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Title: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 02, 2010, 10:29:31 AM
This week is National Book Banning week. The National Library Association of America sponsors this event. The point is to ban certain books from the public or just from schools. Some books that were challenged this year (but not banned) were books such as Harry Potter, Twilight, Vampire Academy, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc. . Someone not far from my city requested that all anime/manga books be put on the list, because the said books ''drove her child insane''. We've been studying this program in Lit class, and basically we've been mocking it, because it's so ridiculous. My teacher Mrs. Richmond taught us a few quotes this week, my favorite being:
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its shame- Oscar Wilde

A soldier in the war wrote an autobiography of what it was like in Iraq, and he got in published. 50,000 books were printed, and the government bought all 50,000 books, because they didn't want the public reading it. This is one of many examples.

 If a person wants to read a freaking book, they should be able to do it!! The only reason they have this event is because the first amendment doesn't say that you can read whatever you like, you only have free speech.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: James-chan on October 02, 2010, 12:51:54 PM
Wow that's just sad...
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 02, 2010, 02:30:23 PM
Yeah, really.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 02, 2010, 03:30:13 PM
....well, banning Twilight might actually do some good if you know what I mean

But Harry Potter! Are they on crack!

and To kill a mockingbird?......lol we do that book as a novel study in grade 10
here in BC, Canada :P
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 02, 2010, 10:31:28 PM
Yeah, that's a common book we read in high school, too.
I really don't care if they ban Twilight. I can see why they would want to ban Vampire Academy from schools, though. It's a bit mature, but really?
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Shay-la-wa on October 03, 2010, 12:18:38 AM
Ugh. Let us read whatever we want! Speaking of reading whatever we want, I finished Peeps last night!
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: PATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on October 03, 2010, 12:57:32 AM
good then
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Nina-Chan on October 03, 2010, 01:59:06 AM
....well, banning Twilight might actually do some good if you know what I mean


besides beinh a book version of the cult of Dyonisis i dont think it should be banned...
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 03, 2010, 04:56:17 AM
Ugh. Let us read whatever we want! Speaking of reading whatever we want, I finished Peeps last night!
Awesome! I finished Catching Fire last night.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Abbi4Raie-la on October 03, 2010, 06:56:24 AM
....well, banning Twilight might actually do some good if you know what I mean

But Harry Potter! Are they on crack!

and To kill a mockingbird?......lol we do that book as a novel study in grade 10
here in BC, Canada :P
here in nl, canada we also do it in grade 10
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kokonut_soda on October 03, 2010, 06:57:44 AM
I hate book banning - it's so ridiculous!  Even I would (grudgingly) admit that Twilight shouldn't be banned.  If your child is so easily "corrupted" by books like that and like Harry Potter, then there's no hope for them anyways.

Seriously, if you just read some of the complaints made by parents, it's clear that some of those parents have never even read the book they're complaining about.  For example, Orwell's 1984  was once challenged because they said it was "pro-communist."  Really?  Pro-communist?   >:(
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 03, 2010, 07:29:57 AM
 ::)
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: tridecagirl on October 03, 2010, 07:31:13 AM
Top four reasons books are banned, at least in the US:

Occult (  ::)  ) Because Harry Potter is a manual of witch craft and will let Satan into your soul...
Anti-Christian
Homosexuality
Sex

You see which side is generally doing the banning.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 03, 2010, 07:33:38 AM
Top four reasons books are banned, at least in the US:

Occult (  ::)  ) Because Harry Potter is a manual of witch craft and will let Satan into your soul...
Anti-Christian
Homosexuality
Sex

You see which side is generally doing the banning.
Race is another major category.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Eraisuithiel on October 03, 2010, 08:29:04 AM
I see the point of banning certain books from elementary schools for mature content, but this is a bit much. Harry Potter? Seriously? And manga driving someone insane? The kid was probably already crazy to begin with- the books had nothing to do with it.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kokonut_soda on October 03, 2010, 08:37:53 AM
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its shame- Oscar Wilde

That's a great quote, by the way.  Love it.
Top four reasons books are banned, at least in the US:

