Monday, September 13, 2010

I know when I have made it when.....

Banned Books Week is coming up. Link

I read banned books. I always have. That is a bit of the rebel in me. If someone says they do not think this book should be out for what ever reason. I want to read it now, to see if that is a justifiable reason. It never is. Even with the argument of Twilight being unsuitable for the age group. I didn't like the book, but I never would want it banned.

As it was said in the TV movie of "Going Postal"

Ridcully: You the type to burn a book, Lipwig?
Moist Von Lipwig: No.
Ridcully: Why?
Moist Von Lipwig: Because you just don't *do* that sort of thing!
Ridcully: Correct. Books must be treated with respect, we feel that in our bones, because words have power. Bring enough words together they can bend space and time.
Ridcully: Read my lips: Words do not kill! People kill. Wild animals kill. But words... words have a totally different power. They enter in through our eyes and ears and work their way into our souls.

This quick little discussion with the wizard and the post master is a great summery on why you do not ban or burn books. Part of me always thinks when someone burns a book that they don't get it. You just burned the physical copy. The words have been put down. The affect has been felt all ready. What has been said, cannot be unsaid. And your destruction only makes people want to read it more.

Banning, same thing.

So what does that have to do with me "making it" as an author. Take a look at the list of banned books. Which are available at the bottom of this page.

Do you see one book on there that has not been a best seller at any time?

You see people don't want to ban books that "nobody" reads. They want to go after the popular titles. So in a sick way, if someone brings my book up as a book to be banned. I would be pissed, but also flattered.

Believe me, there are reasons to ban Fledgling and the upcoming Killer; cannibalism, vampirism, drinking, drug use, sexual assault, necrophilia, the list could go on. Yet, no one should be stopped from reading it, because someone else says so.

I guess the rebel in me still enjoys messing things up. And if someone were to try to ban my books. I would know I reached enough people to cause an a stir.

But until that happens. Pick up a copy of a book that was banned or burned and see what the fuss is about. You might learn something.

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