Two years in a row now, The Hunger Games has made it onto the list of “most challenged books” according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. A challenged book, according to the association, is one that is subject to “formal, written complaint[s] filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” Among the complaints are sexually explicitness, being unsuited to age the group it is marketed for, and violence. When Suzanne Collins initially heard the news, she told The Associated Press:
people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.”
I can understand the violence, and even contesting the Young Adult label (which maybe Joel Stein should take into consideration). But sexual explicitness? I’m trying to figure out where that comes into play. Regardless, requesting that the book be removed from library shelves sounds a little too close to book-banning for my taste (and also reminds me of “The Hanging Tree” – the song in Mockingjay forbidden for its message). Your thoughts?
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