There’s not a whole lot I can write about banned books that hasn’t already been written this week. I’m against banning books. Like really against it. I can never in my life remember my mom telling me I couldn’t read a book. A lot of times, I would ask to read something and if she didn’t think I was ready for it or she thought it would upset me too much we’d talk about it. I can never remember not agreeing with her with her by the end of those conversations. In fact, our only really fights about books were books like Outsiders and Exodus she wanted me to read, but that I thought would be too scary.
Did you know today is day two of Banned Books Week, which this year is being celebrated from September 22 to September 28. I’ve always kind of known there were banned books, but I think I viewed this as a problem that mostly existing the past or in really small pockets of America. I pictured the banning of books like Lady Chatterly’s Lover. It wasn’t until this year that I learned that the banning of books hugely spiked in the 1980s. Books like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games, and even the Alice books are among the most banned books of the last decade, along with classics like Huckleberry Finn and Beloved. This problem is not in the past. It not only exists in the present. It is growing. Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Men from Banned Books”