Yesterday started the annual Banned Books Week, an event to challenge and celebrate our freedom to read. Each year, hundreds of books are being challenged in schools and libraries for their content, usually when parents believe the content of the book might be offensive to their children. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracks down these complaints and compiles an annual list of the most challenged books in the US.
In order to celebrate our intellectual freedom, people all over the US (and world) have clasped their hands together and read as many banned/challenged books possible in order to show how far-fetched the idea has become anno 2015. We have a right to know, read, learn and develop our own opinions! A banned book would mean a constriction to our knowledge! Imagine never reading Harry Potter and not learning about love and what the difference is between good and evil? Horrible, right? Just because it’s perceived as satanic by a group of people.
If you want to check out the list of the most frequently banned/challenged books and the issues and controversies around this book: you can find it here.
This year, I’ve decided to delve into To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book belonged in the top 10 of most challenged books in 2009 and 2011 and I have a feeling it might return with the release of Go Set a Watchman earlier this year. One of the main issues why it has been banned/challenged is the presence of racism, offensive language and the fact it would be unsuited to the age group.
During the rest of the week, I will share with you my favourite quotes from the book, a review and further discuss some of the topics that are dealt with and why conflicts may have emerged.
So stay tuned to find out how I’ve experienced To Kill a Mockingbird!
Are you reading a book that has been challenged/banned? What is your opinion on banning books? Do you think they have a point to ban something?