Banned book week

 

Beware of banned books road sign

In case you were unaware, Sept 23-Oct 1 is Banned Book Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association. The Guardian has a nice article and interview with Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series, who claims the dubious honor this year of being author of the fifth most challenged book(s).

If you have a few minutes, check out the chart:

What we’d like you to see is that Parents & Schools, after the year 1990, initiate the most challenges, typically because a book has Sex, Swearing or Violence in it.  People often blame clergy and politicians for wanting books suppressed, but in reality, they almost never initiate challenges.  And it is rather odd, Parents & Schools are objecting to sex, swearing and violence, in a country where Go the F@k to Sleep is considered humour, and Two and Half Men is a top rated TV show, and violent video games are a billion dollar industry.

Anyway, here’s a list of  The top 10 titles most challenged titles of 2009. And yes, it is sad that some of these books are 60 years old, and universally lauded as classics, and still they are being objected to by people.

1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (books written entirely in twitter messages) by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs

2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality — among Penguins.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group (published in 1960!)

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group (published in 1951)

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group (pub 1982)

10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group (pub. 1974)

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