If you’ve been around the internet in the last few days, you may have noticed this is Banned Book Week.
My sister was surprised to see this was still an issue. I’m surprised, to a point. Okay, you find the content of Twilight objectionable. (Add your own jab about Twilight having tons of other issues besides content in the comments.) So don’t let your teen read it. That’s your choice, in your household. To go to your library and demand that they remove the book because you don’t like it… That’s idiotic. The choice is yours to read the book or not read it. Let everyone else have that choice too.
Next up we look at some of the classics that either are banned or challenged on a regular basis:
- The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
These books are classics. They offer far more than the paragraph you managed to find of “titillating” text. Which I can assure you is far less violent than whatever you just watched on CSI Miami or far less provocative the the innuendo laden episode of the sitcoms currently airing.
Maybe you don’t let your teens watch those shows either. Good for you. Other people do like those shows, and those books, and it’s not up to you to take that away from them. Freedom means some people will pursue activities you don’t like. That is their choice, not yours.
So what book will you be reading this Banned Book Week? My book this week will be 1984, by George Orwell.
(I honestly had a hard time writing this post… The concept that a person would dictate what another person is able to reads is so utterly alien to me.)