…If you can still read it?
We have apparently missed “Banned Books Week,” which ended October 1st, but I just saw this nice post about books which have been “banned.”
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:
[Sorry, shouldn’t it be Challenged Books Week, then? – Dave]
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
I’m not sure who ‘challenged’ these books, but they don’t actually appear to be banned. One is a big bestseller, and was a motion picture. If these were challenged as far as their use in schools, well that’s just setting standards. That’s not censorship, banning or ‘Big Brother.”
The phrase ‘unsuited for age group” keeps cropping up in the list. Does the American Library Association think all books should be available to all children? As far as the comments for Fifty Shades of Grey, they seem reasonable enough, since the book was about tying a woman up and having sex.
Maybe the American Library Association needs to look up the word banned.