Monday, August 19, 2013

Banned books list in library

Today I found a list published by the American Library Association (ALA). The name of the list is "Banned and Challenged Books".

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

This is a list of the books some users demanded to be gotten rid of from a library. There are numerous books equipped with libraries. It is no doubt that some people get angered by one of them. Especially, parents with young children are sensitive to harmful books. I guess this list includes a lot of the parents' opinions.

The top of the list is the Harry Potter series. These are world famous fantasy novels. The hero Harry was a lonely boy. But one day he was notified that he was the son of a great wizard. Then, he entered a magical school and he had a destiny to fight against a wicked sorcerer.
It is quite impressive novel with fantastic flavor. All of the series was cinematized. I watched them with applause.

However, the series are criticized.

One of the reasons is that the series include magical theme. I hear some Christians dislike this kind of plots. It seems demoniac for them.

Of course, the more famous a book is, the more criticism rises. "Chocolate War", "Alice" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", which are quite popular, are also listed.

I heard that the true intention why the ALA published the list is to encourage the librarians. Librarians have to face this kind of criticism to protect the freedom of expression. So the ALA suggests they are attacked frequently with the list. The ALA also can show the concern about the criticism through the publication of this list. It is quite cool method.

In Japan, "Toshokan Senso [Library War]", a SciFi novel series describing the battle of the librarians against censorship is also popular. Although I have not read them, I feel this storyline is quite real for us.

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