I read banned and challenged books because:
- the only person who should choose what I can read is me.
- the concerns of a few people should not limit what other people’s children can read.*
- the same books that some people want to ban are considered great literary classics or award-winning children’s books by the majority of readers.
- I love the Harry Potter books, The Lord of the Rings, A Wrinkle in Time, the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, and many other books that have been banned or challenged over the years… including many of these SF/F books.
- I read Fahrenheit 451 in school, and have never forgotten its impact. (Ironically, that book has been banned/challenged, too.)
- often the best response to something uncomfortable in a book (like racism) is to discuss it, not pretend it doesn’t exist. Silencing books silences discussion.
Why do you read banned books?