Book Bans: Do We Need Them? - The Butterfly Reader

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Bans: Do We Need Them?

So this is all about book bans. These have been around for a very long time and we all know why books gets banned. For some reason a person or group of people think the book has themes that are bad or that may impress upon the minds of readers terrible things. 

I think these are unneeded. I mean if there is something in those books that bother you or you don't want your kid to read than that should be up the parent or yourself. I think by banning the book you make kids want to read it more. Kids are such rebels. 

I think it's wrong to mark someone's hard work as bad or something that should be hidden in the dark, never to be read. They are just books. Yes, some books can change the way we think and see the world. 

But banning books like Harry Potter and Twilight. These books don't hurt anyone. When I was growing up, HP was actually banned from reading in my religion (I'm not in that religion anymore), I was told that reading HP would send me to hell because it had witches and the occult in it. It would open my mind up to Satan and demons.

Those books did no such things. They are books. They take our minds to wonderful places. Harry Potter actually teaches some pretty good lessons. 

So again, I think book bans are not needed. We can guide ourselves when it comes to what we want to fill our minds and we can do the same for our kids. If there is a book that you don't think your child should read then you make that choice. There is no need for book bans.

So tell me what you think below. Should books be banned or should you chose for yourself?


  1. I think book bans are kind of silly. Because like you said, if anything, kids will want to read those books more. Kids (and we kids at heart!) are rebels! So yeah, when told not to do something, odds are likely the majority will want to do it.

    I mean, in a way I can see why religious groups would want to ban things like Harry Potter and Twilight, but at the same time, I'm thinking in my head IT'S FICTION! All these things that we might see as devil worship is pure fiction. How can reading things that are 100% not real be bad? I'm raised Catholic myself but am not a full 100% practitioner. I'm slightly bad at Lent though I do try to avoid meat on those Fridays, I curse a lot, but obviously I don't do anything truly sinful like murders and whatnot! LOL. Honestly it sometimes brings to my mind (because I have an inappropriate sense of humor at times and my sister does too!) The Waterboy, where Bobby's mama thinks just about everything is the devil, from FOOSEBALL to Thomas Edison!

    So I'm definitely one to think you should choose for yourself what books you want to read. If they're banned or not for reasons you believe to be banned worthy.

    I actually helped my sister out with a banned books project for her 5th graders back in September or October...whenever Banned Books Week was! It was actually kind of fun in a sense because I was looking for age appropriate books and trying to find out why they were banned! I bought her a Harry Potter set (mostly so she stayed away from my copies! LOL!) for the obvious reasons, but then I found out things like one of the reasons why The Wizard of Oz was banned was because it had a girl hero. Like legit it told girls they can be the heroes, BAN IT!! It was an eye-opening experience!

  2. I totally agree: book bans are so unnecessary! Like you were saying, kids will read whatever they want. The world desperately needs to be exposed to diversity in the world and that's exactly what banned books bring!

    Also about religious reasons for banning books, I don't believe in those either. I would call myself a religious person (raised Catholic) and I think it's so important to expose yourself to different ways of thinking because everyone matters and just because someone is different (and is portrayed in a book as such), doesn't mean they are less of a person. Also, if people are so worried about kids reading these 'scandalous' books that book 'bad' ideas in their heads, perhaps they should take a look at their own teaching. Kids won't divert from teachings just because they read a book and liked it. You should be secure enough in your own morality that you can let them have a little diversity. And, hasn't it been shown that authoritative approaches don't work half as well as assertive approaches do? Banning things just ensures that they're done in the dark, where you don't know what's going on with your children. Better to raise them in a non-judgmental way and guide them without taking away their choices.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  3. I think that books should not be banned, I don't believe in censorship. However, I understand an elementary school keeping certain books from their library due to things like the age category. But, that is completely different than, say, a public library banning books.

    While some books can in fact influence the way we see the world, in the end, its the reader's responsibility as to what they internalize. I definitely agree that if you just ban something, you make people want it more!

    Wren @

  4. Like Wren said, I think it makes sense for certain books to maybe not be available in a public school library, but banning them completely doesn't make sense at all. I agree that if a parent doesn't want their child to read a certain book they have the right to limit that, but they should not cause the book to be banned for everyone.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. I don't think many books are outright "banned" anymore. Sometimes a book will be challenged in school or district and be pulled off the library shelves for review, but it's very localized. The book is still readily available, it's just not in that school's library anymore, just like thousands of books aren't. I don't agree in censorship and I don't think books should be banned. I also think if parents have an issue with a book on the library shelf, they should instruct their child not to read it (or to read it with their guidance if they're worried it will scare or confuse their child), not take the book away from everyone who uses the library. However, I don't know how many bans are really successful anymore. I'm much more concerned with what I call "silent censorship" where a book never gets to the shelf in the first place, because the curators of the collection don't agree with it or are afraid there will be a challenge.

    I just sometimes think Americans talk about banned books like the government has told us all we can't read a novel, but that's not what "banned books" are these days. It's usually just a reading challenge in a school district and the challenge generally seems to fail.

    --Krysta @ Pages Unbound