Banned Books

Michaela Broder, Reporter

Banned books week is officially from September 23 through 29. For many, this is an important time for literature, as people’s attention is drawn to books that at some point, or sometimes still are, considered questionable.

Some often banned books: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  and The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas. 

“Banned books week draws attention to some really interesting books, mainly because, if you tell people not to do or read something, it makes people more curious and makes them want to do it. Also, banned books draw attention to specific controversial topics, along with how they can relate to all people,” English teacher Kristen Tinsley said.

Banned books week is explored in many English Three classes, and often includes The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“People should not be given the opportunity to say what books should and shouldn’t be banned. Knowledge is power, and censorship is wrong and prohibits freedom of speech and the ability to obtain knowledge. If someone doesn’t want to read something because they don’t like the content, they can choose for themselves,” junior Brayden Sparks said.

Sometimes, books are banned because people are concerend about certain controversial topics that may be covered in the book. Some topics include, social standing, remorse, parties, disobeying the law, alcohol, cheating and racism.

“Some of the most impactful topics are things that are socially relevant. Things that make people aware of topics they might not have been accustomed to or known about beforehand; places, lifestyles, opportunities, experiences. Books allow you to immerse yourself in other situations you may not have an experience you might not have otherwise been able to have,” Tinsley said. 

Many consider this a week to raise awareness of controversial topics or something one may not have been otherwise exposed to.

“Books can be varied on the type and story they are telling. Certain stories talk about drugs, abuse, and sex. Others talk about political views; if a book like that is banned then it can mean the government or certain organizations are trying to prevent freedom of speech, which goes against the US Constitution then we might have an issue where our president could become like Kim Jong Un,” junior Quentin Smith said.

Some countries censor more than books, banning access to non-approved websites, books and videos.