Let's Start A Rebellion!!!!!

Okay people ... I'm not much of a rebel, which might be why I love to get lost in characters like Katniss Everdeen or Celaena Sardothien.  Strong women who fight the powers that be.  With that being said, there are a few things I will fight for; my family, my religion and my books!  Most people who know me know that if I want to do anything for me, it's to curl up with a good book and just get lost in the characters and story.  I share my love for books with everyone I meet and I'm like a kid in a candy shop as soon as I walk into a book store.  I get giddy with excitement when someone asks me what a good book is.  Which is why I was shocked to find out about the Banned Book list. 

My good friends at Epic Reads brought this to my attention and here is some good information about it ...

Challenged Books:  Books that people are trying to remove or restrict from schools, libraries, etc. 
Banned Books:  If a group of people challenge a book and they win, then the book is banned and removed from public spaces like schools, libraries, etc.

So pretty much anyone who finds a problem with a book can challenge it and get it banned from libraries and schools.  This in turn restricts what people can read.  Sure, there are books I choose not to read.  However, I don't want to take that choice from others or take that away from an author who puts hours upon hours into their "baby".

Now ... I didn't do this post so I could rant about banned books.  I wanted to feature some of the books on the "Banned" list.  You might be as shocked as I was to see some of these books have been banned ...

Banned Book #1 

Gone With The Wind

Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, 1st published in 1936.
The story is set in Clayton County, GA, & Atlanta during the American Civil War & Reconstruction era. It depicts the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea.  A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.  Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset & was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published & in 1937.  As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the 2nd favorite book by American readers, just behind the Bible.
More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.
Why:  For glorification of slavery.  The Author wanted it to show exactly what the world was like in the time and place in our history.  There was no glorification, just facts.

Banned Book #2

Hunger Games

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts.  Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games.  In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games.  The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight

to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence.

But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Why:  It has been challenged for containing sexually explicit material and scenes, violence, and the ever-popular “being unsuited to age group.”  With its strong commentary on social themes like psychology, economics, and politics, it has also been accused of being “too real.”

Banned Book #3

Harry Potter

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick.  He's never worn a
Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon.  All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.  Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a
birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed.  There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny

that's been waiting for him ... if Harry can survive the encounter.

Why:  The books promote witchcraft, Satanism, and anti-family themes.  They also claim that the movies “subconsciously market a new belief system on the viewing public.”

Banned Book #4

Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Why:  Because at one, brief point, 14-year-old Anne describes her maturing anatomy.

Banned Book #5

Captain Underpants

Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment.  The story is immediately engaging - two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them.  The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation.  Later, Pilkey includes several pages of flip-o-ramas that animate the action.  The simple black-and-white illustrations on every page furnish comic-strip appeal.  The cover features Captain Underpants, resplendent in white briefs, on top of a tall building.  This book will fly off the shelves.

Why:  It was banned for insensitivity and being “unsuited to age group,”
as well as for “encouraging children to disobey authority.”

And there are many many more. If you want to know if your book your reading has been banned have a look at this site... http://bannedbooks.world.edu/

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Kassie and Peter said...

Wow! Seriously?!?! I have some books I LOVE in that list! My favorite Harry Potter....so many good memories with that book. Crazy!

Tiffany said...

The funny thing is Harry Potter was the 5th most challenged book the year it was released. It's sad because it was key to starting so many to read again.