Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week begins tomorrow, and “is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.”
Now, we’re all about the freedom to read what you want (because how many of us teenagers snuck into our mom’s stash of books and snagged Rosemary Rogers, Johanna Lindsey, or a dog-eared copy of Forever Amber?).
The list of the most challenged books of recent years include Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Not to mention perennially challenged books such as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, and J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. The whole concept of banning books is asinine on its face.
But what about the freedom not to read what you don’t want to? Canned Books Week to celebrate books that belong in the toilet, at least in your opinion, because they are so ghastly? That we could get behind—and have a few off the top of our heads to throw into the can straightaway.
Which would you nominate?