Saturday, September 24, 2005

Banned Books Week

When I was in high school, the high school library got rid of "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King. It was a book I'd already read, and it distressed me greatly they were kicking it out. The list of books that there have been attempts to have them removed boggles my mind.

So go read a banned book today.



Blogger Karen said...

Banning any one of Steven King's books should be a hanging offense LOL, just kidding. Seriously, his Dark Tower series is one of my all-time, top ten favorites. I have read and reread it many, many times. Speaking as a teacher, it is a shame to keep kids (and other humans!) from great books. I agree - read a banned book today!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Banning books suck. =) It reminds me of that old movie FOOTLOOSE, where the small town takes matter into thier own hands, and starts burning books, oh and how they banned dancing. ;)

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this important message, hon. I'll never forget how the works of Mark Twain were banned in a school I attended in Mississippi. Absolutely appalling.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Lauren Dane said...

Last year there was an attempt to ban Harry Potter from my son's school library. It goes on and on.

Imagination is such a wonderful thing. Books have saved my life and freed my soul and made me think and examine the world in ways I never would have without them.

If you don't like a book, a simple simple solution is not to read it. So very easy.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

You all do realize how much they've uh, lets say PC'd Mark Twain's books right? I am against banning books. But I am even MORE against changing what is a classic piece of literature (one of the few that can claim to be both this and enjoyable at the same time) into some watered down politically correct POS because it might offend someone. I swear! Don't change the man's words. I hope Mark Twain comes back from the dead and smacks someone with his cane. Jeez.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ack, I hate the concept of banning books!!

3:49 PM  
Blogger crissachappell said...

That sucks! I used to know a teacher who would thumb through the books in our library and black out the bad words with magic marker....Of course, what kind of person would scan through books, searching for four-letter words?

4:53 PM  

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