Did you know that this is Banned Book Week? According to one report, at least 46 books on this list of 100 of the top books in the 20th century have been the targets of ban attempts. And here’s an infographic of the ten most challenged books in 2011.
When one hears about books being banned or challenged, I’m sure that most of us get ready to jump into the fray and start yelling about censorship. I know I do. But as we’ve seen before, there are some books that should never see the light of day. And, as I learned last year, it’s important to get all of the facts before condemning a book or a situation.
So I looked at both of the lists above to see what could be so damn scary for some people. And I’ll admit that there are a few books here and there that give me pause and which I don’t want my daughters reading quite yet. For example, Lolita by Nabokov is totally off the table for now. But that’s my decision to make as a parent, not someone else who doesn’t know me or my family. I have actually read the book and don’t think that it’s appropriate for a 12 or 14 year old. Someone else, however, might decide that it’s acceptable for their children and that’s their prerogative.
But what do you think? What do you think about challenging or banning books, including some that are literary classics?