I’ve decided to join a blog hop! My friend Trina over at An Old Flame is hosting a hop that’s all about books, and since I really enjoy chatting a) with adults (ohmygosh, I’m starved for adult conversation these days!) and b) about literature, I’m in! I think it’ll be fun–if you’re interested in joining, click here:
This week’s question:
We’re at the tail end of Banned Books Week. Is there ever a reason, in your opinion, to rightfully ban a book?
I have a hard time with the idea of banned books. Anytime I look at a list of books that have been banned from school libraries, I’m shocked at the books I love and consider great literature that are on the list. To Kill a Mockingbird? Alice in Wonderland? Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer? We’ve got problems, friends. Consider the silly kerfuffle in previous years over Harry Potter: it became apparent to me after reading articles and interviews that many of the parents and teachers screaming most loudly for its banning had never even read the books. It makes me sad and angry that we’re so willingly and willfully ignorant at times.
I will say that there are a few books on the banned lists that I would, personally, uncomfortable with reading. But the thing is, I don’t have to read them. My distress over the idea of banning stems at a deeper level–restricting access to information can become dangerous quickly, and I have always believed that the responsibility for boundaries and any necessary restrictions for my children and in my own life lies with me. The idea of relinquishing that kind of responsibility or power to schools or governments is unnecessary, and at the very worst, has the potential for great danger.
And so I will continue to support freedom of information. I will also continue to support discernment, and a love for great literature in my home. I only hope that my children will learn from me that there is so much joy to be found from learning from the best books.