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Old 09-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation Tell Us Your Favorite Banned Book - It's National Banned Books Week

It's The American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read. September 25−October 2, 2010.

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocac...week/index.cfm


According to the ALA, they've tabulated statistics on banned books for only the last two decades.

The Top-10 from 1990 to 1999 (Feel free to check the Full List.)

1 Scary Stories (Series), by Alvin Schwartz
2 Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
4 The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
6 Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
7 Forever, by Judy Blume
8 Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
9 Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
10 The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

The Top 10 for 2000-2009 (And the full list again)

1 Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2 Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3 The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4 And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5 Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7 Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8 His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9 TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Also worth check out is the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century, which includes 46 banned books, with all of the top-9 listed as challenged.

The ALA also tabulates statistics ranging from yearly challenges to most cited reasons for a ban. (Interestingly, the 2nd most common reason is "Unsuited to Age Group.")

Finally, Wikipedia also maintains their own list, though it has two major accuracy warnings plastered to the top of the page (I only cite it because I figure it's inevitable anyway).

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Old 09-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Apparently I do not read enough banned books!

I think A Clockwork Orange, tops my list, which I consider one of the great works of Christian-themed literature from the 20th Century.

Harry Potter holding the Number 1 spot (which Rowling has stated she is proud of), is another great Christian-themed work, with The Deathly Hallows being the second-best fantasy novel I've ever read. I actually started the series because my church showed a video condemning various pop-culture works as "evil" or "against God." Not only was Harry Potter included, but it was the whole reason the video had been made in the first place! (I highly doubt the authors of the video had even seen the TV shows and movies or read any of the books they so righteously condemned.) Because I believe the Christ of "come and see" wants us to make decisions for ourselves, I decided to do just that with Rowling's series, and am I ever glad I did!

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how do you figure that the Harry Potter series is Christian themed?
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how do you figure that the Harry Potter series is Christian themed?
Harry Potter= good vs. evil. Take an "o" from "good" and you have God. Add a "d" to "evil" and you have Devil. Wah lah!
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Harry Potter= good vs. evil. Take an "o" from "good" and you have God. Add a "d" to "evil" and you have Devil. Wah lah!
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how do you figure that the Harry Potter series is Christian themed?
Well it's a little more subtle than ardeegee makes it out to be... to Rowling's credit.

It has to do largely with the final book, and the last few chapters. I am somewhat hesitant to give away too much because it revolves around some of Harry's final actions, and the results of those actions. He is his mother's son. (Maybe another thread so no accidental spoilers? And I don't want to go too far afield this early in this thread.)

I've heard that Rowling said she didn't want to give away her religious beliefs because that would make the book too obvious. Probably would have spoiled all the fun of it being banned, too!

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Well it's a little more subtle than ardeegee makes it out to be... to Rowling's credit.

It has to do largely with the final book, and the last few chapters. I am somewhat hesitant to give away too much because it revolves around some of Harry's final actions, and the results of those actions. He is his mother's son. (Maybe another thread so no accidental spoilers? And I don't want to go too far afield this early in this thread.)

I've heard that Rowling said she didn't want to give away her religious beliefs because that would make the book too obvious. Probably would have spoiled all the fun of it being banned, too!

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I read it. I didn't find it any particualr religion. humanist at most
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I read it. I didn't find it any particualr religion. humanist at most
So is it your favorite banned book?

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I love "Of Mice and Men!"

Isn't Grapes of Wrath usually banned many places as well primarily for it's closing scene?
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No contest. A Wrinkle in Time is my favourite of the lot listed by ALA.

Interesting that aside from the obvious sex books, most of them seem to be children's/YA titles. I suppose that would account for the prevalence of "unsuited for age group", considering that most of the complaints seem to have come from "Parent".

I do wonder what exactly was the "rationale" for the banning of Where's Waldo?, though. Because there's nothing in those stats tables that would not make me point and laugh so hard at the complainant.
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I'm just wondering how many days until this one hits the net.

(Those who do not learn from the Streisand Effect are doomed to repeat it.)
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Already there I bet.
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I do wonder what exactly was the "rationale" for the banning of Where's Waldo?
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