Banned Books Week

Yesterday was the start of Banned Books Week, so go out & buy one of the many books people objected to this year. Among them, the regulars: Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War, two by Toni Morrison, and new ones on the list seem to have been chosen for having homosexual themes/characters: And Tango Makes Three, Gossip Girls, Athletic Shorts; and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

You can find a Banned Books Week event near you, or you can just go out & buy one of the Top Ten most challenged books of 2006.

3 Replies to “Banned Books Week”

  1. Banned Books Week? What a curious idea! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of anything like that down here in Australia; then again, people don’t seem to make much of a fuss about books here (or if they do, they’re not very vocal about it). Interesting to see you mentioned “The Chocolate War” as being a regular target for the do-gooders’ wrath. I remember reading that way back in 1985 (and its sequel, “Beyond the Chocolate War”, a couple of years later). Maybe the passage of over two decades has dulled my memories of that book’s “controversial” aspects, because I sure as hell can’t remember what they were! Anyway, as an aspiring novelist myself, the thought of Banned Books Week gives me another incentive to finish my book – the exciting prospect of seeing it someday make the “Top Ten most challenged books of the year whatever” list. What joy! (Actually, I already see lots of people making a fuss about it should it ever make it into print. Given some of the subject matter it’ll deal with, I’m confident it’ll be accused by all the usual unbalanced souls of “promoting the homosexual agenda”.)

  2. Actually, having had a day or so to think about this topic in greater depth, I believe many books should be banned, simply by virtue of being utter shit!

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