With Banned Book Week on the horizon, I’ve been thinking… While having a book banned is probably some writers’ worst nightmare, that’s what I dream of. What better publicity could you get than having your book banned? I have no interest in intentionally writing a book that raises people’s hackles. I mean, how hard would that be really? Just pick a few taboo subjects like witchcraft, sex, homosexuality and you’re there, right? And if you want to make sure, a series about gay witches having sex will definitely up your chances of being banned. Or burned. Or both.
No, I’m more interested in being banned for some strange and crazy reason. Like if there was an uprising of the Beef Farmers of America banning my book in a small town in Nebraska because my character is encouraging vegetarianism. That would be pretty cool. Because you know, if I convince one more person to become a vegetarian then I win a toaster. And that is my whole reason for writing YA in the first place…to turn teens into vegetarians (not to win another toaster).
Seriously, being banned is a pretty lofty goal. All of these books are in that category. And since I write YA, here a few that I wouldn’t mind being lumped in with someday.
Forever by Judy Blume
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Probably everything by Chris Crutcher
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Anyway, you get the idea. Not bad company if you ask me.
Next week, well all the time actually, you’ll catch me sporting my favourite “I read banned books” button in support of the American Library Association‘s fight for freedom (even though I live in Canada – we like freedom here too!).
So, what about you? Having your book banned…your dream or your nightmare?
And yes, those are my promo postcards in my backpack. Never leave home without them!
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