As an adult I sometimes forget that schools in the U.S. can an actually ban books in their libraries. I'll admit I'm not a Twilight fan but it was a little shocking to see it among the list.
(Isn't Twilight mostly a preteen to teen thing?)
I was also shocked and slightly appalled to see literary classics like 1984 by George Orwell, The Giver by Lois Lowry, 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien on the list.
The Lord of the Rings!?! Seriously!?!
When a high school in Missouri recently banned , Kurt Vonnegut's story of World War II as told through a science fiction lens, for creating " conceptions of American history and government," the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library stepped up to donate copies of the book to any affected student that requests it.
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You'll have to read the article to really get the gist of my frustration but I honestly don't get the logic behind banning some of these, if not all. I guess parents have to say to themselves at what point does this become ridiculous?
Banning childrens' books because they contain witches and vampires and wizards?! Good lord...
As a child, I enjoyed books that dabbled in magic, vampires and wizards (Darren Shan's--Cirque Du Freaks, anyone?) and I honestly think I'm all the better for it. Those were the books that really pulled me into the wonderful world of reading and helped make me the person I am today.
I have my moments, but overall, I think I'm a pretty well rounded, somewhat normal adult who doesn't feel the need to worship satan despite the fact that I read books about vampires, played with Pokemon cards and watched Goosebumps on TV.
Click on this link to view a complete list of banned and most frequently challenged books, click here.
What do you think? Should certain novels and literary classics be banned from libraries just because they may contain themes that could potentially be offensive to some readers?