Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday #4

It's Thoughtful Thursday again here at Better Read Than Dead. Time to open your mind and voice your opinion.

In honor of Banned Book Week, I would like to ask this question...

If you hear a book is challenged or banned does it discourage you from reading it, or are you a rebellion at heart? Do you believe in the adage..."The only bad press, is no press at all?" 

My Thoughts...

I am a tried and true rebellion. Have been since my dad told me to eat a worm when I was three. Last thing he told me to do that I actually did. HeHeHeHe. Taught him.

The first thing I did after I found anti-Harry Potter pamphlets at my place of employment...bought and read them. I had to know what the big deal was...duh!

First thing I did when people were boycotting Disney because of their domestic partner practices...bought every movie they made.

First thing I did when all the hoopla occurred with Charlie Sheen...watched more 2 and 1/2 Men.

I admit to being a rebellion, and yes, I am buying or at least reading any book that has been challenged. I have read a lot of the more recent books on the challenged list...and I loved everyone of them.

What are your thoughts?


  1. I read them if I am interested. I have to admit I am far more likely to read it if it has been banned. I hate the idea that someone else can dictate what I can and cannot do, be it read a book or watch a certain movie. I was raised with a mind and a moral compass. I know what is right and what is wrong in my eyes may not be what is right or wrong in another's eyes. I respect that in most things, ( the biggies like murder and pedophilia etc are not what I am speaking of). I am aware that the world is not always fair and can be downright ugly. Some books reflect that. Some books are based on facts that are not always wrapped in pretty paper. Some books are fiction that take us to another world and allow us to dream. Some books make us think about others who are different than we are, situations that we may not know a lot about, things we are not proud of. Does that mean we shouldn't read them? For me, awareness = knowledge and knowledge = power. I want my children to have power - the knowledge to know what is right and wrong in their eyes and the power to stand up for what they believe without trampling the rights of others. I think ignorance should be banned. Unfortunately the ignorant seem to be able to hold their ground.

  2. You are completely right about everything you said. I find we are most scared of the things we know nothing about and fear leads to many types of hate. Sometimes books have a way of providing the reader with a reference and knowledge. A way to learn about things they have never came in contact with. Knowledge is definitely empowering. Thanks for your response.

  3. LOL SAME HERE! I don't purposely rebel im just more curious than anything!



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