A Conversation for Books
bludragon, aka the Dragon Queen of Damogran Started conversation Nov 4, 1999
Why DO they ban books? Who does it? What do they ban?
Find out about why people ban books, some of the things that have been banned, and stuff about intellectual freedom [in print AND on the internet] go to http://www.h2g2.com/A199109.
The article is sorta long, and [mostly] serious. But it is an interesting kinda thing. Especially since most of my favorite authors have been banned.
The winner? Seems to me that Kurt Vonnegut wins currently, with John Steinbeck coming in a close second.
Comments, controversy and debate welcome!
FREE THE BOOKS!
FREE HARRY POTTER!
Vonce Posted May 16, 2000
If a book is banned, it means that, in all probability, it forces the reader to think, and probably about something that the reader has neither the capacity to understand, or the desire to read. They probably also find the book offensive due to some deeply held and ultimately false belief forced into them during childhood and formal education.
christy Posted Aug 22, 2003
wow, it's been years since your conversation, but i have a thought to put out there in case anybody comes along in two years to respond...
i live in ohio and went to a pretty liberal school where my teachers focused on banned books because, lets face it, there are some damn good once-banned books out there(it's hard to believe that one of my favorite books: to kill a mockingbird, was once banned). book stores here try to sell some of everything, even hitler's mein kampf. i have a friend from newbury, england who was on exchange here this past academic year and spent the summer with my family. he saw hitler's book in the store and was astonished at the fact that it was there at all. i thought "it's wonderful how liberal america is and i wonder what else they ban in the uk." then he said that it wasn't that it was banned, it was just offensive to have it in a bookstore whilst people could still remember. that leads me to believe that america is a pretty offensive place indeed and we really don't pay much heed to the "outside" world. and the bush administration is out there to prove me right!
CHeEky CHeRub Posted Aug 31, 2003
Oh my god!
I have just read the list of books that have been banned and was shocked to see some of my favourites on there 'Of and Men', 'The Shining', which makes me realise how privilaged I am that I am now able to read these stories.
It makes me think that the people who actualy ban the books are quite pathetic, and frustrates me to realise that, even in the fantasy life of bookworld, we are told what we can and can't read.
Isn't it bad enough that the "gestapo approach", constantly badgers us in everyday life. They are when we turn on the tv. to watch a sitcom, or when read magazines telling us "the perfect look" or things we witness on a daytrip, or going to work?
Weren't we brought up to make decisions on our own judgement?
Shouldn't we be allowed to decide whether we want to read a particular book or not? be it good or bad?
The books should be on the shelf for our perusal not locked in a dusty warehouse away from & sticky fingers.
Anyway enough from me.
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