Well, well

I guess, we all already heard that there’s a list with banned and challenged books. I went ahead and found the 100 most challenged here. It’s fascinating.

What I’ve read:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine [Ok, I admit only one of those and only half of it]
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [even twice because I forgot once that I actually had read it and noticed only halfway through and then I just finished it the second time]
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Carrie by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

What I own but haven’t read yet:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

What I wanted to read for ages:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

What I want to read, simply because it’s on the list:

Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers 
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Fade by Robert Cormier
Native Son by Richard Wright
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Judy Blume is on this list like five times. I need to get her entire work, I think…

Special WTF mention:

Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford

What strikes me most, though, is that it appears that there are mostly female writers on this list or books dealing with female sexuality. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but I am anyway.
Then, of course there are the books dealing with sex in general and homosexuality in particular but also some which deal with death… I think, you should ban books on death for children as soon as nobody surrounding the child or the kid him-/herself could die. Then it’s ok.

4 thoughts on “Well, well

  1. From this list, I’ve read:
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (I found it boooooooring…but I was 6 at the time…)
    Harry Potter (Series) – J.K. Rowling
    The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (I *hate* Holden Caulfield… proto-emo that he is.)
    Goosebumps (Series) – R.L. Stine (one of them…not a big fan)
    The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
    The Witches – Roald Dahl
    The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (I’d ban that for being really, really, painfully dull)
    Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
    Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
    The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende (ok…I started it, got bored and gave up about 80 pages in…but it’s still sitting on the shelf reproachfully)
    Lord of the Flies – William Golding (gave me nightmares when I was 12)
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain (see “Huckleberry Finn”)

    I want to read Vonnegut sometime…and Toni Morrison…

    And, although it’s not on the list, my new favourite “Challenged Book” has got to be “King and King” – a children’s book about a prince, who’s mother is trying to get him to marry, and he rejects all the princesses she introduces to him…until one princess comes in the company of her brother… I love it. I want it. It has a kissing scene!!!

  2. I just looked up Judy Blume on Wikipedia…
    “…among the first to tackle such controversial subjects as racism (Iggie’s House), menstruation (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret), divorce (It’s Not the End of the World), bullying (Blubber), masturbation (Deenie; Then Again, Maybe I Won’t) and teenage sexuality (Forever).”

    …now excuse me as I retreat to contemplate the *controversial subject* of menstruation (and to try and stop laughing)

  3. I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen the word “controversial” – I may have gone with “the topic raises a lot of questions” (such as: I have my period – is that ok? I don’t have my period – is that ok? Have I hit puberty yet? Am I pregnant? Am I a boy?).

    Sadly, the topic actually is controversial. Original Sin and all…

    btw. King and King sounds really cute.

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