Friday, September 17, 2010
Banned/Challenged Books and My Recommendations
My interest was peeked. Here were a bunch of books that parents everywhere didn't want their children to read. Some of them I can understand. If I had children of my own, there are some books that I wouldn't want them to read until a certain age, and there would even be some that I would recommend not to read at all (not necessarily because I think it's inappropriate, but really there's some books that I think are a waste of time or just dumb. I still end up pushing through a lot of those dumb books just to see if it gets any better. Sometimes it does.). There are other books that I see on these lists and I immediately start laughing a little to myself and wonder why they were challenged in the first place. In my mind, they're perfectly all right, but I suppose it's all up to the individual reader. That's why I suggest giving some of these books a chance.
My suggestion: I don't want myself or anyone else to end up reading something and becoming thoroughly embarrassed or offended. So do a little research. Find the lists that tell you why books have been challenged. Again, I think some of the accusations made against these books I find to be a little ridiculous. No offense. So check out what other readers have said about the book so you can be more clear on the challenged subject matter.
A good list can be found at the ALA website, who even have a Banned Books Week from September 25-October 2! Another list can be found at banned-books.com.
- The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
-The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien