Banned Book Week

The ALA has compiled (as they do every year) a list of the 100 most challenged and banned books.

Help mark the week by reading a banned genre title. Suggestions:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Carrie, The Dead Zone, or Cujo by Stephen King
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • James and the Giant Peach or The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

There are probably others, but I’m not recognizing them. Maybe I should do this when I’m awake…

10 replies on “Banned Book Week”

  1. UncleJam says:

    Why?

    Why is A Wrinkle in Time on the list? It’s probably been 20 years since I read that book, but I don’t recall anything even remotely objectionable in it. Can someone enlighten me please?

    Same with James and the Giant Peach

    • theangrymob says:

      Re: Why?

      Can someone enlighten me please?

      I haven’t read Wrinkle (never got around to it as a child, but should). I think James made the list because it portrays parental figures (James’ aunts) in a negative way. The ALA website had more info one why the top 10 made the list.

    • pythor says:

      Re: Why?

      Why is A Wrinkle in Time on the list? It’s probably been 20 years since I read that book, but I don’t recall anything even remotely objectionable in it. Can someone enlighten me please?

      Same with James and the Giant Peach

      Well, it’s been a good 15-20 years for me, too. But I seem to remember that late in the series, of which Wrinkle is only the first book; they make the connection that several humans have been sent to fight the enemy (E.Coli, I think..) and when they return to Earth they sometimes make a stir with the powers they’ve obtained. In particular, the childrens’ father was one, and I believe that it was hinted if not said outright that Jesus was one. I’m sure that would ruffle feathers.

    • davatar2 says:

      Re: Why?

      Why is A Wrinkle in Time on the list? It’s probably been 20 years since I read that book, but I don’t recall anything even remotely objectionable in it. Can someone enlighten me please?

      Same with James and the Giant Peach

      “Offensive language, undermines religious beliefs”

      Same old, same old. Has a book ever been banned without some religious zealot behind it? I understand the world if the religionist is quite scary, all these other beliefs arbitrarily competing for you and yours, never safe.

  2. joeshabazz says:

    Tom Saywer
    You’ll have to excuse my spelling here, it’s quite late, but I belive Tom Saywer was banned. Which well….. is sick

    • theangrymob says:

      Re: Tom Saywer

      You’ll have to excuse my spelling here, it’s quite late, but I belive Tom Saywer was banned. Which well….. is sick

      That and Huck Finn get tagged. The sad part is, it was first banned by white supremists because it depicted a friendship between a white boy and a black man. It was later banned by minority groups for its depictions of slavery and oppressive lifestyle. Make up your minds people.

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