On September 28th, during Banned Books Week, the Huffington Post featured an article on the top 10 banned graphic novels. The article gives the reasoning behind each challenge, but balances this out with by quoting the current President of the ALA:
"Not every book is right for each reader, but we should have the right to think for ourselves and allow others to do the same," said ALA President Roberta Stevens. "How can we live in a free society and develop our own opinions if our right to choose reading materials for ourselves and our families is taken away? We must remain diligent and protect our freedom to read."
Here are the top 10 challenged graphic novels and the reasons behind it all:
- Sandman (Neil Gaiman): Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
- Blankets (Craig Thompson): Sexually Explicit content, Other (unspecified)
- Bone (Jeff Smith): Sexually Explicit content, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
- Fun Home (Alison Bechdel): Sexually Explicit content
- Maus (Art Spiegelman): Anti Ethnic
- Pride of Baghdad (Brian Vaughn): Sexually Explicit content
- Tank Girl (Jamie Hewlitt): Nudity and Violence
- The Dark Knight Strikes Again (Frank Miller): Sexually Explicit content
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Alan Moore): Nudity, Sexually Explicit Content and Unsuited to Age Group
- Watchmen (Alan Moore): Unsuited to Age Group
Have you read any of these graphic novels? Do you have anything to say about the reasons behind the challenges to each one? Do you think there should be any guidelines for what is allowed in graphic novels aimed at younger audiences?