Wow, I'm not sure how follow such fabulous posts on this very important issue. Francesca did a wonderful job of introducing the topic. Until recently, I never gave much thought to the idea of banned books other than to laugh at the absurdity of someone pushing their beliefs down our throats.
I mean, if it offends you, don't read it. Don't let your kids read it if you don't want them to be exposed to whatever it is that's affronted your sensibilities. But, don't--do not--presume to think EVERYONE feels as you do. Now, I could get into the whole freedom of speech and expression issue here. But, I'm not going to. I think there is something deeper going on.
As Lori listed in her post, and most of us--even the ones who don't do much reading--know, many of the books listed are actually classics. Titles that have even worked to pave the way for change in our society and how we view situations and each other. But, I noticed something else. Many of the books listed are not only controversial, but also long-time best sellers. They seem to have staying power.
I wonder, does being on the banned book list make them more desirable to certain people? More intriguing? Are they still best sellers because of what they represent? Or would they have just faded into the background, as so many other equally wonderful books do after time, if they hadn't been challenged? What do you think?