Banned Books Week! 9/29 - 10/6!

Did you guys even know this existed? Are you doing anything for it?

Quite nerdy of me, I know, but my store has a neat display going on right now and I wanted to share. And it's good to spread the word about events like these, I think! :D

So my friend Seth and I decided to go with Alcatraz... but with books. I think it turned out fairly well considering we tried to use materials we had lying around the store. The whole thing cost less than $20.

We wanted to have "Where's Waldo?" escaping on the raft but the book is much too big, so I thought LotF was fitting. :)

Oh, and for more information about banned and challenged books, visit these sites!
deletecensorship.org - Half Price Books website
ALA website - lots of nice lists and explanations!

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I was browsing through the banned or challenged list. I couldn't believe the irony of this entry: 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury was removed from the required reading list of the West Marion high school in Foxworth, Mississippi (1998) for profanity. For those not familiar with the book, the plot revolved around censorship and book burning. Fahrenheit 451 was supposedly the temperature that books burned. Cheers, Pat. Pending
jessyratfink (author)  Patrick Pending9 years ago
I still think "Where's Waldo?" gets me the most. It's banned because in one of the beach scenes, there's a topless woman. One very small, badly drawn topless woman. You can't even see anything. It was hard for me to even verify that she was topless. Are people really this desperate to be unhappy about something that they'll scour the pages of a children's book until they find something offensive?
"Are people really this desperate to be unhappy about something that they'll scour the pages of a children's book until they find something offensive?" It's a case of the uptight and repressed trying to set the moral standard for the rest of us. These people are the least capable of making reasoned judgements but are often the most vocal in expressing them. Pat. Pending
You know, whoever drew this thought they could get away with something. It goes along with the infamous Little Mermaid phallic stuff. Some artist gets ticked at a boss or publisher and puts in something that they know will cost the publisher a ton of money later on when it's finally found. Such things are usually the immature response on the part of the artist to some paltry work issue. Personally, I would have a tough time explaining this to my daughter who attempts to act out and say most everything she reads or hears. I have to say that I don't really believe there's much of a moral majority expressing a viewpoint in comparison to other views. Let me put it this way: I find that my wife and I have to work extremely hard to find entertainment that meets our standards. It's dang hard work to find good clean fun. There are also certain expectations of content in American society for children's media. If I bought this Where's Waldo book and found that picture I'd feel, well, lied to or cheated. I was expecting a book devoid of such base things. I often feel we are surrounded by images and messages trying to push immorality or amorality down our throats. In the past, you could always get that sort of thing if you went looking for it, like drugs nowadays. If you want them, you can find them (not that I know where to look, but I know thatthey're everywhere to be had, if you want to find them). But these days, even if the television show you are watching is clean, there will be offensive commercials. We're swimming in such stuff. I know that things have been trending for the last few years slightly more conservative in these matters, but it is still extremely difficult to avoid even something as blatant as hardcore pornography in our current society. I know that I don't usually express my displeasure at such stuff except by voting with my wallet. But I am glad that some people are finally asking that there be once again a modicum of restraint in public on these matters. I realize this doesn't relate so much to banned books, but my aim is simply to make you aware of my perspective. A person that would ask that the offending Where's Waldo book be taken off an elementary school library shelf. I hope that you can at least understand my point of view, regardless of your agreement with it. Chers! And Sonnys!
You have a right to your point of view, but, can I understand it? NO! Absolutely definitly not!.
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Thread necro, much?
Huh?
Topic is very old.
Royalestel hasn't even posted for over a year.
Personally, I would have a tough time explaining this to my daughter

Really!

I showed this picture to my daughter (6). I asked her to tell me what was happening in the picture. She reeled off all the things that she saw and eventually she described the lady screaming because of the ice cream on her back. When she had finished I said, "is that it? Didn't you notice anything else?", she shook her head. "Didn't you notice that this lady doesn't have a top on?". She looked at me for an explanation, "Yeah! ..So..", she shrugged. My daughter is an innocent 6 year old, and could see nothing wrong with the lady being topless. I think the reason she saw nothing wrong with it, is precisely because there is nothing wrong with it!

I hope that you can at least understand my point of view, regardless of your agreement with it.

I think in order to understand your point of view I would have necessarily had to been brought up thinking that nudity is shameful - I wasn't, and I don't. I do however respect your views, and in particular your right to hold them.
Censorship takes away everyones right to choose what's important or unimportant to them, and replaces it with someone else's moral judgement/paranoia/personal hang-ups/religious beliefs/repression/blinkered views.

Cheers,

Pat. Pending
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