This week is “Banned Books Week” and I’ve seen a lot of posts against the practice of banning books. As a long time reader I often scoffed at those trying to ban books, however, now that my beloved daughter entered first grade I see things differently.
1 ) Books can give you paper cuts.
2 ) Books can make you angry and sad
3 ) Romance books gives a young, impressionable lady unrealistic view of life
4 ) Mysteries hurt the brain too much
5 ) Paranormal is just … freaky and G-d knows I need my sleep and wake up enough times without being woken up more times than I should.
6 ) Biographies are scary
7 ) History books are boring and really, who needs to know about the past when the future is so bright?
8 ) Stopping to read books will free up some time for her to help around the house (wishful thinking), watch wholesome TV shows and practice her hand/eye coordination with video games.
9 ) Reading can give her the unrealistic idea that life is “fair” and that the good guys actually win.
Of course banning books has many other benefits:
1 ) Many banned books have become best sellers.
2 ) Banning books allows us to identify the idiots among us.
3 ) Banning books entices our children “to read with promises of vulgarity” (see video below).
Did I miss anything?
Zohar – Man of la Book
- Banned Books Week (ezrasf.com)
- Banned Books Week Starts TODAY (theradula.blogspot.com)
- Banned Books & LGBTQ Characters (bonjourcass.com)
- Morning Meanderings… Banned Book Week Day Two and I Am Rambling… (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- Celebrate Banned Books Week! (iupress.typepad.com)