Book Blogger Hop ~ 9.22.17

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


In regards of Banned Books Week (www.bannedbooksweek.org/), what are your favorite books that have been banned or challenged? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

Oh, geez. I don’t even know all of them.

One of my favorites is at the top of the list: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Other favorites that made the ban were A Streetcar Named Desire, the Harry Potter series, and Looking for Alaska (#1 in 2015). Like, really? Sexual exploration was your take-away for Looking for Alaska?! Jesus H.

The thing is, people who report and want books banned are afraid. It is fear that rules them. It’s like southern Christians and teaching about sex ed and evolution in schools. The concept of “It’s not true because I don’t like it” and “I know nothing about that so it is wrong” and fear prevail and drive everything. This year my students watched a program about the Civil Rights Movement, and the hate spewed by white people that they watched (real footage) showed that very fear in the words they used and the vehemence behind them. So whenever something that is different and not your way arises, the instinct is to shut it down and suppress it.

It’s psychology. The more you try to remove something, the greater the interest in it. People will find a way to read it, watch it, whatever the more it is slandered or rebuffed. It’s like keeping a teenage girl from their boyfriend. They’ll do all kinds of things in secret to see them…or they’ll just outright defy and run away like a relative of mine did. It’s human nature.

5 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop ~ 9.22.17

  1. Oh nice! I remember doing a lot of research for children appropriate banned books for my sister last year. She teaches 5th grade so I was trying to think of ones that they’d be able to read and understand. I know there was one book that was banned because the hero was a girl. And that was just wrong. Cannot remember which one that was, maybe Alice in Wonderland, but that was banned also due to talking animals! So blasphemous! Lol!

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  2. Great response, Charlie! Although I didn’t use the analogy in my post, I kept thinking about the correlation between book banning and teaching sex ed and evolution in schools. Studies and statistics repeatedly show that banning sex ed from schools causes an increase in teen pregnancies. Much like abstinence only programs. I can denfinitely see where the fear comes in. Out of that comes: If I don’t tell my daughter and she doesn’t learn it elsewhere, she won’t know or be tempted. When, in fact, the opposite is true. I fall on the side of more knowledge, better prepared. And less likely to have sex because she knows the consequences. It’s not a guarantee (is anything?), but the risk goes down.

    It’s similar with books. Parents want to keep their kids innocent and protect them. But it can have the opposite effect. You raise a good point about raising the level of temptation, especially with teens. Heck even for us adults. If they really want to read a book they’ve been forbidden to read they will, no matter how well meaning the parents are. I would rather keep the door of communication open.

    I may not always agree with some limitations a parent may set on their child’s reading, but I do believe it is their choice and right. There are books children might not be ready for due to maturity or what have you and the parent is likely to be the best judge of that. But there is a big difference between a parent making the choice on an individual level and those who try to make it on a societal level, telling everyone else they can’t read it either.

    I was fortunate that my parents did not censor my reading. They knew me well enough and trusted that i would come to them if I had any questions or issues. And I did. I think we don’t give kids, especially teens, enough credit for what they can handle sometimes.

    I didn’t mean to go on and on. I feel rather passionate about this topic. 🙂 Thank you again, Charlie, for your insightful response.

  3. I couldn’t agree more! I’ve never understood why people don’t understand that banning books makes them even more desirable. Oh well. Some people never learn! Thanks for sharing this little bit of yourself this week at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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