Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday Memes: Banned Book Love & Movies I Want

I'm hopping again!!  WhootWhoot!! I miss the hop sometimes and this weekend seemed like a good time to hop around the book blogger community and see what's going on.  Here goes.

Book Blogger Hop (Hosted by Crazy-for-Books):
“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”

Book Blogger HopSo I answered this question in my Why I Love Wednesday Post this week and my answer was The Hunger Games because it is fab-tastic and Ms. Collins is so talented.  It is amazing that she can take such a dark and disturbing situation and make readers like me giddy with excitement.

But I've talked about that.  Here are a few more titles that I love from the must read "banned/challenged" list.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (banned for sexual content).  I heart Rosie the Elephant and who doesn't love grumpy old men?  Yes there was sexual content and explicit vocabulary BUT it wasn't the focus and it was imperative to the history.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (banned for sexual material and homosexual themes).  *sigh* Like really?  I don't even remember homosexual themes or sexual material but how you can possibly have THAT as a take-away after reading such an emotional and historically accurate book.  Shame on you!  I love Anne, her honesty, and her gutspah!  Her reality was so sad.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (banned because it is "soft-pornography" and glorifies drinking, cursing and premarital sex).  So this book was included in my curriculum when I was teaching.  If anything, I think it demonstrates the dangers of drinking.  But.  This is a difficult topic but an important one.  Sometimes I wonder if people read these books before opposing them.

So what's up... Do they only ban books that have an important message?

Follow Friday (Hosted by Parajunkee and Allison @ Allison Can Read): 
What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?
I'm going to pick a book but go easy on me if it turns out to already have a movie.  I'm just not a movie person and I'm always surprised to find that a book I like is a movie and I've never heard about it.  I'm always out of the loop when it comes to movie.

My pick...

I guess it would be cheating to say The Hunger Games?  Ahh... fine.  I pick... Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen.  I absolutely love this book and I love seeing movies during this time period because I love the costumes :)  Oh and to see this drama and romance on the big screen...LOVES it!

I would choose Emily Blunt to play the lead because she was awesome in the movie Young Victoria.

So happy to be hopping this week.  If you get a chance take a look at my Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop.  Oh and there are now FOUR giveaways up for the Follower Appreciation Extravaganza.  A new giveaway will be posted on Friday :)  Stop in and enter.  There will be 8 opportunities to win.

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