Now, THERE’S a loaded question. As writers, we all have opinions on this topic!
A Sherlock Holmes book was recently censored out of the 6th grade reading program in a school district in Virginia. If you’d like to read the short article, complete with a link to a free download of the ‘offensive’ book, click here: http://bit.ly/qNHCEW
Okay, that’s about that one book. Depending on a reader’s sensitivities, political and/or religious views, nearly every book out there could be banned by someone!
So, what about the topic of censorship in general?
Isn’t it true that being ‘banned’ generally guarantees better sales of the ‘offensive’ book because everyone wants to know what made it so offensive? Do some writers incorporate that fact-of-human nature to generate more sales for their books (a publicity stunt)?
Does censorship violate the Free Speech Amendment? Should school boards and libraries bow to parental pressure to ban books or should they stand their ground based on the Free Speech Amendment?
Have you ever read a banned book?
As a writer, have you ever written a book that was later banned?
Tell me your thoughts on censorship as a comment. I’ll select one random commenter to win a book!
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