Today I’d like to discuss a hot topic that’s been on everyone’s mind recently: Banned Books Week. With the week drawing to a close, I’m here to share my thoughts on the matter so for anyone interested, here’s my teen perspective on the subject. I look forward to reading your comments below!Books are glorious things, but books that deal with issues and push boundaries are even more so. Teen reading and YA should be praised and celebrated from the roof tops, not discouraged. So why are books still being banned and challenged in today’s society?
Banned or not, books of all types should be able to be read, loved, appreciated and furthermore, create discussion. I’m not an expert on banned or challenged books, I’ve only read a handful or so, but from my experience, they are some of the best. They make me think and question and ponder and ask questions - and in my opinion, that is one of the greatest things books can do.
Who knows? Maybe they think that by banning these books, that will be the end of it; gone; rid of. But these issues that are raising alarm bells amongst the pages won’t just magically disappear from the world because a certain book has been taken off the shelf. These issues are real and they are happening all around us and in my opinion, books are the safest environment for them to be discussed in, especially if along the way, we pick up a lesson or two (not in a preachy way, those are annoying) or are able to learn from characters mistakes.
Teenagers want to read about other teenagers and be able to relate. We don’t want to read about unicorns and rainbows (even though those are cool. Yay for unicorns!) we want to read about characters and situations that we can relate to or see ourselves in or draw experience from. Most importantly, we want honesty, truth and to be treated like grownups and YA authors like John Green offers us that and that hands down, is one of the best things about Young Adult.
Banned and challenged books are something I think should be discussed, not just during the week it’s allocated but constantly. Hopefully one day, banned books will be a thing of the past but for now remember to support banned authors, read challenged books, continue to create discussion and share the magic of reading.