Welcome to the Banned Books Week takeover of my blog!
Please welcome Colleen @ Lavender Lines! Colleen will be introducing us to the idea behind banning/challenging books. Please have your sense of humour and sarcasm handy at all times!
Banned Books FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so all about the banned books these days. See, my To-Be-Read pile is HUGE and I have no idea how I’ll ever get through them. So, in honor of Banned Book week, I’ve decided that all the books that probably should be banned won’t get read. Here’s just a few and the clear reasons why no one (especially teens) should read them.
Soulless by Christopher Golden – No idea what this one is about, but does it really matter? The title is sacrilegious. We shouldn’t read books about not having a soul because anyone without a soul goes to Hell. And that’s bad.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson – A young, rich, spoiled girl living on her own. Where are her parents? Surely it is the lack of parental supervision that leads her into thievery and romantic “missteps” as the blurb on the back states.
Stork by Wendy Delsol – Um, the main character is said to “connect unborn children with the right mother”. Sorry, only God can do that.
You know, this makes me think that most of the books I’ve read should be banned and kids and teens shouldn’t be allowed to read them. I read a lot of naughty, dirty books that would totally give kids the wrong idea.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Do teens really need to learn the best way to kill zombies and how dangerous they can be? Doesn’t that just promote random acts of violence against zombies? If you don’t put the idea in teens’ heads, then they won’t be tempted to pull a gun on the first zombie they come across.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – OMG the two leads in this book – gasp! – have sex! Honest to goodness sex. You don’t see it or read about it, but you know it happens. It could totally make other teens have sex. Especially if one of them is a werewolf. Wait, isn’t that bestiality? Double reason to ban it.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss – Should kids really be allowed to read about all these different fish? After all, the fish aren’t anything like them. Face it; fish are inferior so why even bother learning about them?
Good night Moon by Margaret Brown– Conversing with the moon? I sure as heck wouldn’t want MY kid learning witchcraft at such a young age.
The Bible – Really, I have no idea why people let their kids read this! It’s full to the brim with pregnancy, drinking, violence, murder – some pretty nasty stuff. None of which kids should learn about. It might lead them to a life of debauchery for sure.
You know what? I say let’s ban all books. Kids don’t need to read to learn, right? And the more sheltered they are the less trouble they’ll get into. Sounds like the perfect plan to me.
– Colleen, Lavender Lines
Thank you so much Colleen! If the above guest post confused you, made you mad, had you wondering why anyone would question those books on those grounds, than good. It worked. Welcome to the crazyness that is Banned Books Week, and the disbelief we feel when finding out a book we love has been challenged or banned from schools, libraries or even countries.
This week, rather than reviewing a number of books, I’ll be giving a general overview of their content and looking at reasons why they were challenged/banned. So, WARNING – it is quite possible that all posts about books this week will contain spoilers. Also, author Kathleen Peacock will be joining me later this week to relive her journey reading The Catcher in the Rye.