I recently read an article on why China’s internet censors ban the word “salt”
(Because the government is trying so squash rumors that extra salt intake will protect you from radioactivity)
It led me on a rabbit trail to banned books in the USA. Now, I expected to see a list of really old books. Huck Finn was on the list, for instance. I would expect that… back from the days when people didn’t know any better.
But there were quite a few contemporary novels intermingled with classics like “Catcher and the Rye,” “Of Mice and Men,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” that really surprised me.
I guess these books are not banned in the sense of the government coming in and taking them off the shelves (which can happen in other countries… we don’t have to worry about that here in the USA) So I suppose they are saying that certain novels are “banned” by certain groups of people…. Which I would translate to “I don’t like this, so no one else should read it either. Please don’t read it.”
I remember this happening a few years ago when Da Vinci Code came out. Controversial? Sure it was. But it was FICTION. The problem was that it was fiction researched so dern well that people believed it.
Oddly enough, Da Vinci Code was not even on this particular list.
Here are the contemporary novels on the list that really jumped out at me. Get ready to say, “Huh?”
Harry Potter—Not just one. The whole series (Use of anti-religious themes and use of witchcraft and sorcery)
Hunger Games (Sexually explicit, violent, unsuited to age group)
Twilight. (Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unacceptable for age group)
Hmmmmmm. Let’s think about this for a minute.
Had enough time?
Soooooo….. anyone else want to trash their current WIP to start writing something controversial?
Hmmm. Let’s see. Who can I REALLY offend?
Someday these groups will realize that if you “ban” something, it will just make people want to read it more. It’s human nature.
Someone ban my novel. Please?
It’s too…. Ummmmmm…
Extra-terrestrial. Yes! That’s it! Other planets are BAAAAAAD!
Yes! We must ban this!
Note: Please censor yourself while making comments. Do not come out and bash any particular group who may not have liked one of these novels. I honestly don’t know who banned which, and I don’t care.
Proof is in the numbers that banning does not work… that’s the point of this article.
- Flashback Friday: Banned Books (reneamac.com)
- …not a thing… (readdancelove.wordpress.com)
- The Most Frequently Banned Book Features Scandalous Texts and Dubious Emoticons [Kids These Days] (jezebel.com)