Hello all! Happy Sunday (gosh I just love Sundays!) Anyhoo- I always find Sundays make the perfect day for chilling out and doing a tag. And because I am evidently not done with this topic yet- I thought it would be the perfect time to do the Freedom To Read Tag! Thank you so much to Roseread who not only runs a brilliant blog, but is also a total mind reader in that she knew I wanted to talk about this before I’d even posted anything!!
As a child, were you ever explicitly not allowed to read a book(s) by your parents/guardian and which book(s) was it?
Unfortunately yes- there was more than one. For a lot of different reasons. One author I wasn’t allowed to read because of his views. One book, East of Eden, was physically taken off me because apparently I was too young for it (I didn’t agree!). I got my own back by reading all the books I wasn’t allowed to in secret!
Has a parent/guardian ever challenged a book you were reading in school? Did the book get withdrawn?
Not that I can recall. I don’t think anyone paid enough attention to what I was reading at school apart from me!
Do you agree with the practice of banning books? Why or why not?
Not at all- not even slightly- not even when they are the most controversial books on the planet! I’ve elaborated on this a little in my last post, but for the sake of clarity, I believe that censoring “bad” books only gives legitimacy to “bad” ideas. If the ideas are wrong, it is cowardly to ban them rather than confront the ideas. And if those ideas transpire to be correct- how much worse is that to have the truth censored?! The freedom to read and share ideas is the basis of a free society.
Have you ever read a book that shocked you enough that you thought it should be challenged/banned?
No! I’ve read plenty of shocking books- some I liked, others I didn’t. But personal feelings aside, I could never see a reason to ban them.
Should libraries/schools monitor their books in case some people find them offensive?
Absolutely not. I agree with Rosereads- “monitor” is not the best word- cos isn’t that a librarian’s job? But I also take issue with the term “offensive”. What are we to deem offensive? Who is to decide these parameters? What is not offensive to some people might be offensive to others and vice versa. It is such a subjective thing- and we can all think of a time when something we are or do or think is offensive to someone else. It is all very well to call for censorship, but what happens when *you* are the one being censored?
Have any of your favourite books been challenged/banned?
I’m sure they have- even in one of my school libraries Noughts and Crosses was banned for sexual content.
Have you ever read a book specifically because it was challenged/banned?
Yes- see above- I read Noughts and Crosses in spite of it being banned- and it’s one of my favourite books. And books like Lolita, which was banned in the UK and US at one point, are always finding their way onto University syllabuses. Which just proves that if you want a book to gain notoriety and a wider readership than it would have otherwise had, then you should just go ahead and ban it.
Alrighty then- let’s share the love for banned books!
And you!! Because even if I haven’t tagged you directly- this is such an important tag to do!!