I have discussed before last year about book banning-thinking from the perspective of people on the other side and the irony of banning a book. My thoughts on the matter is, to put it plainly, that it irritates me. I just find it so strange that one person (or a group of people) can go around dictating what should and shouldn’t be read. It’s ridiculous to see children and adolescents deprived of a book containing a strong message. Every time Banned Books Week comes around, all I can think of is Laurie Halse Anderson’s poem, and I nearly start crying. The gist of it is this: The words penned in certain books can have an enormous impact on the ones who read it. You can see her read it in this video on YouTube.
I understand where these parents and adults are coming from. Some of these books can be explicit and talk about very heavy subject matter. They may not think their child or teen should read it. And that is fine. It’s when you force your choice to be a rule, thereby removing the book from the hands of the rest of the children and adolescents. Do what you wish with your own children. Don’t keep that book away from other children.
How about you? Do you think books should be banned? Have you read any banned books? What do you think about Banned Books Week? I’d love to hear your thoughts!