Friday 30 September 2011

Banned Books


Yay! It's Friday again and that means - among other things - that it's time for Paper Hangover's Friday Fives. This week they want to know what your favourite banned books are. So here are some of mine.

Honestly, when I find out a book has been banned it makes me think that this book must be good. Most books are banned because they're controversial and challenge the status quo. Anything that challenges the way you think - regardless of whether it ultimately changes your mind - is a GOOD THING.

Nineteen Eighty Four is a fantastic book. It's one of those books that you read and realise you will never think of society in the same way ever again. Double plus good on the banned book scale.















It's no secret that I love Richelle Mead. Her books have been banned from many high schools, but Last Sacrifice has the distinction of being banned before it was written. Ok, it was part of a series, but that's still overkill in my opinion. 












The Great Gatsby is another classic. Great book.













Brave New World is another  book that changed my world view. It was banned in Ireland in 1932.












Orwell again, but then the man was a genius.




What are your favourite banned books?

15 comments:

  1. Good choices. I like the Great Gatsby.

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  2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of my top favorites. And Shel Silverstein's books. It blows my mind that they've been banned. I mean, why?? They're just silly children's poetry. Oh, and ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

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  3. Every Orwell I read, I enjoyed. It's a shame that parents want them banned.

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  4. I agree about the banning of Orwell--plus most of my high school students don't even get Animal Farm, anyway :) I read the first book in the Vampire Academy series and fell in love. I can't wait to get to Last Sacrifice.

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  5. It's hard to believe The Great Gatsby and Brave New World are on the list. I read both of those books when I was in high school. I didn't see anything wrong with them, and neither did my mother.

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  6. You are right, if I know a book is banned I'm likely to be more interested. These are great, and oh the irony of banning 1984, Animal Farm, and Brave New World. Banning books about governments that deny people their rights... think it through, people. :0)

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  7. Talking about YA books, Judy Blume said they never get banned until the kids start enjoying them. She has a good point :-)

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  8. I can't believe some of the things that are banned. I didn't realize a book had been banned before it was even published. that is just crazy! I would be more interested in a book if it was banned. I remember the furry over the Harry Potter books. I have friends who at first wanted them banned (before they actually read them of course). since I had read them, I told them what the books were about and now they love them. The irony is that one set of parents were not allowing their daughter to read Harry Potter (a children's book) but she was allowed to read Stephen King books (I have nothing against Stephen King's books. The irony is that they are adult horror books). It was very strange. Once I told her what the books were about, then she let her daughter read them.

    Heather

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  9. Can't go wrong with Orwell. :) Brave New World is one of my faves as well. It really changed the way I think about literature, much like Faulkner's Sound and the Fury.

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  10. Cannot believe Gatsby is on that list. Grrr.

    My choices were more contemporary, but I really like the classic feel to your list.

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. I had to read Animal Farm three years in a row in high school because each year the teacher wanted to highlight banned books. Oh God I HATE THAT BOOK! Not enough to keep others from reading it, but it's banned from my bookshelf. There are only so many ways an English teacher can kill a good book with analyzing it. But if I have to hear about the symbolization of the pigs and that horse...I'd purposely drop it into a pool.

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  12. It's always a shame when any book is banned...and yet sometimes I wonder if I'd want a hate-filled diatribe from a member of the KKK or whatever on my kids' school library shelves. Not that I have kids...

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  13. I think my fav is the Orwell books. In a way banned books just heighten people's desire to read them so it kinda defeats the purpose.

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  14. I haven't read Last Sacrifice (though I will now), but the other are some of my favorite books of all time. Particularly Brave New World and Animal Farm (gotta love a good dystopian novel).

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