Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby?
Grapes Of Wrath? The Invisible Man? Lord of the Flies?
How about The Catcher in the Rye, The Diary of Anne Frank, or Farenheit 451?
Okaaaay...how about The Da Vinci Code? Or any of the books in the Harry Potter or Twilight series?
How about the DICTIONARY? Surely you've read parts of that offensive book...what with its horridly foul definitions of filthy words such as "bed," "knocker," and "balls."
Oh... you didn't know you were reading banned books? You weren't aware that some people fear, above all else, individual thought and ideas that differentiate from the norm? And you didn't know that Sept. 26th through Oct. 3rd, 2009 is Banned Book Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, celebrated by Amnesty International, and endorsed by the Library of Congress?
Well now you know!
And in celebration of it, Ellen Hopkins, an author who wrote fairly candidly about her daughter's addiction to crystal meth and then had the book banned from schools, wrote a manifesto. I've heard it's long, and it's hard to find (if you find the whole thing please feel free to post it in my comments section or just post the link) but the last four lines are thus:
Torch every book.
Burn every page.
Char every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.