Happy Banned Books Week!
Happy Banned Books Week, writers! Part of the fun of reading is that it can take you new places, teach you new things, and most importantly, open your mind to new ideas. Plenty of philosophers from Voltaire to Ayn Rand took to fiction and literature with their ideological treatises–but the anti-church and anti-government stuff isn’t all that gets censored. Remember Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? Banned. A Wrinkle in Time? Banned. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!? BANNED.
Censorship is a hindrance to–well, everything, really, and it can affect your career, when you get there. You wanna write a book about puberty. Sorry, it’ll probably be banned. So instead you try a clean-cut fantasy that makes no mention of bodily functions. Gotta be safe, right? Nope, promoting witchcraft. And you DEFINITELY don’t want to write anything that involves rebellion against the establishment. That goes without saying.
So celebrate by visiting these links and reading a banned book. Personally, Goosebumps never scared me.