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.
- And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Lush by Natasha Friend
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
- 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!
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.
- The Notebook Girls: Four Friends One Diary, Real life by Julie Baskin, Lindsey Newman, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen and Courtney Toombs
- Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
- My Mom’s Having a Baby by Albert Whitman and Co.
- The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker
- Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
- Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
- Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
- Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelveid
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
- The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
- Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
- Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane