Yesterday was the kick off for Banned Book's week, it runs until October 1st!
What is a banned book?
Banned books are books or other printed works such as essays or plays which are prohibited by law or to which free access is not permitted by other means. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, from political, legal, religious, moral, or (less often) commercial motives.
Have you read a banned book?
I read the Scarlette Letter in school. I don't remember the grade, but I do remember the story. To this day, I can't help but think how hypocritical those people were. They left England for religious freedoms, yet here they were in America pushing their own beliefs on people. It didn't make sense to me. Like a lot of other things in that book.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was a favorite of mine in high school. I did a report on the book, sadly I only took home a B. But still it was a pivotal book, opening my eyes to the horrors of what happened in a long gone era and how we are still struggling to unite into one group of human beings.
The Jungle freaked me out and I was off meat for a month after reading that. HOLY HELL! This is one time I will say, thank God for the Union. That book still freaks me out, they should make that into a horror movie!
I just read The Great Gatsby. My AP English class didn't have enough time in 10th grade to read all the classics that the teacher wanted us to read. But I did manage to pick this book up after high school/college. After reading it, I promptly watched the movie. Why? To torture myself!
There are many other books that have been banned all over the world...including Fifty Shades of Grey for being bad writing, S&M nature, and harmful to people. I agree, but would I ban it? Nope. No more than I would ban any other book. You are an adult, you can choose what you want to read. But then don't get all pissy when the book upsets you, because the author is writing something you don't like. Put the book down and move on. Or leave a bad review. But for the love of books, stop banning/challenging books because their idea upsets you. Put your big girl pants on and deal with it sister!