Banned Books Week Wrap-Up

Posted October 8, 2010 by 0 Comments

And the winner is….

YARA SANTOS from Texas!


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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Banned Books Week Contest. You all have had some great experiences. Here are just a few submissions…

All entries are printed as submitted.

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

I’m sure almost every Harry Potter reader can say that they had an experience that challenged their love for the series. Well, mine was my very own English teacher. He wasn’t the type of person that just hated certain books for no reason, it’s just that he was against the Harry Potter series itself. He didn’t support the dark magic that the books had, as he said. In his words, the books were evil.

I wanted to challenge HIM on his opinion. So at the end of the year, it came time to write our final paper. I chose a topic that allowed me to use Harry Potter as my sole reference and wrote about it. I went into some great detail, but mostly I explained how just because the series has magic in it, that it’s not about that. The topics and themes covered are so much more meaningful to life itself.

So after he graded them and handed them back, I was surprised to see that I had received an A. I thought for sure he was going to give me a low grade. But as he handed me back my paper he said, “I was anti-Harry Potter before I read your paper. But I’m not anymore.” He said it might take some time before he ever really decided to read it, but he was definitely going to lighten up on it.

Not gonna lie though. I had the biggest smile on my face.

-Monique, New Jersey

Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer:

The impact this book and series has had in my life, no words can describe it really. The twilight Series saved me when I was at my darkest time. Just like I know it has impacted many of my friends I have met thru Twilight as well.

-Yara, Texas

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger:

At first i didn’t really want to read Catcher in The Rye when my best friend brought it up. After a few weeks of him insisting that i would love it, and if that didn’t convince me; the fact that he loved it and as his best friend it was my obligation to do what he said….i just had to give it a try.  My first opinion was that Holden is a huge brat. He’s selfish, impatient and immature. Not wanting to judge this story unfairly, i kept reading and soon couldn’t put it down. As much as I think Holden is still a child, He does go through a lot and sees the world for what it is, cold and untrusting…full of people who will take advantage of you if you’re not careful. By the end of the book i had changed my mind about Holden and how much of a struggle it is for young people back then and today to grow up in the world.

– Ashley, Indiana

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling:

When I first read the Harry Potter series back in 2008, I had no idea it would change my life the way it has. I was merely fulfilling my academic duties and writing a paper on a series I’d developed a passion for. As my perspective painted the series as Christian instead of a work of Satan, I was constantly searching for biblical truths.

The everlasting effect those books–Deathly Hallows in particular–had on me was remarkable. Before, I’d always been a very judgmental almost fundamentalist sort of Christian. I never realized this wasn’t the person I wanted to be or even the kind of person worth being. No one needed to be treated as lower than the dust of the earth simply because they didn’t prescribe to my form of religion or moral values.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as the rest of the books, taught me to love others for who they are. Because that’s how it should be.

-Adam, South Carolina

The Harry Potter series and the Twilight series were the most popular titles from your banned and challenged book experiences. Others include: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, Deenie by Judy Blume and many more.


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