Umm what about these books?

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Umm what about these books?

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1AilurophileDJ
marraskuu 22, 2009, 3:01am

I stumbled upon this group and I personally always love learning about banned books and why it's banned, although I haven't read most of them. I'm a slow reader!

Anyways - I do have a couple questions though -

Why wasn't any of Harry Potter series listed? I know for a fact that it has been banned at so many schools and libraries, including churches. Is it because there's no "direct source"?

I *think* Twilight saga has been banned in several schools because of vampirism (is that even a word?!).

How about books that has been pulled off the market, but some people still have it, yet banned from libraries. I'm not sure if this really counts as a banned book. Such as "A Million Little Pieces" set as a memoir (if it's the newer version, that's different. For example, I have the original book stated as a memoir, yet you won't find it anywhere else), another book comes in mind is How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got A Life: A Novel, as it has been labeled plagiarized, therefore, banned at libraries, schools, etc.

I'm looking over the list, and I'm so sure that there's a LOT more than what I see, and many banned books that I remember are children's book because for heaven forbid that we're going to dirty the minds of precious innocent children with reading!

2PhoenixTerran
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 6, 2010, 1:39pm

Hi there, and sorry I missed seeing this post until now! Hopefully I can answer a few of your questions.

The Harry Potter series should definitely be included, and we do have a direct source. The series actually topped the list of most challenged books compiled by the American Library Association for 2000-2005 (http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/Con...). Most likely the reason it hasn't made it into the BannedBooksLibrary account is that the person who was working on the ALA lists isn't currently active in the project. (To be fair, most of us haven't been very active recently.)

We do try to have reliable source of information before entering a book into the BannedBooksLibrary account, preferably one that we can link to online. So, if you have any sources for some of the other books that you've mentioned, the Twilight books and so on, please send them our way.

As you mentioned, there are a LOT more books that have been banned or challenged worldwide that haven't yet been added to the catalog. It's certainly an ongoing process/project that unfortunately hasn't seen much activity in the last few months.

Thanks for your interest, and I hope I've been able to answer some of your questions.