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Fantasy author Tamora Pierce posted a discussion on book-banning to her LJ. I know I've got a lot of bookphiles on my FL so I thought it was relevant. To be honest, I can't believe people are still trying to do things like this.

This is a list of the books most commonly requested for banning:

1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

3. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

4. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

5. Blubber by Judy Blume

6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

8. Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

9. Carrie by Stephen King

10. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

11. Christine by Stephen King

12. Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

13. Cujo by Stephen King

14. Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen

15. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

16. Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck

17. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

18. Decameron by Boccaccio

19. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

20. Fallen Angels by Walter Myers

21. Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland

22. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

23. Forever by Judy Blume

24. Grendel by John Champlin Gardner

25. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam

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

27. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

28. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

29. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

30. Have to Go by Robert Munsch

31. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

32. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

33. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

34. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

35. Impressions edited by Jack Booth

36. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

37. It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein

38. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

39. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

40. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

41. Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

42. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

43. Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein

44. Lysistrata by Aristophanes

45. More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

46. My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

47. My House by Nikki Giovanni

48. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

49. Night Chills by Dean Koontz

50. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

51. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

52. One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

53. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

54. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

55. Ordinary People by Judith Guest

56. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective

57. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

58. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

59. Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

60. Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

61. Separate Peace by John Knowles

62. Silas Marner by George Eliot

63. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

64. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

65. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

66. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

67. The Bastard by John Jakes

68. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

69. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

70. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

71. The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

72. The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs

73. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

74. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

75. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

76. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder

77. The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks

78. The Living Bible by William C. Bower

79. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

80. The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman

81. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

82. The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders

83. The Shining by Stephen King

84. The Witches by Roald Dahl

85. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder

86. Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume

87. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

88. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

89. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster

90. Editorial Staff

91. Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween

92. Symbols by Edna Barth

Thanks Tammy. Back to good ol' Ailurophile now. All I can say is: "To Kill A Mockingbird"?? *cry* WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY? I'd laugh hysterically... if I thought it was a joke. There are books here of beauty and wisdom. Catcher in the Rye. Lord of the Flies. Huckleberry Finn - a book which carried a message of tolerance; I can see how that'd be offensive to a book-banner, yeah! Brave New World. Of Mice and Men. Bridge to Terabithia - have you READ that book? It's heartbreaking, beautiful; it's the story of a little boy who uses the fantasy world he created with a little girl to survive after her death, to move on... what is offensive in that?? All of these books have meaning, all of them have made a marked difference to our world.

When it comes to the second type of book in here - the Stephen Kings, the Harry Potters, the collection of silly kids rhymes by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) - these books are clear FANTASIES! And as far as the violence in some of the King books is concerned, if that in fact is the issue with them... I've read worse in the Bible.

Also, I find some of the choices distinctly... odd. They targeted playwright Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", but not "The Crucible"? Then again, few things on this list really make sense.
They tried to ban Chaucer. THEY TRIED TO BAN "LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD".

The original discussion over at tammypierce's livejournal began regarding an incident in which Sarah Palin made enquiries about how one goes about getting books banned. Which books she had in mind were not stated, but I'd love to know...
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 9th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok good I was wondering cuz I know Huck Finn has been gunned for more than once.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 9th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Blubber was my favorite book as a child. I read it in third grade.


Honestly my vote is still up in the air. I wish there was a way to mix the two parties. I'm neutral about both of them but stuff like this just makes me hang my head in disbelief.

I never understood why any country would want to /ban books/?

And I love looking at and analyzing the sexual overtones of Little Red Riding Hood but your average third grader just sees it as a fairytale. Why does it matter? Are we talking school libraries or are we talking libraries everywhere? Cuz that's just...awful.
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Life has sexual overtones and those are going to come through in just about any story written with honesty. When it comes to something like the Grimm fairytales, kids tend to read them at a kid level; adults analyze. Of interesting note is my own experience in that regard: the first novels I read were the Chronicles of Narnia, starting at age five. I completely missed the Christian overtones on that reading and all subsequent re-readings until the age of twelve.

I was a pretty up-front, face-value sort of kid though. Subtlety? Wasted on me. ;)
spotweld From: spotweld Date: September 9th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
As has already been pointed out, the list is not associated with Palin. (See info here)
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Corrected! And I'm rather relieved, although curious as to what she had in mind when she asked about book-banning policy. If it was a rhetorical question, it seems a strange one.
cesarin From: cesarin Date: September 9th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
lol, many of these books have been claimed as "book of infidels" or have had similar attacks from the church. I wouldnt be surprised if palin goes further than burning books when she takes office a la Nazi-esque way.

hamatokameko From: hamatokameko Date: September 9th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
...What'd Judy Blume ever do to her?

