Some books are usually banned to protect others, most likely children, from difficult ideas and information. According to the American Library Association the most common reasons parents banned books were because the material was considered to be “sexually explicit,” the material contained “offensive language,” or the materials were “unsuited to any age group.” In thinking about banned books, it is like saying the word “no” to reading. When saying the word no, it’s like taking a part of something out of someone’s life. In life we will figure out things sooner or later so why wait?
What I don’t get about banned books is that a group of parents who might not be yours are choosing what you read or don’t read. To be honest I don’t like to read a lot but if I couldn’t read the books that I actually liked then I probably wouldn’t read. The books that John Green write are the books that I actually enjoy, and many of his books are challenged or banned. I like books when the author puts characters into real life situations that could happen. I also like when they don’t sugar coat what’s happening.
The book November Blues by Sharon Draper is about the issue of teen pregnancy. The story also makes readers aware that actions always have consequences and that taking responsibility for those actions is very important. Yes, this book is about teen age pregnancy, but it also teaches you a lesson and makes you think about it and what the consequences are. By experiencing a challenging event through the eyes of a character, you will have a better understanding and be more aware in your life.
The book Drama, by Raina Telgemeier is banned for having a gay character. In life there aren’t people who can ban who others are. This book received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Media, Booklist, and School Library Journal. It also made “best of the year” lists in Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Lastly, it was nominated for a Harvey Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. So why ban this book based on one character? .
Surprisingly, banning books makes them more popular. Sometimes when people say no to something, all you want to do is that thing. Sherman Alexie actually said that he likes that his book is banned because it does make people want to go buy it more.
Banning books restricts our freedom. Everybody should be able to read what they want to read. It’s a choice. If there is a book you don’t want to read, then don’t. It’s not fair for one person to decide what is acceptable for everyone else to read.