Celebrating Banned Books Week
The annual celebration of Banned Books week in America was held last week from 30th September- 6th October.
The event celebrates the freedom to read, and first materialised in 1982 after various books in the United States were challenged or repressed in libraries, schools and bookshops.
Banned Books week highlights that censorship of information and ideas can actually cause harm, and brings together the entire book community each year.
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, a major hit for 2012 is one of the many to be challenged. It is said to be both anti-family and anti-ethnic, insensitive, has offensive language and occult/satanic violence.
Other novels that have been and may still be banned are Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The seemingly drug-fuelled fantasy world of wonderland has caused many parents to object to their children reading the novel, while Shelley’s Frankenstein has been censored for its debate surrounding religion and science.
Banned Books Week is over for this year, but censorship of books is not. So do not stop reading banned or challenged material and remember- you might actually be rebelling for reading a classic book!