Tip of the Day: Read a banned book this week.
Since all the cool kids are talking about banned books this week I thought I would to. To kick off this banned book week popular banned/challenged authors like Judy Blume, Lauren Myracle, and Lois Lowry all got together near me in Chicago for a Read Out in which they each read passages from their favorite banned books. I, of course, didn’t realize this until the day after or I so would have been there! I actually didn’t realize that so many books were challenged (List)! It’s really puzzling to me how people find things so offensive in books, like talking about puberty etc., but then don’t lead big campaigns to ban all TV shows and movies because really, the stuff we see on TV is far worse than what is read in books. John Green mentions a character having a botched sexual experience in one of his books and people go crazy. On the pilot of the new 90210 there is a guy having a similar experience (although, apparently not botched) in his car near the beginning of the episode. Why aren’t people up in arms over that?
Books seem to be held to a much higher standard. Why is this do you think?
In the mean time, Judy Blume talks about when/why books started getting banned and why we need to speak out against the banning of books in this TV interview here. Pretty interesting if you want to check it out!
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub