Thursday, October 4, 2012

OctPoWriMo day 4--A Litany for Banned Books Week

A Litany for Banned Books Week

"There is more than one way to burn a book, and the world is full of people running around with matches"  Ray Bradbury

Huckleberry Finn because he uses the N word.

Anne Frank because she talks about her period, and argues with her mom, and the book
          is too depressing anyway.

The Wizard of Oz because there are good witches.

Tom Sawyer because he sets a bad example.

In the Night Kitchen because Mickey drops his drawers.

Bridge to Terabithia because there is magic

Bad language has cause the banning of:
        The Grapes of Wrath
         Of Mice and Men
          A Clockwork Orange  
          Catcher in the Rye
          The Great Gatsby
           Most everything Hemingway ever wrote.

Harry Potter because he attends a school for wizardry and witchcraft, and breaks rules, and might be
          too scary for the kids.

Someone burned the Lord of the Rings for being satanic (which would have astounded that
      good  Catholic Tolkien)

Some places have even tried to ban Fahrenheit 451 (irony is lost on the intolerant)

Heather Has Two Mommies because, well Heather has two mommies.
Tango makes Three because there are 2 penguin daddies.

To Kill a Mockingbird because....hell I don't know why anyone would ban To Kill a Mockingbird.

"Don't join the book burners. Don't  think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that
they ever existed.  Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book"
                                                                                Dwight Eisenhower


  1. "Irony is lost on the intolerant" Ha! I love that. It's true. Great post!

  2. This is a fantastic post - it's short and sweet and makes the point of how absurd banning books is so well!

    I can now also see why you are interested in my Banned Books Challenge! I'm really looking forward to seeing which books you read and your thoughts about them. Make sure to check back for updates on the challenge and don't forget you can link up any reviews you write for it here. Thanks again for joining :)

    1. Thank you Christine, so glad you liked it. I am actually reading Les Miserables at present, (which has only been getting banned since 1870) and will probably post something after I go see the film of the musical next week. I have been wanting to write more about books for awhile so this is a great opportunity. Thank you for providing the challenge.

    2. Great pick - Can't wait to read it!

      & you're welcome :)

  3. Wow, I'm fascinated to know that I've read a lot of the books on this list. I just think that's cool. Ha!

    1. Little did you know what a subversive you were, right?!