Censorship in Texas
I’ve posted a couple times about the craziness in Humble, Texas regarding Ellen Hopkins being “disinvited” to the Teen Lit Fest. But after talking to a few of my grads, I’d like to have a book club discussion about this. I know many of us have read and love her books, so I’d like to know what you think of this. A few authors have taken a stand against this act of censorship by backing out of the TLF, while Laurie Halse Anderson and Todd Strasser have said they should stay so they can discuss censorship with the teens that come.
So YAers, what do YOU think? After reading (or hearing about) Ellen Hopkins’ books, do you think she should have been censored? Why or why not? Do you think the authors should stand by her and not show up (causing more publicity and discussion) or should they show up to the festival and talk this out with the teens attending? Which do you prefer?
Please weigh in on this; I along with everyone else want your opinions!! Also, please check out Ellen and Laurie’s LiveJournals so you can read their posts about this (the links are in my sidebar).
I can’t wait to hear from you 😀