Blogging Question: Banned Books Week ends on the 6th. How do you feel about books being challenged to be banned from libraries or schools? Have you read any banned books?
Its amazing how many GOOD books are on the Banned Book List. I think it should almost be viewed as a compliment for someone to want to ban your book. It means that your book is both popular and making a statement. I also feel that people should have the freedom to WANT to ban a book. I think that privately owned libraries or ones owned by religious entities shouldn’t hesitate to remove a book if they don’t agree with its contents. However, government owned schools and libraries should NOT be banned from shelving certain books. I don’t care how evil or wrong the contents. This is America and we have the freedom to express ourselves through language without fear of being oppressed.
I am not against age-restricting materials. Just like kids can’t purchase rated R movies or buy Playboy magazine, I wouldn’t be against kids not being able to purchase erotica or gory horror without parental permission. That said, I probably would let my kid read whatever he wanted like my mom let me read whatever I wanted.
Banned books I’ve read on this list of 100 Most Challenged Books: