A friend of mine sent this article my way. It’s a parent’s reflection on another parent’s choice to censor Harry Potter as she reads it aloud to her five-year-old son.
I highly recommend checking it out because this article brings up some excellent points. First off, if you find yourself so concerned about the material in a book (or anything else) that you have to constantly edit it, don’t read it. Give it a few years. Harry Potter will still be there when the child in question is six or seven or even eight. Secondly, the article points out that this is not about the child’s discomfort, but the parent’s.
THE DEFENDANT: Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
THE VERDICT: The Hunger Games Trilogy was the third most frequently challenged book of 2011, according to the ALA. It is unclear if Catching Fire has been banned or challenged on its own or just with the series as a whole.
THE CHARGES: The series has been widely banned or challenged for “anti-ethnic”, “anti-family”, “occult/satanic” content, as well as “insensitivity”, “offensive language”, and “violence” (see above link). Many of these issues were previously discussed in my review of the first book and the charges specifically targeted at The Hunger Games could all likely be said of Catching Fire as well. Read More…
If you want to skip the prequels, scroll ahead to Chapter 17. List of characters here, introduction here. If you prefer, you can also read the entire thing in either Old Norse or English on the .pdf here, or start chapter-by-chapter here.
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As we seem to be on a Military power/anxiety, child soldier, PTSD theme this week, I bring you a new trailer for Catching Fire I found on The Mary Sue.
The music is weirdly upbeat but Katniss looks suitably traumatized. As Catching Fire is banned along with the rest of The Hunger Games Trilogy, I’ll be reviewing both the book and the movie. If you need a Panem fix before then, you can find my reviews of the first book and movie here and here.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
Something especially interesting was kicking around the twittersphere last week. Something about a new military science fiction anthology edited by the very talented Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak, and published by Apex Publishing. you know how sometimes you catch something out of the corner of your eye, and you just have to see what it is, you just have to learn more?
Hello, Bound and Gagged readers! I will be your guest poster this week and have I got a treat for you! You see, I just got back from watching the movie Ender’s Game, and I have a very severe thebookisbetterthanthemovie rant to share. I cannot say for certain that I believe elements of the book were censored due to being objectionable, but I can say for certain that the movie took out a lot of things that make Ender’s Game a potential target for censorship and the world has been made poorer for it. Spoilers and profanity ahead, be forewarned! Read More…