Banned books, and what we’d be living without.

Books are still banned. Who knew? I do, after hearing about Banned Book Week through my school’s library, and the events that it’s hosing in honor of the 30th Banned Book Week.

I have a problem with this.

Let’s start with the obvious: if the books that the government wanted banned were banned, we wouldn’t have:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Harry Potter Series
  3. The Great Gatsby
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird
  5. The Lorax

Seriously, you’re going to ban THE LORAX? It’s clearly completely offensive and I can’t live my life after reading it. I say that with as much sarcasm as I can muster.

Books are important. They shape who were are.

“Books shouldn’t be banned because they “support witchcraft and sci-fi,” because they’re “unsuited for a certain age group,” or because they are “sexually explicit and offensive to Christians.” Books are a writer’s way of expressing their First Amendment right of freedom of speech.

In a world where so much is going wrong, books should be able to serve as an escape. That goes for the writers of these books and the readers.

That’s an excerpt from an editorial in The Penn, my school’s newspaper, which I happened to write.

I hope you agree.



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