Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings.This week's discussion is on banned books!
Let’s talk banned books. How to you feel about book banning?
What are some of the banned books you have read?
Gosh, this question is tougher then it looks.
Really, books should not be banned. People should have a chance to choose to try a book or not.
Recently, I was surprised when my mom picked up the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James at the bookstore. Her reasoning was that it was geared to middle-aged women like herself and she was curious to try it. Even if I will never read this book in my life, I understand her reasoning for choosing to choose this book. I am not going to say like, "You cannot read this book because I never would."
But, I understand why books would be banned for one reason: profane language. And this is only for elementary and middle school students. I feel high school students, like myself, have an adept understanding of the world and the depth of how much foul language can hurt another person, to understand why certain words should not be spoken. I worked with third graders that last two years, as a teacher's aide for by Hebrew School, and I was impressed about that each child was intelligent, smart, and funny. But I never felt kids around this age yet have a full understanding of the impact a bad word can leave. Kids are still in the carefree state where they want to mimic anything they see, hear and read that is "cool".
I disagree with book banning when a book is banned based on personal reasons like a book not meeting one or a group of reader's morals.
I disagree with book banning based on a book including unrealistic magical elements and critiques based on a controversial issue and society.
My final project of high school actually was on book censorship. I created a defense on why the brilliant book Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut deserves to be read and not censored. I will continue my earlier statement by saying this book deserves to be read by anyone in high school, but I understand why a school board would not want this book to be read by younger students.
First, this book should not be banned just because it disagrees with a reader's morals like critiquing American culture. I felt that since this book shares societies flaws, like on page 164 when it comment's on American's glorifying the rich while subordinating the poor. I feel that messages like this actually benefits students because it illustrates to them about the need to improve society and distinguish its injustices.
This book has so much intellectual benefits from all its philosophical messages. I am still pondering over this line from Slaughterhouse-Five page 26, "When a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past ... All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist."
Wow. I am so amazed by this book. Just this one line has so much to offer. It shares the importance of memories, knowing that death is not the end. The past happened, the future will happen, but we should always remember each moment. Instead of only considering the present.
My other favorite banned books?
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Holes by Louis Sachar
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (Can you believe it?)
Thanks for reading!
What are your thoughts on book banning and favorite banned books?