Lesley at http://www.lesley'sbooknook.blogspot.com/ has a list of banned books in America. (Check it out!)
Some of these are some of my favorite books of all time! When I first read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a child I remember being blown away by the writing of one of the chapters that I went back and re-read it, thinking..."How can anyone write so incredibly WELL?" It was the chapter titled, "You Can't Pray A Lie". That is the first book I ever read that made me realize the power of words. I know kids now can't get over certain words used in the book and I believe I have read that they have now changed the most offensive word. But still, there is so much truth in that book...maybe that is why so many of these books are banned or "challenged". One of the books on this list, The Catcher In The Rye, is one that I didn't care for at all that many people like... I just told my son that this book is on the list and I said it shouldn't be banned, it should be burned! His reply was that no, no books should be burned, it is just a book that SHOULD NEVER BE READ AGAIN! (So happy he agrees with his Mom on this one.) Of course, neither one of us thinks that censorship of books is a good idea.
My son has grown up with the Harry Potter books so it is hard for me to be objective about them. Would I like them as much if my son wasn't the exact same age as Harry Potter and his friends? In other words, the people around you can influence how you feel about something. (If my son can make me enjoy the movie "Avatar", anything is possible!)
Today is a beautiful day. I must not miss one more minute of it. Going outside now...will leave this with a song from the Moody Blues. And hey, it's a free country! A free world...enjoy it!