In honor of International Banned Books Week, I’m going to share some of the most challenged books of the decade. Annually the last week of September (aka, now) celebrates the freedom to read anything and everything. Librarians, teachers, authors, publishers, and readers of all kinds are united together in their shared support of the right to search for knowledge and express ideas, even if they may not be the most orthodox.
Think of what our classrooms and libraries would be like if some of the once banned books were removed from our shelves. There would be no Great Gatsby or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, no Beloved, To Kill a Mockingbird. Most importantly, there would be no Lord of the Rings (gasp!). Today, some of the most challenged works include the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games Trilogy. I mean, seriously? You may be asking yourself, as I was, “what can possibly be deemed wrong with such life-changing works of literature”. Let me enlighten you to the world’s crazy.
The Hunger Games: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, sexually explicit (huh?? WHEN?! In my humble opinion there was hardly any sex and DEFINITELY not enough), unsuited to age group, violence
Harry Potter: occult, Satanism, violence
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: homosexuality (because that’s a sin, guys, don’t forget!), offensive language, sexually explicit (now that I’ll buy), unsuited to age group, drugs, nudity (you can’t be naked anymore. Get your bathing suit on before you enter the shower, Johnny!!!), suicide (shhhh…if you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t happen).
This blows my mind. Enraged housemoms actually get out their pen and paper and write itemized lists of what’s wrong with award-winning literature, and send it off to get it banned. WTF?! As a rather stubborn person who hates being told what she can and can’t do, I can vouch for many when I say that a list of “banned and challenged” literature just makes me want to read it more. For example, what’s the fuss about And Tango Makes Three? People are HATING on this book. Sorry, guys, I need to get make a purchase on Amazon….
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