Bone gives Shades of Grey a run as one of the 10 Most Banned Books of 2013

201404141732 Bone gives Shades of Grey a run as one of the 10 Most Banned Books of 2013
If you were to guess what the 10 most banned or challenged books in the US in 2013 were, you might guess 50 Shades of Grey for its class-consciousness tinged bondage romance; or John Green’s Looking for Alaska with its classic themes of coming of age and the required drugs and sexuality. And yes both those books are on the list, released today by the American LIbrary Association. But also on the list? Jeff Smith’s Bone series, which we’re told by the CBLDF, has been cited for “Political viewpoint, racism, violence.”

Racism? Is this that anti-Rat Creature party we’ve been hearing about? Or the Rockjaw Defense League?

While Bone is a bit of a shock to be on the list, the first one is also odd because it’s so clearly a kids book: Captain Underpants. I mean sure kids shouldn’t be exposed to underpants, unless they are being told to put on a clean pair because it’s Tuesday already, but…honestly don’t the censors of America have better things to do?

Here’s the complete Top Ten:

1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.)
2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.)
3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.)
6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.)
7) Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
9) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
10) Bone (series), by Jeff Smith (Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence.)

According to the CBLDF,

This is Bone’s first appearance on ALA’s annual list of challenged books, but it isn’t the first time it’s run affoul of censors. In 2012, it was banned in Texas at Crestview Elementary and moved to the junior high library because it was deemed unsuited to the age group. In April of 2010, a Minnesota parentpetitioned for the series’ removal from her son’s school library, when she discovered images she believed to be promoting drinking and smoking. A letter from Smith decrying the ban attempt was read aloud at the committee’s hearing, and the challenge was ultimately rejected by a 10-1 vote, to the praise of Smith and CBLDF.

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    …and Dav Pilkey has fun with his distinction!
    http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/dav-pilkey-artwork

    (He was #1 in 2012 as well.)

    HOLY FUCK.
    http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/hb2281s.pdf

    Now the Far Right is going after ethnic studies, legislating what can and cannot be taught.

  2. Michael P says:

    There is nothing the censors of America fear more than giving a child an active imagination and a broad sense of humor.

  3. jim sheridan says:

    To see The Bluest Eye, 50 Shades, Hunger Games, and Bone grouped together for ANY reason would be astonishing. How anyone could find Bone subversive or dangerous in any way is beyond me.

  4. “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” ― H.L. Mencken,

  5. perhaps the pacifistic, anti-capitalistic sentiments of Bone were the REAL reasons behind the ban!!

  6. Kate Willaert says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t also claim that the title is suggestive.

  7. tlove says:

    Why does it matter what people read. If u don’t like a certain types of book don’t buy them but leave everyone else alone to enjoy there reading for entertainment.

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