Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Banned Book Week 2012

Yes it is that time of the year again - Sept 30 to Oct 6 is Banned Book Week.  It’s ironic that Banned Books Week, a celebration of our freedom to read sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, to name just a few of the organizations involved, is celebrated even tho every day as individuals we lose more and more personal freedoms, removed from us by a government that lives in fear that it's populous will raise up against it and in the name of outside terrorist they put and more restrictions on us.

Oh well the subject is Banned Book Week.  Libraries have always banned certain books they feel the town or parents would not approve of.  Some of those in 2011 have been;

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism
In 2012 we are looking at 50 Shades of Gray being banned a number of places,


 

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