Jen at Crazy for Books has restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another. The hop is currently traveling about the blogosphere and is being hosted by Soon Remembered Tales. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them. A complete explanation of the history and the rules of the Hop can be found here.
This week Jen asks: Banned Books Week ends on the 6th. How do you feel about books being challenged to be banned from libraries or schools? Have you read any banned books?
I can be best described as something of a First Amendment absolutist. On that ground alone, I oppose all forms of book banning, no matter the content of the book in question. Once you have government deciding some books are too sexual, or too virulent, or too something else to be made available, then you are well on your way to allowing government to decide that some books are too dangerous, too inflammatory, or simply too disfavored by those making the decision to ban them.
But as a science fiction and fantasy fan, there is a heightened awareness of the move to ban books, as so many books in the genre have been targeted by would-be book banners. From people seeking to ban the Harry Potter books due to alleged Satanic messages, to people wanting to remove Brave New World from the shelves, to people (ironically) wanting to burn copies of Fahrenheit 451, genre fiction is seemingly continually under siege by the forces of ignorance. Because that is what book banners are: The forces of ignorance. They want to deprive you of the right to find information and ideas on your own, and want to make those choices for you. They want you to be ignorant and in the dark. And that is why they must be fought every time they show up, no matter the merits of the book they want to ban.
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