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27 September 2002 @ 01:06 pm
Even More Banned Books  
Wow. I always like getting the reminder about this year's (decade's) banned books. It constantly amazes me what childhood favorites (and teen, and adult) have managed to obtain the dubious honor of most challenged and banned.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
Forever, Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck
Sex, Madonna*
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
The Witches, Roald Dahl
Blubber, Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin, Lois Duncan
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Deenie, Judy Blume
A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Native Son, Richard Wright
Carrie, Stephen King
Tiger Eyes, Judy Blume
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell

Wellesley's Art and Music libraries both had a copy of Madonna Sex. I got to flip through a couple of times before we decided in Interlibrary Loan that we were just not going to lend that one out.

All told, I have 30 books on that list. Mostly because I read way too much Judy Blume growing up, and the lit I read in school. I think there are another four or five on that list, but I can't remember if I have read them.

And now the question, what happened to Clockwork Orange? I read that in high school and expected to see it here.
Feeling like: amusedamused
Listening to: Technicolored Dreamcoat
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Qarylla Windragarqarylla on September 27th, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
Well, I read Clockwork Orange, because I liked reading all of the "bad" things.

But with all of the hype that came out over the past year or so for Stanley Kubrik, I thought that Clockwork Orange would have gotten a bit of notice again. Especially since the movie has been banned so many times.

Clockwork Orange, Plague (which I read in high school for fun), and a number of other books certainly have questionable content for young adults (13 and younger), but banning them just makes people want to read them. Heck, I read all of the really bad romance novels because my mom told me not to.

So, maybe we should start some type of committee to ban books that we want people to read. Oh, wait, they are already doing that for us.