Lost Girls (and Books)
Here’s a rather unusual tale of censorship for you. This article tells how Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie was banned… so it wouldn’t be banned. Apparently, a New Zealand public library was afraid of the ramifications of someone objecting to the book and it subsequently being put before a censor, so they just took it off the shelves to avoid that possibility altogether, creating a bizarre censorship Ouroboros. Read More…
Which is Sweeter? Blood or Chocolate?
THE DEFENDANT: Blood and Chocolate, Annette Curtis Klause
THE VERDICT: While technically not widely banned, Blood and Chocolate was on the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2001 of 448 challenges reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom for being sexually explicit and unsuited to intended age group of readers. Regardless of the charges, the book won the 1998 YALSA Award for Best Books for Young Adults. Klause has not made an appearance before on the banned books list.
Finding Neverland, er, Terabithia
And now for the Bridge to Terabithia movie review. The book review can be found here.
REPEAT OFFENDER: Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
THE REVIEW: This movie is set in that same unclear netherworld as many a comic book or teen movie. Parts of it seem like they could be the 70s rural setting of the book, but other aspects seem modern. Leslie’s clothing has been updated to fit the modern idea of eccentric misfit (although the eccentric misfit look she rocks is pretty trendy at the moment), as a girl with short hair who wears pants instead of a dress is hardly gossip-worthy these days.
War Is Hell
My gift for terrible puns finally came in handy recently. I won a copy of World War Z last week by tweeting zombie-related versions of famous book titles for Read It Forward’s #UndeadLit contest and the book just arrived today. Check out the hashtag if you want to see some of the titles people came up with. My personal favorite was “A Farewell to Arms and Legs”.
Holy Shameless Self-Promotion, Batman!
Readers of Rohan, Gondor called for aid and you answered. This has been an excellent week for Bound and Gagged, for which I thank you (and Nightwing17’s Grayson-esque cheekbones). Thanks for sharing, pinning, and reading (so many referrals from Pinterest). I have more good news. Another writer will be joining our ranks here this month so you can look forward to a new voice and a new face on the blog. Huzzah for new blood! Read More…