As Banned Books Week continues, it’s given me a chance to think about why you would ban a book.
Reading has multiple purposes and it’s purposes vary between the reader.
For me, reading is about learning and relaxing. Reading gives me pleasure and entertainment. For some it is a chore.
But what makes someone think that a book is outrages?
What makes The Perks of Being a Wallflower bad? What makes Harry Potter bad?
I’ve thought about it a lot over the last week, and I can’t figure it out. A lot of the books that appears on the lists of the most challenged books in the US are ones that I clung to growing up. The topics in The Perks of Being A Wallflower are admittedly heavy, but for some they are necessary. Yes, there is drug use and memories of child molestation, but it is also a book about acceptance, and learning that you don’t need to fit into society.
It’s boggles me how anyone would want to stifle literature in such a way that someone would not be able to access them?
If you have any thoughts on this let me know! I think weeks like this inspire discussion on censorship and the way we handle the content of literature, and something that definitely needs to be discussed.