Good video going around on Facebook: Jay Asher and other authors talk about Banned Book Week
Every year, my fellow English Instructors and I attempt to plan something for Banned Book Week and every year, it creeps up on us and we realize that we didn’t plan ahead well enough! That doesn’t mean that we don’t do what we can at the last minute, though!
This year, we’re making a bulletin board with pictures of us holding/reading banned books. So of course we need some banned books for the pictures. When I came in this morning, we started looking to see what we have and we realized that out of the 8 English full-time faculty at our college, I have the most banned books already in my office on campus! I have books such as:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
and many others! What makes it so funny (ironic) that I have all these banned books is that as a Christian, I guess you wouldn’t expect to see me with some of these books since they’re banned for religious reasons! When HARRY POTTER first came out all those years ago, I had three different students GIVE me a copy of the book with the declaration, “You HAVE to read this book, Mrs. Watson!” I was interested, but before I could begin reading the book, each and every time, my pastor husband found the books and threw them away!!!! Needless to say, it was not until all seven books had been published before I finally had a chance to sit down and read them–and fall in love with them!
Of course I have been blasted by church-goers and other so-called Bible believers for being a fan of HARRY POTTER and that’s fine. Since they haven’t read the books, they don’t KNOW….It’s no use arguing with those who do NOT know, know what I mean?!
I find that I don’t read certain books for religious, political, or even necessarily educational reasons. If I want to read something, I read it. I feel that I am adult and mature enough to be able to handle certain material in books that others find objectionable. Some of the books that are on banned books lists are some of the VERY best books you could read!
So don’t let anyone tell you what is good or not!!!! If you like it and want to read it, Read it! If you have questions or concerns, talk to someone. That’s my favorite part about reading anyway–talking to others about what I’ve read!!!!
The following quote is oh, so true! Remember in The Neverending Story when Bastian takes the book from Mr. Coriander’s? Mr. Coriander knows the truth of this and Bastian does exactly what he is SUPPOSED to do!!!
Maybe, just maybe, one day, I will write and publish something that has the incredible honor of being banned….Here’s hoping!!!