Saturday, 17 April 2010

Most challenged books of 2009...

The American Library Association has revealed its Top Ten list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009. Despite society's supposed advancement, several familiar names crop up. 'The Catcher in the Rye' sits at number 6, cited for sexually explicit and offensive language, and Alice Wlaker's 'The Color Purple', reprimanded for the same, comes in at 9. Another classic, Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird', is higher at 4, yet is instead challenged for racism.

Perhaps a more surprising entry, is Stephenie Meyer's teenage phenomenon 'Twilight', which, at number 5, is decried for both sexually explicit language and its religious viewpoint. Top of the pile, is ' ttyl', a book written entirely in text language, whose long list of 'offences' includes nudity, drugs and unsuitable language for the intended age group, although, as many commenters have since pointed out, surely letting your child read a book entirely in text language in the first place, negates any possible complaints. Top of the Most Challenged Books of the Decade (2000-2009) is J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series. 

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