This is a hard topic for me, and I'll tell you why. I'm apathetic. I know, some of you are going to hammer me in the comments. How can you be an author and be apathetic about this? Don't you believe in having books available for everyone?
I do. I also believe that parents have the right to choose what media comes into their homes and is viewed by their minor children. I believe we live in a country where some people have louder voices than others, and sometimes those people get laws changed, or acts passed, or books banned.
Those people aren't horrible, awful people. They're people who believe they're doing what's right to protect their children.
Does it mean I support them?
Not really. I want to be able to choose for myself and for my children, so I automatically balk at someone telling me that a book is "bad" for whatever reason. I want to decide for myself.
Does it mean I don't support them?
Again, not really. I want to be able to ban anything from my house that I don't deem appropriate for me and my children.
Basically, I don't want anyone telling me what to like or not like, what to believe or not believe, and what to read or not read.
|I know this is 2009's BBW poster. But it's my favorite one.|
While some books I read I don't particularly like (for whatever reason) and I don't let my still-maturing children read, that doesn't mean I want to eliminate the choice for everyone.
I want everyone to have the ability to choose what they should read, and what they should provide for their children to read. To me, that's what Banned Books Week does.
I know not everyone thinks the way I do. They do ban books. To me, it's simply because they have a louder voice than I do, and need to be heard. Also--it's their right to exercise. If they don't want to read a book, so be it. If they don't want their children to be exposed to that book, that's their choice too.
But as a reader and a parent, I can still choose to read and provide books for my children.
What do you think? Have I missed the mark of Banned Books Week?