Let’s Make Every Week Banned Books Week! by da-AL

Persepolis is discussed by a UK teen on youtube video about Banned Book Week.

Does the threat of a book being banned ensure that it’s among the finest books written? Check out the fantastic examples cited by the smart folks in this 29-second video (and pat yourself on the back if you smile when “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is discussed — *see end of this post for why)…

Banned Book Week needs to be every week of the year! Started in the U.S., the now international event has been honored every last week of September since 1982.

* Whereas the girl in the video remembers the story as happening in South America during the 1920s, here’s how Wikipedia tells it: “The story takes place during three years (1933–35) of the Great Depression in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama, the seat of Maycomb County.”

How many potentially banned books have you read?

19 thoughts on “Let’s Make Every Week Banned Books Week! by da-AL

  1. I’ve read most of the books on the American Library Association list of classics that have been banned, and found all of them profoundly moving and brilliantly written. These books have been banned or challenged by people all over the world for often ridiculous reasons, mostly to do with personal prejudice or incorrect information.

    Forbidding information does not promote freedom nor squelch intellectual curiosity..

    Note: the ALA does not support banning books but does show titles that have been banned.

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  2. I believe Black Beauty was banned years ago in South Africa and I think Enid Blyton was also banned somewhere at one time. Of course I’ve read these and many others.
    I hope that we are all becoming more open to ‘different’ ideas.
    I didn’t know about banned book week, but I agree with you – It should be celebrated Every week. 🙂

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  3. I believe that all an attempt to ban certain books illustrates is the closed mindedness of those trying to get the books banned, for whatever reason… 🙂 if a book, or someone writings, interest me, I will read or research irregardless of what others may believe… 🙂

    “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” Gerry Spence

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  4. I read To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the best books I’ve ever read, actually! But “banned”? I had to read it for English literature in high school.

    Then again, living in the Netherlands I reckon not a lot of books are banned here, lol!

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  5. I’m in Canada and I don’t think we have any books here that are ‘banned’ at this point in time. We are dissuaded from teaching a couple of things to students until they reach a certain age, but there’s no official ban on anything as far as I know:-)

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