This week has been all about editing for me, so instead of doing a Work In Progress Wednesday this week (because you can really only talk about editing for so long... and, time's up!), I'm going to share what I've learned so far this week:
1) Did you guys know it's BANNED BOOKS WEEK? And also that books that have been banned or challenged happen to be among some of my favorite reads? I simply hadn't thought about it before, since I was raised pretty much reading whatever I wanted.
Some banned books that I've read and loved:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Wrinkle In Time
Catcher In the Rye
The Grapes of Wrath
Lord of the Flies
2) The books on the banned books list that I don't love are only the ones I haven't read yet.
3) Apparently I like books that evoke strong emotions or present challenging ideas. I read both Lord of the Flies and the Grapes of Wrath for fun in high school, and can say that they challenged my thinking and helped shape my world view. Fahrenheit 451 was one of my favorite books in middle school and made me want to be a writer. Speaking of which...
4) It is both ironic and hilarious that Fahrenheit 451 was banned. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Way to prove Ray Bradbury's point, censors.
5) I believe in monitoring what your kids read based on their maturity level instead of based on fear or censorship. For example, I don't want my 9 year old reading Silvence of the Lambs because it will probably give him nightmares, but I would probably have no problem with my 15 year old reading it if they wanted to. I want my kids to have a choice, but I will parent to make sure they're ready to make it. Once they're mature, they can read whatever they want, even if it contradicts my morality or world view. It will be hard, but I think it's right.
6) Writers are awesome :). I've loved reading the different takes this week on the subject of whether or not books should be banned. Most writers have piped up with something along the lines of "I hope one of my books gets banned! That means it was good enough to evoke some real emotion!" That cracks me up. Go, writers!
So what do you guys think about book banning?
Would you like to see one of your books
go up in flames be banned?
Why or why not?