Jun. 26, 2012

A Ban on Creativity

Why do people even try to ban books?


I don’t get it. I mean, bad publicity is much better than good publicity. So banning a book is just going to make the book sell more copies. And it’s not like they ban bad books. They try to ban books like Catcher in the Rye (one of my favorites) or Harry Potter;  books that can actually appeal to kids as well as adults.


I get that it’s a sick and twisted world out there, and I get that we want to protect our kids from violence and anything pertaining to violence. But there are better ways to do it than banning books.


Books express what's in the writer’s head at any given moment, and when you ban a book, it’s like banning a child from playing in the schoolyard of your mind. It may help for a little while, but eventually, that child is going to lash out and wind up going outside running around and playing anyway.  


So, why does society ban books?


Tell me.



The Fiction Writer