Banned Books Week

I honestly did not think that anything is banned anymore. I assumed that the word ‘censorship’ no longer existed. However somewhere on this earth books are still being banned in some spots. Schools are quick to ban a book if it doesn’t fit their ‘mold’ of normalcy or what they feel is the right way of living. God-forbid the students actually read something that will challenge their minds and start a conversation! (sarcasm dripping all over my keyboard)

You should already know what subjects may be banned from books in the school but if for whatever reason you have no idea here’s a few: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, offensive language (as if these bad ass kids don’t hear it at home, lol), inaccurate information (um, all of the BS they spoon feed these kids in history books should be banned too if inaccuracy is the case. White people did not discover America! Give black people more credibility than what’s in there now, they have invented and inspired plenty), sex education (that’s why teens are coming up pregnant every time one sneezes), sexually explicit and violence. What is left then for them to read? You know how you always want what you can’t have? Or if there are negative feedback on something, be it a book, movie or a person everyone all of a sudden is interested? We all seen the numbers and drama for the movie and book ‘The Help’. Well last year these 10 books were banned from some school’s reading list.

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. Lush by Natasha Friend
  7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  9. Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
  10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I can understand why maybe the books Lush and Crank may be questionable but what’s wrong with the other ones? Anybody has some strong opinions on the rest of them? Tell me what you have read, write a brief synopsis and why it should stay banned or not.

Peace and luv!

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After writing this post I came across another list giving the Banned Books of 2010-2011. So here you go! Exercise your right to read.

  1. The Notebook Girls: Four Friends One Diary, Real life by Julie Baskin, Lindsey Newman, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen and Courtney Toombs
  2. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  5. My Mom’s Having a Baby by Albert Whitman and Co.
  6. The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker
  7. Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  8. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
  9. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  11. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  12. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  14. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  15. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
  16. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelveid
  17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
  18. The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
  19. Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
  20. Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane

3 thoughts on “Banned Books Week

  1. Dan Kleinman says:

    No book has been banned in the USA for about half a century. Fanny Hill got that honor a long time ago. Challenged books in schools that are removed is different from banning. Setting aside that Banned Books Week is propaganda, the creator of BBW said:

    “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

    See: “Banned Books Week Propaganda Exposed by Progressive Librarian Rory Litwin; ALA Censors Out Criticism of Its Own Actions in a Manner Dishonest to the Core.”

    See also: “Celebrate ‘Librarians Trying to Make Themselves Feel Important’ Week!,” by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 26 September 2011.

    Be sure to see a “banned” author admitting the ALA fakes its top 10 challenged book list for political reasons. See: “ Banned Books Week is Gay Promotion? Author Admits ALA Faked 2010 Top 10 Challenged Book List .”

    Oh yes, the ALA’s “censorship map” is plagiarized. By the ALA. And the ALA knows it and still uses it. See “How ALA Plagiarism Becomes Truth Through the Media Lens; SafeLibraries in USA Today.”

    • Good morning,

      I sort of see what you are saying however if books are ‘challenged’ then removed that means they cannot be put back on the reading lists for the school right? Doesn’t that mean that they are banned?

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