that you probably know, have read and very likely enjoyed. Now, imagine you’re a huge Twilight or Harry Potter fan and you go to the library to take out the latest book only to have the sad librarian tell you that the series was pulled because the people believed the books to be inappropriate. Would you be a happy camper? I doubt it.

First of all, I don’t think anyone has the right to tell others what they can and can’t read.  Should parents monitor what their kids are reading? Sure, but I think that’s a parent’s job not societies’ job to say what they feel is appropriate for their kids. I also think parents and schools have to teach kids the difference between fact and fiction and remind them that things happen in books because an author writes them that way.

Books can be educational, an escape, a wake up call, a friend, an inspiration and a revelation. Somehow, I think Harry Potter books turned a whole hell of a lot of kids, and adults, onto reading rather than occult practices.

Banning books hurts readers more than the reasons people think they should be banned for. Help support the cause. Read banned books. Share banned books. Tweet and Facebook messages that this is Banned Book week and ask others to do the same.  These works of literature deserve to be read and enjoyed.  People should be able to learn from them, escape the troubles of their own lives with them and share their stories with others.
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6 responses »

  1. I cannot understand the mentality of people who want to ban books! I was baffled to hear that Uncle Tom’s cabin was getting a revisionist treatment to remove the word ‘nigger’ and phrase ‘nigger Jim’. Yeah, because pretending that appalling things and racism did not exist will make sure it doesn’t rear it’s head in the 21st century! Right! How barmy! Of course books contain words/ideas that we find offensive or certain groups/religions might disagree with. But surely these books provide the ideal starting point to discuss these issues not stick our fingers in our ears and go La, la, la, la. We owe our kids more than that!

    • It doesn’t make sense to me either. Not only does it open avenues of discussion with kids, but it helps show them how different things were and maybe why they should appreciate the freedoms and such they have now, etc. Not to mention, they are just good stories and why shouldn’t they be allowed to read and enjoy them like hundreds of thousands of people have done before them?

      There are so many other worthy causes people could be dedicating their time to but instead these folks want to ban Harry Potter because they think it’ll turn kids into Satanists. Have some faith in your own parenting to teach your kids the difference between fact and fiction.

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