Occult (  ::)  ) Because Harry Potter is a manual of witch craft and will let Satan into your soul...
Anti-Christian
Homosexuality
Sex

You see which side is generally doing the banning.
Of course.  ::)
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: danni on October 03, 2010, 12:21:10 PM
Ugh. Let us read whatever we want! Speaking of reading whatever we want, I finished Peeps last night!
congrats!!! didn't you love it!? i was in biology and we were talking about parasites and thanks to scott i started rambling about the parasites in the book and yelling "parasite positives!" so thanks, scott...for making biology interesting! :D
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 03, 2010, 12:22:06 PM
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its shame- Oscar Wilde

That's a great quote, by the way.  Love it.

Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 03, 2010, 12:31:07 PM
lol ya!
Scott-la has made parasites interesting :P
and On my english exam last year
one of the pieces of writing we had to answer questions about
was from peeps :)
it was the chapter about Toxoplasma(the one about the rats wanting to befriend cats so they'll get eaten
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kokonut_soda on October 03, 2010, 12:48:38 PM
lol ya!
Scott-la has made parasites interesting :P
and On my english exam last year
one of the pieces of writing we had to answer questions about
was from peeps :)
it was the chapter about Toxoplasma(the one about the rats wanting to befriend cats so they'll get eaten

No way!  That's so cool!  Did your teacher make that test himself/herself?
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 03, 2010, 12:56:32 PM
she probaly made a fair bit of it.
the whole english department makes the final exams
and my teacher was ppretty much the head of the department(she retired last year :()
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 03, 2010, 03:30:32 PM
Yay! Cool teachers.
My english teacher always incorporates little Hunger Games things like ''May the odds be ever in your favor'' in our worksheets that she makes. I'm the only one who gets them, though. :D
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 04, 2010, 09:38:58 AM
LOL that is awesome!
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 04, 2010, 09:40:32 AM
Haha yeah. She, and my science teacher even have Mockingjay t-shirts. Kinda strange, but they're like my favorite teachers.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Sadie-la on October 04, 2010, 10:59:32 AM
....well, banning Twilight might actually do some good if you know what I mean

But Harry Potter! Are they on crack!

and To kill a mockingbird?......lol we do that book as a novel study in grade 10
here in BC, Canada :P
I KNOW! F***ING MORONS!!!!
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: kristina-la on October 04, 2010, 11:09:39 AM
Banning Harry Potter is just insane.
Over 400 million copies of that series have been sold.
many people would say that Harry Potter is the book series
that got them to start reading.
and they want to ban it?

There is nothing wrong with the books
sure they are about magic and that is something that parents(especially religious parents)
think their kids shouldn't be reading about that.
The thing is, they have to realize that it is fiction.
it isn't real. Just because the adults don't have
an imagination doesn't mean they should
suck all of it out of their kids.

Adults can be so frustrating sometimes.
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: MacK on October 27, 2010, 09:20:15 AM
on my quick opinion the only immoral thing's about book's is banning them. i see so many people these day's judge the book without even reading it it make's me sooo mad. beside's they can ban book's alll they want  (not that im ok with it) i can just borrow book's from my friends or Buy them but that thing about the gov on the first post that is really messed up. that man was looking for closure and that was waaay to unfair
     but i do think book's with unappropriate scene's should be taken away until high school. then we should have the freedom to read as we wish
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 27, 2010, 09:25:28 AM
Yes, but seeing as we've read Scott's books, that automatically makes us awesome. And, awesome people should have the liberty to read whatever they please. :D ;D
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: MacK on October 27, 2010, 09:33:08 AM
OMG i am sooo  >:( i got the mail and all vampire book's that have any romance have basicly been banned BUMMER
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 27, 2010, 09:35:18 AM
That's so bogus!
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: MacK on October 27, 2010, 09:38:20 AM
i know right hre are one's that can't be brought into school
House of Night
Vamp Acadamy
Vamp diries
Morgonville
because of the language and mature scene's
Title: Re: Book Banning Week!
Post by: Beth-la on October 27, 2010, 11:51:48 AM
We don't have any truly banned books at my school, thankfully.