Thanks to all y'all for your great response to yesterday's post on banned books. I did, however, make an error or, as those of of us who grew up Catholic would call it, a sin of omission by not including the link to the American Library Association's excellent Banned Books site. I wish all sins could be so easily corrected. There lots more books that have been challenged listed there -- some will astound and puzzle you -- others will raise your blood pressure. The Harry Potter series is a prime example. In addition to being an interesting and fun read, they got a lot of kids reading who may not have done so otherwise. I read them and liked them and so do my children and grandchildren. And the English teacher in my soul says that anything that catches a child's imagination and gets them reading is a good thing. It's fantasy and anyone who thinks most kids don't understand that is plain damned sick.
In a twisted way, I like the would-be book burners because if I see that a book is being banned, it sends me out to the bookstore to buy a copy. I have to find out what all the shouting is about. As a result, I met some outstanding authors who I otherwise may have missed and I'm guessing, from your responses here, that I'm not alone and in very good company! Thanks!!!!!
Happy Blogging and Happy Reading!!!!!!