Hey! Banned Books Week is coming up starting this Sunday! This year has a focus on banned comics & graphic novels.

If you are looking for some resources to spread the word or to run events, you should head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website where they have lots of stuff including two free downloadable posters you can print up to help promote BBW. I did the design above.

Oh yeah, and something else you could do for BBW is read Americus, by MK Reed and myself, which is all about book banning, censorship, and coming of age. 

Update on Next Week's Posts

It’s one thing to write a scathing one-star review of a novel. It’s another to try and ban that book. One-star reviews, while sometimes wildly misguided (and often comical), ultimately add varying perspectives that promote a lively public discourse on literature. Attempting to ban a book is, well, in my opinion, some seriously fascist shit.   

And you know what fascists hate? Laughter. So, next week, in honor of Banned Books Week, I’m going forgo the regular one-star reviews, and post the most outrageous challenges to classic books instead. 

Feel free to send me a message with any of your favorite challenges/bans. They might end up on the blog. 

booksandwildthings said: Hello, there! Love your blog! I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for Banned Books week (Sept 21-27)? Thank you!

Thanks for reminding me about Banned Book Week! I always love looking back and seeing what books have been banned and continue to be in different places of the world! Here are my favorites books that have been banned at one time or another!

1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Thanks for the question! You can find more about Banned Books Week HERE. What is your favorite banned book?

You know what I don’t get about people who ban books?

They’ll ban books that truthfully portray terrible experiences that happen to teenagers, like Speak, but they won’t ban books books because they portray and romanticize abusive relationships like Twilight.

At the same time, they’ll ban books like Twilight and 50 Shades, again—not because they portray really unhealthy relationships in a romantic light— but they will ban them because one contains some supernatural creatures and is therefore devil worship and the other portrays a sexual relationship and is therefore porn.

They’ll santise an entire Mark Twain novel from the “n” word, even though it portrays the racist south as it was in it’s time. But they’ll say nothing about racist books that fetishize/appropriate cultures set in today’s world.

I think that just shows that people who try to ban books rarely actually know what the hell they’re talking about and attack books based only on their own narrow social little world views.

What are you guys reading for Banned Books Week?

Next week is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read. I’m not 100% sure yet what I’m going to read but I’ll try to read something. I might end up reading The Catcher in the Rye, since my brother’s doing it for school and I said I’d read it to help him with his assignment. Or I’ll see if you guys are reading anything that interests me!

Also remember that just a few weeks later, it’s Mental Health Week. Why not join me and other readers in reading a book about mental health, many of which have also been banned at one time or another. You can find out more HERE

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OH THE PAIN

A school board meeting in Murphy, Oregon, turned heated Tuesday when a board member went head to head with parents about Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir Persepolis. According to the Medford Mail Tribune, the parents object to the availability of the […]

Banned Books Week is not supposed to be taken as an encouragement to ban books, people!

_Huxley __Orwell_

_What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.
_What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, .there would be no one who wanted to read one.
_ Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.
_ Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
_Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.
_ Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
_ Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.
_ Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

_In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

nonelikejesus replied to your post: OH THE PAIN

In the month of August I got 102 books and realized I was out of control so I put myself on a book buying ban until I read everything I already own. It’s only been a couple weeks and I’ve already caved a couple times…or 10 times to be exact haha

holy shit girl that’s wild. at least the ban is helping to reduce the insane amount of books you’ve bought because dang. and i’m not jelly at all, nope, not even a little bit

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