NO! IT’S NOT OKAY!
This week is not just the last week of September or the first week of Autumn. In the USA it’s Banned Book Week.
It’s not like living in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ but since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials and books in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous. Every year, both organisations team up together to raise awareness about censorship in literature and as ALA says, “the threat to freedom of speech and choice.”
During this week a Riverside, California, school committee banned John Green’s latest novel, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, from its middle school classroom. Their worries? As they said to a local newspaper, “the subject matter involves teens dying of cancer who use crude language and have sex.” In fact, we don’t have to deal with those aspects of our real life, do we?
The amazing man who is John Green published an impeccable response on his Tumblr when a fan asked him how he felt about this nuts decision.
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.
But this week isn’t over.
Now, dear committees PLEASE STOP BANNING JOHN GREEN BOOKS! BECAUSE IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW IN THE LAST FEW YEARS KIDS AND TEENS ONLY READ JOHN GREEN BOOKS! SO PLEASE, DON’T DO THIS!