September 25, 2010

I'm with the banned!

It's that time of year again - Banned Books Week

I love this year's slogan: "Think for yourself and let others do the same." I think this really gets to the heart of the issue - people have the right to read whatever they want (and to monitor their own children's reading habits), but they do NOT have the right to tell anyone else what they can and cannot read. It becomes censorship when people start challenging other people's right to read or trying to ban books so that no one can read them. 
Here's a list of the 10 most challenged books of 2009. 
How many of them have you read? I've read To Kill a Mockingbird (which is my all-time favorite book!), the Twilight series, The Catcher in the Rye, My Sister's Keeper (which is by one of my favorite authors), and The Chocolate War.


Suzanne said...

I'm celebrating Banned Books Week too! I'm reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and highlighting banned books during the week! I love the theme this year too, and it really hits home the notion of "don't read it if you don't want to, but I do!"

Stop by this week to share your thoughts at Chick with Books!


Staci said...

One of my classmate's mothers had Christina's Ghost banned from the middle school when the classmate's sisters got there. She convinced the school, which was a public school I might add, that the presence of a ghost meant the book promoted Satanism and thereby should not be allowed. Why she couldn't just tell her kids not to read it I'll never understand.

I'm sure this woman is probably now leading the movement to have everything from Harry Potter to Twilight banned if Christina's Ghost offended her. It sucks because people like her take the joy out of reading. She ought to be happy kids are reading, period, and not glued in front of the TV or video games.

I'm the same way about parents who get all up in arms over particular shows or movies. If you don't want to watch it/your kids watching it, then turn the channel. Just don't impose your sense of morals on everyone else.

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