It's time again for Sunday Confessions. This is my weekly feature/meme where I share a little of myself and learn more about you. Sometimes it's book related and sometimes it's not. It's all in good fun. So please feel free to participate. If you would like to do your own Sunday Confessions please leave me a link in the comments so I can visit your site and don't forget to link back to me.
As most of you know this past week was Banned Books Week. It takes place Sept. 25- Oct. 2. Banned Books Week was created to help draw attention to the problem of censorship. Every year hundreds of books are challenged or banned for what some people deem as unfit material to read. They challenge books because they feel the language is too explicit, it's too violent, too sexual, or God forbid, it makes you think for yourself. This week I have been looking at the lists of banned and challenged books and I have to admit I have seen a few on the lists that have surprised me.
James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl. This book has been challenged and banned because of the abuse James experiences. Some people have claimed it promotes alcohol and drug use, inappropriate language and it encourages the disobedience of children. Info taken from about(dot)com
The Dictionary: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has been challenged for including a definition of oral sex. Info taken from an article by David Gardner
The Twilight Series: This series was challenged for being sexually explicit, religious viewpoints and because people thought it was unsuitable for it's target age group. Info taken from Banned Book Week
Sometimes I think that the people that challenge books have nothing better to do with their time. I think they should get a hobby of some sort, try knitting or painting. I hear it's very relaxing. I would also like to remind them that freedom of speech is written in the Constitution of the United States.
Now it's your turn!
What books that made list of banned books surprised you the most?
Check out these sites for more info on banned books: