Tell Me Something Tuesday: Book Banning

Posted May 21, 2013 | 16 Comments

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This week’s question: Let’s talk banned books. How do you feel about book banning? What are some of the banned books you have read?

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I believe there are a lot of books that should be banned. Not only banned from people reading them, but banned from existence. Burn them, I say!

Yeah, right. Of course I’m against banning books. Obviously there are certain books that should be banned from certain places. I wouldn’t be okay with 50 Shades of Grey being in a middle school. 37449But should it be banned in general? No. Just because I’m not a fan doesn’t mean I have a right to forbid other adults from reading it.

As  far as reading banned books, I certainly have. C’mon, have you seen some of those lists of banned books? I’ve read banned books and didn’t even know they were banned or challenged. It’s ridiculous. It”s interesting to see how certain states, counties, or schools will ban a book while a different school will use it as part of their curriculum. For instance, I read To Kill a Mockingbird in school, but it’s banned in some schools.

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I think parents should determine whether a  book is appropriate for their child or not. Then again, some parents jut don”t have a clue. I used to hang out in my grandparent home office/library all the time. One day I gravitated to a book called Christine by Stephen King. Heard of it? Yeah, I bet. I was only in 5th or 6th grade and only took interest because the title is so similar to my name. I read it and loved it. Then I started reading Dean Koontz and John Saul. My mom and I were in a used bookstore when I was in 8th or 9th grade buying a Koontz book, and the older guy working there had a problem with me reading them and said in a dickish tone to me “would you want your daughter reading this?” I replied “As long as she’s reading.” He shut up and I never gave him my business again. And I gave him a lot prior to that. Moral of the story? I’ll read whatever the eff I want! 😀

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16 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Book Banning

  1. Amen and ditto! When I was in the 4th and 5th grade, I was reading what was then called “teen” at the library and whatever adult books I could get my dad to buy me (he “got it” my mom didn’t). I loved Stephen King and those John Saul books about the psycho kids, VC Andrews and Agatha Christie.
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  2. Yeah I don’t see any parent being upset that their child is reading. If there is a parent out there that has gotten upset then they need to rethink themselves.

  3. Nicely put!
    Although there are some books I wish weren’t around, I would never ban any – apart from some rather offensive and questionable ones that I’ve seen on Goodreads, perhaps =/
    As long as it gets someone reading, especially if they don’t normally, it’s doing its job!
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  4. unfortunately some of these books became banned due to parents who didn’t want their children reading them. I use to go to school in NYC were we read a lot of these so called banned books. Shoot I didn’t even know they were banned till another blogger listed them on her site today and I was like.. wow.. I read 5 out of 10 of those and pretty sure another one of those other classes read it.
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    Ha ha — that made me laugh. That’s the problem with book banning: everyone has a different opinion about what is offensive or age-appropriate — or boring. It should be the reader who decides what to read (or the parent in the case of a child) not some outside entity.

    I also got chased out of the adult section when I was in fifth or sixth grade — back then there weren’t as many great YA books.
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  6. You had me for a second! I was like ‘woah! Christy wants to burn books?!’ 😛 Well said though. I’ll read what I want, when I want! I think parents should be aware of their child’s maturity when it comes to reading instead of basing it solely on age. If they can handle older books, then let them read as long as they are reading.
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  7. Yeah book banning is ridiculous. My mom let me read what I wanted too. My favorite was V.C. Andrews when I was little lol and they are actually categorized as YA which I never knew until recently. Anyway one time my aunt told my mom she didn’t think I should be reading them but my mom said I was a mature and advanced reader and I could read whatever I wanted. My kids will be able to read whatever they want. They is like some weird fear where parents think if their kids read about things they are going to run out and do them and that is just untrue. Keeping sex and violence hiding isn’t going to stop anything. I think it is most important to just discuss these things in the open than keep trying to ban them.
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  8. I agree, parents should be the ones that determine whether a book is right or wrong for THEIR child and should not be able to keep others from reading the book. I was lucky and even though I’m from a very religious family, I did have the freedom to read what I wanted but my mom talked to me about books like Stephen Kings and how they might affect me. She had no concerns about children or middle grade or even teen books and I was free to read any of them.
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  9. Oh, I love this topic and I certainly agree with you, Christy! There are some books I wish I could just destroy completely, but I think that even though I don’t like a certain book, I shouldn’t dictate what another individual reads. How unfair is that? And I also think that parents should do what they think is best for THEIR child. One child might be terrified and react poorly to, say, The Hunger Games. While another child is perfectly fine with it. It all really depends. I don’t like the thought of a book being banned because some nut job thinks it’s controversial. I’m a free woman, gosh darnit! haha 🙂
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  10. I love your response to that book seller! In my opinion, the parent and child should work together to decide what’s best for them. I’ve read quite a few things without my parents’ approval, due to gore or sex, but I’ve handled them perfectly fine. Reading is an excellent way of realising that horrible things happen in the world, and banning books just makes you unprepared for real life.
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