Friday, October 1, 2010

The Final Two installments of 'Banned Book Week! Read, Review, and Recommend your favorite banned book!'

As you know, it's Banned Book Week!  This is the week we celebrate the books that are wrongly banned from books, libraries, and schools!

Guess who missed their update yesterday?  I did!  Here are the final two banned book's I've chosen to highlight this week!!!

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is the most challenged book series of the decade.  And it gets that honor because it teaches children about the occult!  *insert laugh track here*  Seriously, I've tried turning a light on by saying 'lumos' and it doesn't work.  Repairing glasses by shouting 'occulus repairo' doesn't work either, folks.  If the challengers had even looked into what Wicca actually entails, they'd realize that practicing the 'harry potter' method of magic will really get you no where.

This, 'Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle, is the final book I'm showcasing this week.  Here's the reason why.  I have no idea, no inkling whatsoever, what a parent would find wrong with this title.  I haven't read it recently but remember this being a good fantasy/adventure tale about friendship and family.  Okay, I remember Gregory Smith, too, but that's another story all together.  I really don't recall anything that anyone could blow out of proportion (like the magic in Harry Potter or the religious themes in Chronicles of Narnia).  Do you know why it's one of the most challenged books of this past decade?  I don't, but honestly even if I did, it wouldn't make me recommend this title less to anyone looking for a good, classic read.

And this ends my Banned Book Week festivities. I hope you've enjoyed these past few posts and I really hope that you will continue to read, review, recommend and celebrate these titles year round.  :-)


danya said...

I have no idea why A Wrinkle in Time is banned either...I remember finding it a rather strange read, but I don't remember anything offensive in there!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I think that Wrinkle is on the list because the philosophy or religious views don't line up with many of those of super religious people. How dare a fiction book propose something that is different than what someone else believes. Ugh.

I read a Chris Crutcher book on book banning this week.