How many books on your bookshelf right now have been challenged, banned, censored, outlawed, or burned? If you’re curious just how scarlet your bookshelf is, then take Buzzfeed’s How Scandalous Is Your Reading History quiz and find out. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. No doubt you have other objectionable reads lying around that are not listed here, but the quiz is fun and gives you some idea just how many classics and old or new favorites have found themselves on the chopping block (and how well-read you are). Read More…
THE DEFENDANT: The Golden Compass (a.k.a. Northern Lights), Philip Pullman
THE VERDICT: The His Dark Materials series as a whole was the second most frequently challenged book of 2008, with The Golden Compass itself coming in at #4 on the list in 2007, according to the ALA. In addition, Philip Pullman was the second most challenged author in 2008 and the fifth most challenged in 2007. He has also been called the most dangerous author in Britain. So, why the sudden interest in the books in the late 2000s when they were published in the mid-90s? Much like The Hunger Games, ire against the books reached fever pitch when the movie adaptation thrust it (back) into the public eye. It also became the target of Catholic groups going on the offensive against the movie, which, given the plot of the book, may have only proven its point.
Big news in the banned books world. The ALA’s list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2013 has been released. You may recognize a lot of familiar targets, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, Looking for Alaska, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (almost all of which we’ve reviewed on the blog). Captain Underpants has also hung onto its place at the top for reasons I’ll never entirely understand. Graphic novel Bone joins the list, along with other fresh kindling. Read More…
I sat down with writer, blogger, and fellow Hampshire alum Lydia Hadfield to talk about women in horror. You can read the full interview on her blog here. And, if you happen to live in the Brunswick area, quotes from me, local librarians, and local teenagers will appear in her article on the matter for The Brunswick Citizen.
Fantasy writer and banned books blogger Shannon Barnsley and I chatted by way of email interview. We talked about girls and the YA horror genre. Quotes from Shannon’s responses will be appear in my “Girls’ Guide to Horror” article along with input from Brunswick librarians and teenagers. The story will be published in The Brunswick Citizen newspaper this coming Thursday.
The Full, Unadulterated Shannon Barnsley Talks About Girls in YA Horror Interview is featured below!
Barnsley’s work is published in Redhead Magazine. She also writes about the politics of banned comics, books and movies for Bound and Gagged.
HADFIELD: How would you define the horror genre?
BARNSLEY: Oh, man, this is a tough one. We often think of horror as a more modern genre, but we’ve been telling stories that frighten us around the fire since we’ve had a fire to keep the things that scare us at bay. There are elements of…
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