Thursday, September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week - Day 5

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Children's books are subjective in how the reader views them.  A reader brings their life experience to the endeavor and children don't have that much to bring.  On the other hand, books for adults can be about anything and everything ... they've lived longer, know more and can imagine beyond what they know.  Also, adults can decide for themselves if a book offends them or not, and can walk away if need be.

Apparently not to challengers.  This year four of the top ten challenged books were for adults and I find that mind twisting.

The books are:

"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
"The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

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