• Sarah Leonard

Why Banning Books Should Be Banned

Updated: Jun 25, 2019

So, Banned Books Week was from September 23-29.

For many years, certain people have read books and seen them as a nuisance, as a bad influence on minds due to issues like using the lord’s name in vain, practice of black magic, and violence within the text. How do these people solve this? They ban these books, because our puny human minds may get the wrong idea and start running around whacking people with wands and screaming OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD.

But when books are banned, kids who could have related to that text, who could have found solace in the message, are deprived of those novels. For kids with facial deformities like Auggie in Wonder, sorry, you’ll just have to go without reading about a relatable character and book that could have comforted you. Ever been bullied? Felt like an outcast? Harry Potter and Perks of Being a Wallflower won’t be able to help you there, because those are banned, too. I did try to find out why Wonder has been banned in the past, but I couldn’t find any info, so message me if you know the reason!

Of course, there are books like the Hunger Games and 1984 that may not be as relatable to your current situation, but that still doesn’t mean they should be kept out of people’s hands. Books aren’t these dark things meant to corrupt people. They’re stories created to steal us from the real world for a few moments and tell us a good tale.

I’m honestly shocked that banning books is still even a thing. In the U.S., I have never heard of a publisher that does not support Banned Books Week. In fact, most, if not all, of the big five publishers (Hachette, McMillian, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster) celebrate Banned Books Week.

And this post is meant to celebrate this week as well. It’s also nice to rant about these evil banners. Now, I get if parents don’t want their kids reading certain books. They have every right to keep certain novels from them. But no one else has the right to ban books and take away the right of even a parent to provide a child with that novel. Banning books doesn’t shelter us from the world, and honestly, most books are banned for ridiculous reasons. I guarantee you the very people banning books for using the lord’s name in vain have committed that sin themselves.

All in all, we should ban banning books. I can’t imagine not having grown up reading Harry Potter. It created my love for writing. It made it easier to deal with bullies and torment. It made the world more magical. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein made me love writing poetry. Made me believe that it was okay to be a little weird sometimes. I’ve listed some banned novels below with reasons they were believed to be corrupt. Message me or comment below if you want to discuss this more! I’d love to hear about some more banned books that are ridiculous (aka. All banned books). Till next time, Nooksters!

Harry Potter: sexual content, inappropriate language, glorified/promoted witchcraft and the occult

The Fault in Our Stars: crude language, sexual content, morbid plot

A Wrinkle in Time: too fantastical?

Bridge to Terabithia: profanity, disrespect toward adults, too fantastical (could confuse children)

Beloved: sexual content

The Great Gatsby: language and sexual references

The Hunger Games: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence, religious viewpoint, inappropriate for age group

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: character with questionable morals

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: language and anti-Christian content

Looking for Alaska: offensive language and sexual content

I am Jazz: confrontation of transgenderism

George: inappropriate languages and references

Where’s Waldo: 1987 version showed a woman’s bare chest in one of the jumbled beach scenes

A Light in the Attic: promoted violence, disrespect, and cannibalism

Pooh Bear: talking animals considered an insult to God, book revolves around to Nazism, Piglet character offensive to Muslims

Anna Frank: The Diary of a young girl: sexual content and homosexual themes

The Giving Tree: sexist, criminalization of foresting industry

Charlotte’s web: insults God

The Lorax: criminalization of foresting industry

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: contained definition of “oral sex”

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