How to Eat Fried Worms, I read that in grade school, and loved it (it was horribly gross!). I can't remember anything even remotely controversial in it, other than the fact that a bunch of kids were doing what kids tend to do--such as eating *ick* worms.

And what's wrong with Blubb--Oooooooooh, it takes place during the Halloween season. And--OH NO--"Then Again, Maybe I Won't" has a thirteen-year-old boy grappling with his newfound interest in (ZOMG cover your eyes) sex.

I like how so many of these:

A) are about sexuality, especially in a way that can teach children and teenagers (EVERYONE knows ABSTINENCE-ONLY works! Just look at Bristol Palin!!)

B) Are about African Americans struggling for equality.

thelauderdale From: thelauderdale Date: September 9th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thing is, I can look over that list and think of why each of them was probably banned, sometimes multiple reasons.

Doesn't make it any less WRONG. Books are there so that people have the option of reading them or not as they choose, not so they can take the option away from others.
From: dawnstar_au Date: September 9th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh yes. Ban the books. That's worked so well in the past in preventing people from reading them anyway.
peterchayward From: peterchayward Date: September 9th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

The movie is actually really good too.

have you READ that book? It's heartbreaking, beautiful; it's the story of a little boy who uses the fantasy world he created with a little girl to survive after her death,

Spoilers much? :P
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The movie is actually really good too.

I've always felt that once something's been available to the public for more than ten years, it's pretty fair game. OMGZ, ROMEO AND JULIET DIE AT THE END. SPOILERZ!!1!11 ;)
From: pariahsdream Date: September 9th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I've read more of these than I expected. Some of them were required by my lit classes. But seriously, some of these choices are mindboggling (th dictionary? C'MON!) Also, what is up with James and the Giant Peach? I honestly can't think of what is 'bannable' about that.
leelakin From: leelakin Date: September 9th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha, so basically they're trying to ban all books. Or at least the good ones.
earthminor From: earthminor Date: September 9th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to know where the list itself comes from. Snopes seems to debunk it coming from Palin.

On a quick look http://www.forbiddenlibrary.com/ doesn't list the dictionary as one asked to be banned.

What is interesting is that the Forbidden Library website points out that the Bible in common languages was banned in the 1500s and that people died over it.

Which is partly why I'm anti-censorship. If you want the right to put your views across than you must allow everyone else the same right.

Edited at 2008-09-09 02:34 am (UTC)
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The list didn't come from Palin - she just made general enquiries about how one goes about banning books, as I said in the original entry. :) The list itself is just a compiled list of books that have been banned or oft-suggested for banning.
cateagle From: cateagle Date: September 9th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Regarding Sarah Palin and book banning, the rumor is discussed, along with a whole bunch of other rumors, here: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/separating-palin-fact-from-palin-fiction/2/

This same site has a separate and similar entry debunking various rumors about Sen. Obama, so I reckon it can be classed as non-partisan.
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, the list doesn't come from Palin, it's just a generic list of books that have been banned (or that people have attempted to ban) over the years. Palin made enquiries about banning books from her local library when she was mayor; which books she had in mind is not on record, but even the debunking site confirms that the enquiry was made.
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: September 9th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Most of the libraries around here actually celebrate "Banned Books Week," when they publically and proudly display tables full of challenged and banned books. It's quite awesome. :D
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
That IS awesome - the list above is what I'd consider an exceptionally good reading list! :)
martes From: martes Date: September 9th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Read 17 of them.

No real surprizes there, although anyone who can make it through The Decameron probably is smart enough not to be evilly influenced by it.

Ditto with a Clockwork Orange. Most kids (or adults, for that matter) won't be able to make it past the Nasdat dialogue. If someone is smart enough to read it, then it shouldn't matter wether they do or not.
tania From: tania Date: September 9th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
25 for me. Joe's a big Clockwork Orange fan; he doesn't like the movie because of how much it compressed the source material. That one's actually among the ones I haven't read yet... I'll say this, aside from being a list of oft-banned books, it's also a damn good reading list. *grin*
regalis From: regalis Date: September 9th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
on a slight tangent, you read Tammy's blog? God, it's a small world.
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