Paper burns at 451°

Burning-book-001I consider myself a free-thinking human. In my half-plus century I have lived enough, experienced enough, to draw my own conclusions from the knowledge at hand. I also know my rights as an American citizen. Unlike so many exponents bandying the little blue book in front of media, I understand both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  As a woman of opinion, I must say it irks me how quickly people rise to defend a single Amendment or Constitutional passage at the same time they completely discard the rest. Today I choose liberty. Here’s a bit of dictionary definition:

freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

bannedIt is with this in mind that I mention this week is Banned Book Week. Since 1990, the Office for Intellectual Freedom reports more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries because people consider their content inappropriate, controversial or dangerous. Given the books on this ever-growing list, I have to say mine is a nation of imbeciles.

A well-known story taken from French folklore sometime in the 1600s can’t make it in California of today.
  I know you’re stunned reading that. Why is this book banned? Because Red visits grandma and brings her wine and cake. At the end of the tale, grandma has a glass of wine and cleans up her cottage.  The story I’m referring to is Little Red Riding Hood. (Banned for inappropriate substance)

A litter of piglets is born on a farm. Experience tells the farmer the small runt will suffer and fail to thrive. He grabs his axe to do the humane thing as any farmer would in the early middle of the last century. His daughter asked her mother, “where is papa going with that axe?” The story I’m referring to is Charlotte’s Web. (Banned for intended violence and parental treachery)

Two Victorian children born into a family of means share a nursery as children did back then. The brother mentions to his sister that he misses their nanny tucking him in. She does it for him and says, “You have it for tonight, darling.” To the sexually repressed imbeciles I mention above, this innocent exchange is suspect. Why ever would a sister call her brother “darling” if their relationship didn’t have seedy undertones? And why don’t they have their own separate bedrooms? The story I’m referring to is Mary Poppins. (Banned for sexual undertone)

Two southern boys and their adventures along the Mississippi River two years before the Civil War began. True to the time it was written about, the n_ word is in there. The story I am referring to is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Banned for racial insensitivity)

An orphan boy has a chance to live the life his parents meant him to live. A classic hero’s quest where good triumphs over evil. The only problem is, his is a world of witchcraft and wizardry. The story I am referring to is Harry Potter. And it was banned for the same reason the Wizard of Oz and A Wrinkle in Time were banned — witches. (Banned for religious views)

A girl of mixed Christian and Jewish faith is dealing with issues of interfaith and going through puberty at the same time. Seeing other young women fully fleshed out all around her, she asks God to give her breasts. The story is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. (Banned for amoral content)

Two books of poems and whimsical sketches. The books I am referring to are The Cat in the Hat and A Light in the Attic. (Banned because they encourage messiness and disobedience)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Banned for homosexual undertones)
The Old Man and the Sea (Banned for being an affront to Christian values)
Fahrenheit 451 (Banned as obscene)
Bridge to Terabithia (Banned for its death theme)
Moby Dick (Banned as obscene and sacrilegious)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Banned for profanity and adult themes)
The Grapes of Wrath (Banned as socialist propaganda)

I could add more, many more. The list of banned and challenged books this year is huge. Unfortunately.


Book burning Nazi-style

“We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny of every kind.”
~President Franklin D. Roosevelt


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We’re I an author of greater consequence, I too would be banned (sacrilegious, sexual undertones, profanity, adult themes, and obscenity, with a touch of all of the rest of the above thrown in for good measure)  My fiction brings harm to none. Haters would do better looking in the mirror and assessing there, for behind those eyes lurks the true affront to the Great Mystery.



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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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10 Responses to Paper burns at 451°

  1. Jane Leopold Quinn says:

    Sigh… Well, I’d be banned too, so we’re in good company. All those children’s books. So nutty.

  2. E. Ayers says:

    Very well said! I know I’d be banned because nothing is off limits to me, and my characters are allowed to have opinions that may or may not be mine.

  3. skmarshall2014 says:

    Fantastic post, Rose. I’m surprised the Bible isn’t one of the books banned. lol It has been, and is in some countries today. Mark Twain’s book has been banned many times over its’ life time. Banning books is what should be outlawed in our country, but everyone has an opinion of what’s good for our children and what’s not. We just have to stand up and fight against it. My books definitely would be banned because I believe in an open door policy when I write love scenes.

  4. melissakeir says:

    Banning books doesn’t stop the ideas from being shared. It’s like someone thinks by stopping one from reading the pages, they won’t share the story. Since tales first originated around the hearth being told from family member to member…What’s next? Banning talking? Banning families?? *Sigh*

    • skmarshall2014 says:

      Melissa, you’re right that’s what is next. People will not be allowed the freedom of choice in their own homes one day.

  5. Calisa Rhose says:

    Here, here, Rose. Some of my first reading that encouraged me to write romance I got from my high school library at fifteen years old. What were they? Harlequin Romances. I first heard of Grapes of Wrath when my oldest daughter read it at school in 8th grade about 1998. We rented the movie afterward. It’s sad that books are banned by adults, from children who don’t see the content as they do. It’s adult perversion that cripples children’s mental growth and their right to choose. Great post.

  6. treknray says:

    The only thing obscene in Fahrenheit 451 is that books were burned and the book burners were proud of that fact. How stupid can someone be as to ban a book that show how evil is the burning of books. I like the statement by FDR.

    Your cliche of the day says it all. Knowledge is power, there are those among us who don’t want others to have power. It would make them irrelevant. What gets me is that the unofficial censors would take the time to read something they don’t like. I think it would give me a headache.

    Let us not forget George Orwell. We are living 1984 like Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day.

    Ban censors not books. An internet banner says Burn censors not books.

  7. rosgemmell says:

    I’m seriously sad to read this, Rose – how are people supposed to learn and understand humanity in all its glory if such innocuous books are banned.

    • I don’t know what you have on your side of the sea, Rosemary, but we have more than our fair share of crazies in the USA. Many of them are in our government and that’s quite scarey.

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