Good Morning! I hope your Monday is going as well as a Monday can be. I have nothing against Mondays but I know many people do.
It’s a short blog post focused on a few banned books / controversial books. What are some that you have read or have attempted to read? Was it as controversial or as ban worthy or just.. a lot for nothing?
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
As close as I’ve got to this story a movie version of it when I was a child. I’ve never been drawn to the story. But apparently it was controversial since it was published.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
It’s a story written about a woman who commits adultery. I read it in my high school AP class. The best part of the book that I remember is my classmates pretending like they read the book. Our AP lit teacher struggled to engage and bring out a conversation / whatever we were doing in any valuable way.
It didn’t help no one really read the book. Plus the way it shows the adultery is.. quite different from how/ what is read in books today.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Drugs and free love and just… so freaking weird. I read it after my sister’s class in high school started reading it .. Then had it removed from the curriculum because parents had issues with it. This was 2013 school year not something in the long distance.
I didn’t enjoy it. It was just too weird for me. As much as I like weird this…just didn’t do it.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A book where censorship is accepted / common .. is censored. This was read in one of my ELA classes in high school. It gave me nightmares.
The most surprising one that I found on a list:
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
WHAT. That is something that’s been censored? Maybe it’s been so long since I was a child that .. that doesn’t feel like a book that should even.. be ever thought to be censored.