This post was totally unplanned. But I was ranting so much today and could hardly focus that I wanted to pen it down. Once I did that, I wanted to put it up and see what you guys think.
If you have been following the latest goings-on in the literary world, you would have heard about this. You know we are close to the Banned Books week (Sep 25 to Oct 2). And every year, we keep hearing of more and more titles on the list for sundry reasons like sexual content, profanity, violence, and many others. The only reasoning I can strive to understand is "unsuited to age group", but even then, there are so many books I think the age group in question has to read from the banned lists. This is very subjective - why not let parents and teachers be the best guide here?
As readers, we try to do the very opposite - read the books that are banned and get the word out. I mean, if you look at the list, there are so many books that you loved and probably cannot understand why they had to be banned. To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, etc. The same books get banned over and over. Anyone surprised by the Harry Potter books in the list? Apparently, reading that series can make us witches or wizards or actively interested in the occult. How did they know that I would start a witchcraft organization and spend half my time doing murderous or horrifying spells on innocent people?
Laurie Halse Anderson has responded in her blog here. If you have read this book, please share your thoughts on it. This is one book that shouldn't get banned - instead it should be made widely available in school libraries.