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.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/20/lost-girls-pulled-off-new-zealand-library-shelves-in-order-for-it-not-to-be-censored/

We have touched on libraries being reluctant to carry graphic novels because they are so frequently challenged in the past, but this story seemed particularly strange. Thoughts, anyone?

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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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