Friday, August 31
by Sue on Fri 31 Aug 2007 08:13 AM EDT
Thank you, Harry Potter! You and your satanistic ways have surpassed "homosexual content" as a challenge to library books across the nation.
According to the American Library Association, the Harry Potter series is at the top of the list (2000-2005) of books targeted to be removed from libraries. Recognize any of the others?
I've read Hary Potter, Of Mice and Men, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Forever (good grief - is Judy Blume still controversial b/c of the most innocuous love scene ever written?).
I surfed over to GoodReads.com (be my friend if you want!) for more information on the other books. "It's Perfectly Normal" is a children's book about sexuality that discusses homosexual and masturbation in an age-appropriate, healthy way. The Alice series briefly mentions (and supports) both homosexuality and <gasp> interracial dating.
The rundown on complaints?
I suppose you could say what a sad world we live in when sexual language and activity is more threatening to parents (and groups) than books with violent or racist themes. However, like most rational adults, I would prefer to be the one selecting what books are appropriate for my child (and myself), not some wingnut fringe anti-gay, sex-fearing, God-lovin' group of loonies.
You know what book freaked me out when I was young? Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. That was a seriously psychologically scary book for a 15 year old. And our dreary old literature instructor, Mr. Ludwig, didn't help matters -- he was the kind of guy who would say "Write a 750 word essay ..." to a bunch of 15 year olds and then yell at us when we counted the words. Not the best way to teach an appreciation of literature (or critical writing skills).
For fun, check out the Captain Underpants website.
So I'm going to add some of the "banned" books to my GoodReads list. The Chocolate War and Fallen Angels sound particularly interesting.
Any books freak you out when you were a youngster?