Monday, September 29, 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

I've just found out it's Banned Books Week.

I don't much like censorship. I don't like other people telling me what is or isn't fit for me to read. I only have to hear that a book is banned to want to read it.

I remember reading Lady Chatterley's Lover when I was a teenager. Well, when I say I read it, I mean that I skipped through it looking for naughty bits. I suspect it would seem much tamer to me if I reread it now.

26 COMMENTS:

Robin S. said...

Thanks for bringing this up - I just went and looked at the lists.

Amazing - and this just pisses me off every time I think about the audacity of a group of people trying to tell me what I am allowed to read. Jerkweed self-righteous blowhards. Ten to one they never get any, and when they do, they look away.

Sarah Laurenson said...

So, Robin, tell us how you really feel. ;-)

Not a banned book (that I know of), but I read Looking for Mr. Goodbar at 13. A lot of it went over my head, I'm sure, since I only remember one thing from the book.

We read what we read and take away from it what makes sense in the framework of what we know. There are adult jokes in kid's movies. Do the kids get the joke? Not usually. It's outside their frame of reference.

But I guess there will always be those people policing my behavior and my access to things for my own good.

fairyhedgehog said...

The sound of joyful sniggering rang through my house when I read your comments, Robin, especially "and when they do, they look away".

Robin S. said...

Yeah, you two, well, as you know, I'm well known for my circumspection!

freddie said...

Robin, that is so true.

I'm still collecting banned books, but I haven't had a chance (or the money) to add to my collection lately.

Whirlochre said...

I always thought Lady Chatterley's Lover was a trick book. I could never get any of the pages open.

writtenwyrdd said...

The hubris of those who would 'save' me or anyone else from varying points of view! So annoying--and dangerous.

Robin S. said...

Just read Whirl's. I'm still laughing.

fairyhedgehog said...

I replied to Sarah and my comment got lost.

I had to google Looking for Mr. Goodbar and it looks like strong stuff. It reminded me that I did restrict my boys' viewing when they were young and I wonder how that fits in. Or maybe I'm just a hypocrite.

freddie said...

No, that doesn't make you a hypocrite, FHH—only a good parent.

Good parenting is only one of the reasons these yahoos don't need to ban books. If they want to restrict their own kids' reading based on their belief systems, fine. That's the right of every parent. But to have books removed from a library, telling other parents what their children can or cannot read (not to mention the parents themselves)? Totally different story.

fairyhedgehog said...

That's a reassuring thought, freddie, thank you!

Robin S. said...

Hey FH,

Are you all right?

freddie said...

Where the hell is your story?!

I should talk. Drunk. I'll put it up tomorrow. ; )

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi Robin and Freddie,

I've been too tired to post. I haven't even listened to everyone else's stories yet. I start thyroid replacement medication next week so I hope to feel better soon.

Thanks for noticing.
:)

freddie said...

Hi FHH,

Please do keep us posted (no pun intended). I hope you are feeling better very soon!

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Freddie.

Robin S. said...

Feel better soon - hope that treatment plan works quickly!

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Robin.

Robin S. said...

Been to the doctor? I'm worried because you've gone quiet again.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi Robin,

Thanks for keeping an eye on me. I've started taking the thyroid but you have to start on a very low dose and work up so I'm still waiting for anything to change.

I'm OK though. Ish.

It's nice to know that you've noticed I've been quiet.

Whirlochre said...

Hope you're OK, FH. I know thyroid stuff can really knock you about. Here's to a speedy return to snuffling round the hedgerows...

freddie said...

Hope you're feeling better, FHH! I miss your posts . . .

Robin S. said...

Hope you come back and play soon!

We miss you.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, all of you.

Sophie in the Moonlight said...

Sending love and healthy wishes.

Miss you.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Sophie.

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