Yesterday marked the start of 2013's Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. You can read more about it here. In the past, I haven't really taken part in it, but this year I teamed up with Tatum and we read a bunch of previously banned or challenged books. Some I enjoyed, some I really didn't, but when it came down to it, I wouldn't have been able to read even the bad books without this freedom to read.
Perhaps one of the most famous example of banned books for the younger generation is Harry Potter. I'm sure you've all heard by now that some people challenged this one because they believe it to promote Satanism. It's such a horrible influence on their children, you see. All that magic and that horrible man... forget everything JKR says about love and family. It's not of import.
It has also been said that To Kill a Mockingbird is immoral. Now, I don't get this at all. I read TKAM for Banned Books Week, and everything about it is flawless. It teaches you kindness, respect, morality... so much. Immoral is completely the opposite of what it is.
And finally, to leave you with some quotes from famous authors on censorship:
"I feel badly for the children because it sends a message to them that there is something wrong with reading, that we don't want them to read this book because there's something in it that we don't want them to know." - Judy Blume
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame." - Oscar Wilde
Sit back, enjoy, and keep on reading whatever the hell you want!