Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In fact, I actively enjoy being corrupted.

Me and my compatriots at Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLiF) are keeping tabs on freedom to read week over at our blog. I sat in HUB today at our table, giving away postcards and pamphlets, answering questions, and reminiscing with strangers about our favourite challenged books.

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My books are not used to being locked up.

My Banned/Challenged Top 11...

  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (challenged for obscenity, particularly in regards to underage sex)
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. K. Konigsburg
  • The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling (for endorsing magic and the occult; and also because the main characters do not respect authority and the books glorify rule-breaking)
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (for supposed references to witchcraft and magic)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (for bad language, obscenity, and "anti-white" sentiment, whatever that means)
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (challenged for its depiction of homosexual behaviour)
  • The Anastasia Krupnik books by Lois Lowry (for language, irreverent references, a passing reference to suicide, and the fact that Anastisia wants to name her unborn brother "one-ball Reilly")
  • The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (for references to the occult)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (challenged many times, usually for objectionable language and references to prostitution)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Challenged in Kanawha County (WV) high schools as pornographic, offensive and vulgar.)

If everyone who wants to ban a book got their way, we would all be sitting around reading The Poky Little Puppy. Which, in turn, would make us so bored that we would resort to the following activities: obscene language, drug and alcohol use, sexual behaviour, experimenting with the occult, and coming up with new racist names to call each other.

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