Since it’s Banned Book Week I thought I would go ahead and make a post about Banned Books and Censorship.
When I was growing up I don’t think I even knew their was such a thing as banned books. My mother never told me what I could or couldn’t read nor did she have to read something to make sure it was age appropriate. Maybe I just never gave her a reason to think she needed to censor what I read. (Could be why I have such a warped mind to this day..lol)
I was amazed at some of the books that are listed on the Banned or Challenged list and even if I haven’t ever read them, I get a little riled up when someone thinks that they can tell me that I shouldn’t read that because of what it contains inside. Another thing that bothers me is a lot of time those who are wanting to burn the books haven’t even opened it up to find out what is really inside.
More than anything I think I am amazed at how many Classic books have been banned or challenged. When I read a classic it takes me back to a time period of when it was written. Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn takes you back to the days of slavery. Yes, it was a hard time, but wanting to change a few choice words is not going to change the fact that it was about a time in American when we had slaves. I really hate when people try and censor words because they don’t like them, if it reflects the time period let it be.
Here is a short list of Classics that have been banned/challenged:
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like I have been ruined for reading some of these books. Though I think the thing that surprises me the most is how through out the years you would think the things we banned would lessen but it hasn’t really. Now I am not a fan of Twilight and Hunger Games but they are extremely popular and I don’t think there is anything in them that isn’t in most books. I think if a book makes you want to read then why on earth would people want to censor that.
I don’t have children so I don’t have to really deal with what I think might be appropriate, but I also think that it shouldn’t be up to a few people to tell others what they can and can not read. If you don’t want your child to read Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Twilight then that is your right, but don’t ban it from everyone else.
TV shows now have become a little more risque and Movies that are PG 13 can become more risque and yet you don’t really hear much about it. So are we saying it’s okay to watch but not read about violence, sex, etc. You can’t shelter your child from finding out about things you might not want them to find out about and I think it would be better to read about it and discuss it then have them read about it with friends. But this is totally just my opinion.
Would love to hear your thoughts on banned books.