Let me just start off with my book that I chose to read. I figured that everyone would read a difficult book, or something different. I love Harry Potter, I have since I was a kid and I decided to re-read the book to see why on earth it's banned.
Harry Potter is banned because it "glorifies witchcraft". Excuse me? That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. So if we ban books, should we ban shows and movies too? I mean seeing it all on picture is different than reading about it.
Yes I get it, they tell us what's rated and what's not. We can do that with book too you know! Putting a sticker or something on the inside saying something short on why it's banned or just telling the people wanting to read the book that it's banned like a warning.
We don't do that do we? So, if we banned a book or book series because of something then shouldn't we ban TV shows and movies that are similar or are of that book?
Oops, sorry! I can't watch Harry Potter anymore because it's banned and "glorifies witchcraft". Doesn't that mean you can ban other movies too? What about Wizards of Waverly Place, it's a Disney show. Sorry kids we can't show this anymore, there's magic in it. Ooh, how about Twitches and Twitches Two, another Disney movie with magic. What about Halloween movies and their magic in them like the Halloween Town movies? There's movies that older people like too like that movie and video game Warcraft, sorry there's dark magic in it.
It shouldn't be the American Library Association's decision whether a book is banned or not. We can give warnings like in movies, for example on a movie: Rated R- for nudity, blood and gory scenes.
Being banned is like excluding books from people that are about life. [insert swear word] happens. As people on this earth, lots of us are blind from the real stuff that happens. When books are banned because someone tells their story about a tragedy that happens like getting raped. It happens, they are trying to tell you their story so that it won't happen to you. It gives you the thought of, "hey, if I'm careful and not careless. This could possibly not happen to me." I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but these people writing about these things shouldn't be banned if it's telling you a story on what happened.
Now I will say there should be limits, if a book just talks about sex and bad language and it doesn't tell a story about someone getting seriously hurt and it's just about being fun, then ban it.
If you don't want you kids reading a certain book because you don't think they're old enough, then don't let them read it! I think it's also the parents decision on what kids should read at certain ages, but don't ban a book because of something stupid.
I will admit this is a debatable topic and I could keep going and collect more information on both sides of whether banning books is a good or a bad thing.