Hello lovelies – it’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday!
Top 5 Wednesday’s group, which is a group on Goodreads created by Lainey from the booktube channel, GingerReadsLainey. This is open to any Booktuber or blogger that would like to get involved. Basically, there’s a list of topics every Wednesday and you find five things that fit well for the topic.
You can find the group here: Top 5 Wednesday
This week the topic is: Banned Books I’ve Read
Now, this is definitely a fantastic topic! When I went on to research the books that had been banned I was shocked, not only to see what books had been banned but for the reasons too. When we say banned books, we’re referring to works of literature that the government have deemed unfit for the public to read, and are either banning them from schools or libraries. For the sake of making life easier, I’m going to share books that have been banned or challenged in other countries
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Goodness me, when I saw that this book was on the list of books that were challenged I was shocked. In America they’re challenging this book for reasons, such as: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, and they’re deeming it unsuitable for the age group. Now, I’m a little frustrated by this because this really is a fantastic coming of age story, and a lot of those things are genuinely authentic experiences that ‘the age group’ encounter. Sigh…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Another book I was very surprised to see pop up on the list, but low and behold, this book was banned in China around 1931. The reason being the animals in the novels were humanised, and the government there felt that it was an insult to humans to make them equals. Get this, the censor general felt that it would be ‘disastrous’ to encourage children to consider animals their equals. Well, good grief, eh? What else can you say. Sigh…
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Is anyone else unsurprised to see that this book was banned somewhere around the world? This book, along with the other books in the trilogy, was banned just this year over in Malaysia for sadistic material, and a threat to humanity. Honestly, I can’t really argue with that – there are quite a few scenes that are definitely sadistic, and it does glamourise an unhealthy relationship. I’m sure this will be banned in other countries as well, no doubt.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Actually, when I saw this book on the list – I wasn’t completely surprised by it. Afterall, I’d scrolled past the Bible as a banned book. This book was banned from Lebanon in 2004, as the Catholic leaders deemed it offensive to Christianity. Now, I can see why they’d be upset with this book as it does differ from the teachings in the religion somewhat – one example being that the holy grail wasn’t a chalice, but was a bloodline.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I swear that I was trying to avoid the repetitive mention of this series, but I saw this at the top of a list of popular banned books – I could have fallen off my chair. In parts of the US and the UK, this book was taken out of schools, out of libraries and sometimes even burned in public (why on earth?!) – the reasons being that the bible teaches that wizardry, magic and demons are not to be indulged by the people of its faith. I’m all for freedom of religion, but good grief, poor Mr. Potter!
This week’s topic was in honour of banned book week, which runs from 27th September – 3rd October 2015. This week is to highlight the value of the freedom to read, and also the freedom of speech. Banning books oppresses voices and the choice to express your views, even if your views are unpopular or unorthodox – they’re yours to express if you wish.
Make sure to check back next week for another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic will be: Top Graphic Novels