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.


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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