Once again I’ve read something on Wikipedia that makes me scratch my head and ask “Why, god, why?”.
This time it’s about the most commonly challenged books in the US.
Allow me to cite some examples of books that really stood out as being very unneeding of any censorship at all.
I mean, mind the few romantic parts, this book isn’t all that bad, and you can really teach a kid a lot about life and government with it. (Provided the kid is willing to learn or even read the book in the first place)
-Flowers For Algernon
This confuses me to no end. According to the page for the book itself, it’s challenged due to the way Charlie is treated while he’s still Mentally Retarded and about his confusion with sexuality after his increase in intelligence. I fail to see how that constitutes any sort of challenge or ban. All in all, I came away from this book with a feeling of really having learned something about life, and I’m sure plenty of other people have, as well.
-Bridge to Terabithia
Newsflash: Death is real. It happens. And not everyone cares if you use the word “lord” outside of prayer, because not everyone believes in “lord”.
-The Goosebumps Series
This is another lolwut. Fricking brainwashed religious nuts believe that this book teaches devil-worshipping or some crap. I don’t know, but it’s ridiculous.
-A Wrinkle in Time
This book was amazingly creative and this is another example of religious nuts not wanting their beliefs challenged in any way. (Though this book DOES reference The Bible and Jesus several times, it is in a generally positive way).
-My Brother Sam is Dead
This book actually can teach you alot about the decisions you make. If anything, this book is probably being challenged for telling kids the raw truth about growing up.
-A Seperate Peace
I might be a bit biased on this, since this is one of my favorite books, but I honestly see nothing wrong with this book. Morally, it’s a bit in the grey area, but it’s another book that you can learn about yourself and others from.
-To Kill a Mockingbird
WHY?! The only reason I can honestly think of is that some people don’t want their children learning about how things used to be for blacks in the post-civil war era. Learning about tolerance from the characters in this book is something every High School kid should experience.
I’m not even gonna say anything.
Another “there is nothing wrong with this book” book.
Except for the fact that it’s about magic, I see nothing wrong. It’s actually a REALLY good book.
-The Catcher in the Rye
Dirty Language. Is it really that bad? If you’re immature and stupid, sure it is. But if you are a young adult that can handle things like that without being gay about it, it isn’t in the slightest. Get over it. This book is phenomenal.
Other books I don’t feel like going into about but I still see as not needing challenged:
-Captain Underpants (DOH-HO, IT’S DIRTY FILTHY SMUT)
-Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
-The Great Gatsby
-How to Eat Fried Worms
-A Day No Pigs Would Die
-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou’s words are beautiful)
-Any other Roald Dahl book (I mean, WTF?)
-Lord of the Flies
-Anything I missed
tl;dr version: No, screw you… I wrote all this, read it.