We are in the middle of Banned Books Week, so what better time to be rebellious and dig into a book filled with diverse ideas, sacrilegious themes, and offensive language.
Delve into books like “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Lord of the Flies,” or “All the Kings Men.” Maybe read “The Jungle,” or “Animal Farm.” Or, make a meal of “The Grapes of Wrath,” or “The Naked Lunch.”
All classic novels which were once banned or challenged for their content, and attempts were made to remove them from libraries and classrooms.
The most common reasons a book is challenged are sexual content and offensive language, both, I think, are subjective. What I find objectionable, may not be to someone else, and vice versa. (Then again, I have been known to drop an f-bomb, or two, or three, on occasion. And, I tend to use scatological phrases on the regular – see what I did there?)
I may add a few titles from the 2016 Top Ten Banned Books list to my To-Read pile, particularly “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” by Chuck Palahniuk. It was challenged for being “disgusting and all around offensive.”
Sounds like my kind of book.
“It sounds trite, but only because words make everything true sound trite. Because words always screw up whatever you’re trying to say.” Chuck Palahniuk, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread
This week’s word is:
What to do:
Using “read” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.