Even though it’s Friday so I’m already late.
So in an effort to blog more I’ve decided to start doing this Top 5 Wednesday tag thing. I’m not sure how well I’m going to do, because I’ve always forgotten whenever I’ve tried things like this in the past. But I’m going for it. There’s a group on Goodreads HERE, if you want to check out the topics and join in. Also if you know of any group tags or things like this, please let me know because I am supremely interested!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
Okay, I have to admit I’ve only read Howl and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, of these five books.
Most of these books have been challenged or banned on the basis of drug use, alcohol, smoking, inappropriate language, homosexuality, and sexual content including masturbation and date rape. A few also contain suicide mentions or violence. Every John Green book has been challenged. Nearly everything Allen Ginsberg ever published has been banned, in 1957, his poem Howl was the basis of a huge obscenity trial because it had depictions of heterosexual and homosexual sex. Anything containing homosexual anything is challenged, anything that contains violence, sexual content, drugs or alcohol, language will get challenged. Anything that contains magic, religion, or race with get challenged. People can find something to complain about in everything, and rather than just not reading it for themselves, they try to not let anybody read it, and have to be vocal in their disapproval. It’s not hard to say you don’t agree with something, then ignore it.
I also found Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson on a handful of the lists of banned books I read. Apparently it portrays satanism, which is weird, because we read that book in fifth grade for school. And the worst thing that book did was make thirty ten year old kids really sad and most of us cried.
I’m going to wrap this up with a closing statement from the Howl trial.
“The battle of censorship will not be settled by your honor’s decision, but you will either add to liberal-educated thinking, or by your decision you will add fuel to the fire of ignorance. Let there be light. Let there be honesty. Let there be no running from non-existent destroyers of morals. Let there be honest understanding.” -Jake Ehrlich