John Green on his often-banned book

2016-04-16

in Books and literature, Politics, Psychology, Writing

I have written before about banned books.

In this video, a contemporary author discusses the experience of having his novel banned for containing apparently mature content:

His closer — about deferring to librarians to make such judgments – differs from the more common narrative that rejects such curation entirely.

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alena April 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

I think that many librarians do not read most of the books in their library and go by reviews when they order them. Many high school teachers also do not. Even books like the Canada Reads winner “Orenda” by Joseph Boyden could be found terribly offensive by parents and readers alike. The way I see it, if a topic or a description is offensive to you, skip it or choose another book. Or you may learn something new and think about it. Books always give you the choice of passing them on or giving them a pass. Saying that something is offensive probably makes the book more appealing and so it may be good for the author.

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