As a kid, banned books always held a sort of forbidden fruit appeal for me. The controversy surrounding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn initially piqued my curiosity and prompted me to read. Sure, I probably would have read it anyway, but I mostly started reading to see for myself why it had been banned.
Today’s infographic displays the most “challenged” books of 2009 with parents’ corresponding concerns. According to the infographic, even in 2009 certain parents didn’t like how To Kill a Mockingbird handled racism. Even Twilight couldn’t dodge the censorship bullet, as parents felt it was both unsuited to its target age group and sexually explicit.
I can understand parents trying to protect their own children (if cutting them off from a world of literature can be called protecting… okay maybe I don’t understand). If they keep their children from To Kill a Mockingbird or The Color Purple, that’s their call. However, “challenging” or banning a book pushes that moral judgment onto a whole group of people who are entitled to make their own choices.
How many of the beleaguered books below have you read? [Via]