Friday, October 05, 2007
I read banned books... when I remember to
Every year I vow to celebrate Banned Books Week by reading some of the top challenged books of the past year. And every year I fail to notice BBW until it's over. So, let's see, is my current reading material worth banning?
Eliot's Middlemarch. Contains such delicate and oblique references to sexuality that I didn't even notice them until I read the preface and then reread those passages. Can a book be banned for being entirely too long and for having a plot that fails to move forward one little bit for fifty pages at a time? Probably not. Next?
Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure. More blood and gore than you can shake a stick at. But how could you ban a book for being a realistic portrayal of a war that actually happened? Next?
Dawkins' The God Delusion. Hahaha, I'm quite sure a few people have challenged this one and all its atheistic brethren. They certainly take shots at it by publishing rebuttals; according to Amazon, attempting to refute Dawkins is a cottage industry in itself.
The most challenged book of the last year? And Tango Makes Three, the illustrated true story of two male penguins given a baby penguin to raise. Loving, caring homosexual penguins! It's an affront to family values and god's plan! Nature should be ashamed of itself!