Closing books closes mind. Celebrate your f-read-om to read this week, (September 21-27, 2014), by reading a banned book!
Books are banned for all sorts of absurd reasons, including offensive language, sexually explicit material, violence, occult and or satanic themes, religious viewpoints, and being considered “anti-family”.
Notable banned books include:
1.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
It was called, “trash and suitable only for the slums,” because of racially sensitive themes. It was first banned in Concord, MA in 1885.
My grandfather owned this book, possibly an original copy, and I remember reading it when I was very young. The racially oppressive language never bothered me, mostly because I didn’t know what it meant.
2.) The Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
This “man and his dog story” is often read by adolescents, and because of the audience it attracts, isn’t considered “age appropriate” due to its dark tone and bloody violence.
My father owned this book, possibly still does, and I can remember reading this book pre-adolescence.
3.) The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, 1951
Frequently challenged and removed from classrooms and school libraries. It was considered “unacceptable,” “obscene,” “blasphemous,” “negative,” “foul,” and “filthy.”
This book was a required read at my high school. It bored me to tears… honestly! One I could have lived without reading. Why, oh why couldn’t it have banned from my school?!?!?! 😉
4.) Go Ask Alice, Beatrice Sparks, 1971
Due to frequent mentions of drug use, sex, extreme profanity, and teen pregnancy, this book has been challenged since the day it was published, and is still controversial to this day!
One of my favorite books, I hold it near and dear to my heart, and if I had a teenage daughter I would have NO problem with her taking a gander at it. I read it when I was 12 or 13.
5.) Forever, Judy Blume, 1975
This book has strong themes of teen sexuality, making it a target of frequent censorship, specifically from pro-abstinence and religious groups who do not like the fact that the protagonist of the story is a teenage girl “on the pill”.
Adapted for television, this book was part of our sex-ed in my school. I’m pretty close to positive I read the novel, also, as I was a big fan of Judy Blume growing up.
What is your take on banned books? Do you think it is harmful, or for the betterment of society? Please leave you thoughts below. I’m curious as to what you think! 🙂