Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Banning the Unwritten

While I don't like a lot of Vampire novels, I can see the appeal.  What I do not understand, however, are a number of issues related to the banning of the Vampire Academy series.  Firstly the idea of nudity in a novel is very difficult for me to wrap my head around as nudity, in my mind, necessitates a visual image.  Certainly one could identify descriptive language as sexual or explicit, but as nudity?  Secondly, the Stephenville Independent School District banned the whole series.  The catch?  They haven't all been written yet.  As it says in Robert P. Doyle's Banned and Challenged Books 2009-2010, “Stephenville ISD actually banned books that have not yet been published and perhaps even books that have yet to be written. There is no way the district could know the content of these books, and yet they have been banned.”  Certainly quite a feat!

1 comment:

  1. That is strange - a whole series banned before the books are all released - though not especially surprising. Keep the challengers away by keeping the books which will likely offend them off the shelves in the first place. I also find "nudity" as a bizarre reason for challenging a book (as opposed to the context of nudity or actions leading to or resulting from).