I’ve been ruminating about this post for quite awhile: what exactly should I say to explain why I think banning books is so ridiculous – and in the end completely futile?
Could it be because if you’re worried about your kid turning to Satanism or witchcraft just by picking up a Harry Potter book you need to worry a lot more about your parenting skills (or lack of them) and the gullibility of your child than a few hundred pages discussing nothing if not love, bravery and loyalty?
Could it be because people are constantly underestimating the intelligence of children and teenagers?
Yes. My opinion is that it includes all those things…and a lot more.
But I found an article that says it a lot better than I do. Go check out this article on Harry Potter and Satanism originally published in The Onion in 2000. It is hilarious – ridiculous and insane. Obviously the things discussed in the article have never happened – so why are so many people worried that they will?
Other great things to check out are author Melissa De La Cruz’s blog post about censorship, April at Good Books and Good Wine’s vlog about banned books that she enjoys, Pam at Bookalicio.us’s Censorship Week blog posts, and author Ellen Hopkin’s blog for her recent experiences and views on censorship.
If you’re interested in learning more about banned books, or celebrating them during the month of September, go check out this blog post from Donna at Bites!