Regarding Challenged/Banned Books
So last night before wrestling started and I lost the husband to the madness of male soap operas
AHEM…he stumbled across the ALA’s list of most challenged books for 2015.
I busted a gut–
–listening to him read the various reasons for *why* these books have been challenged. Like, this was me:
A few SPECIFIC *reasons* struck me as oooooodd, so…let’s talk about those, shall we?!
First things first…
Inappropriate for Age Group
I’m sorry, let me repeat that: this book, an ADULT novel, written for ADULTS with consenting ADULTS as the main characters…is not age appropriate.
Like…I’m gonna be honest, as an abuse survivor I could never read this series myself –just reading ABOUT these books gives me serious panic attacks, I mean I literally hyperventilate–BUT. BUT.
–It’s an adult novel?!
–How is an ADULT novel “not age appropriate” ?!
–All adults are, apparently, now considered naive, precious cinnamon rolls. Adults are no longer allowed to make informed decisions about the books they, consentingly, pick up. Adults are no longer able to even with their reading. At all.
I just…can’t wrap my head around this. I mean yeah, the reasons went on to say that they’re “worried teenagers will want to try it”…..BUT C’MON, people!
Good gracious penguins.
Which brings us to…
Because honestly, this has been bothering me for a while. I have just one question:
How does anyone have the right to decide what is “appropriate” for…anyone?!…else?!?!?!
–Every reader is different.
–Most readers know what they are/are not comfortable with.
–The internet exists. Readers know how to use the google machine.
–They can always, y’know, choose NOT to read the problem book? Or, GASP! put a book down if it’s not working.
I mean, I guess I just figure most 3 year olds will NOT be starting their reading careers off with Stephen King. (Of course, there are exceptions. My husband, for instance, who WAS reading King at 3. No worries! He turned out fine! Uhm. Mostly.)
I mean…I dunno.
What do you think? Does it make sense for an adult novel to have an “age” restriction? Where do we draw the line with that, even?! How do we know when to stop censoring and start letting people make their own choices/mistakes? THIS LIFE IS YOURS TO DO WITH AS YOU WILL!…am I right?!
Any comments or things you’d like to add, guys? What reason for “challenging” a book is your favorite? Which one reaaaaally grinds your gears?
Let me know below! Until next time, happy book-ing!