Book Banning: a bit of a rant

Friday, September 24, 2010

For banned books week, the library where I live designated a special shelf with all the banned books and the reasons as to why they were either challenged or taken off the school education system. Some of the reasons were just downright crazy, and it just irked me so much. I decided to get it out and write a post; I already apologize for the rant.


People who ban books. If you're reading this, I truly wonder; why do you do it? I really do wonder what your purpose is. Are you that incredibly sensitive towards these matters that once you find something that remotely offends you or ticks you off you'd just go ahead and lash out against it?
Who told you that you had the right to tell others what to read and what not to read? Who told you that you had that kind of power to take away something that others might find useful, interesting, or even just plain entertaining? Just because you didn't like something doesn't mean that everyone else won't like it. Just because you think it's inappropriate doesn't entirely mean it's inappropriate for everyone else. Just because you think you're right, doesn't automatically mean you are.
Did it ever come across your mind that, 'oh hey, maybe I'm just being an immature and close-minded person.' That maybe you're just ruining something for everyone else? Seriously, if you didn't like a book -- or a movie or whatever -- get over it. Go ahead and tell your kids not to read it or watch it, but leave everyone else alone. You can think for yourself, let others do the same.


  1. Great thoughts, Jillian! I quite agree with you :)

  2. I loved that last line it is so true. Great ending to a great rant :)

  3. Jillian, I truly believe it has to do with power.

    I also wonder if they actually read the book(s) or if someone is using their power just for the sake of it.

    HUGE SIGH, worth the vent.

  4. Wonderful post! Cheering and clapping over here.

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Marce - I think it does have to do with power. Some just like are so hungry to have that, even if means it's just power over books.