As an author I encourage all and everybody to read anything they come across. This is why I praise Harry Potter and Fifty Shades of Grey. If someone reads one thing they will be more encouraged to read another.
The more they read of one type of writing, the more likely they will branch out. I would rather that they be indiscriminate about what they read than that they refuse to read. Really, when folk read fiction, the basic thing they want to discover is 'What happens next?' That is what I set out to tell them.
But, we are again at a reminder that some folk want to control what other folk read. So, September 22-28 is Banned Books Week. In celebration, here is a list of the seven most commonly given reasons why to ban book. And also, this year both Twitter and YouTube actively promote the week. Read All About It [DE]
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By Maddie Crum
Risqué-averse readers, cover your ears. Sunday marked the beginning of this year'sNational Banned Books Week, for which libraries and bookstores across the country will promote and celebrate commonly censored titles. The organization calls its cause a "celebration of the freedom to read."
According to BannedBooksWeek.com, 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, when the event was launched. What constitutes a "banned" book, as opposed to a "challenged" book? The American Library Association explains:
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.
Last year's most frequently challenged or banned titles included a mix of Young Adult books, literary classics and romance novels, such as "Gossip Girl," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Twitter, YouTube, Will Promote Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week's Virtual Read-Out event, where individuals across the country and world read from his or her favorite banned or challenged book, will serve as the backdrop for the announcement of Banned Books Week Heroes. Figures or groups identified as "standing up for intellectual freedom" will be chosen by sponsors of Banned Books Week, which takes place this year from Sept 22 - 28.