Top banned books aka books to read before you die. (Page 2)
OCD_OCD: In the US it was the Sorcerer's Stone. When I went to download it on my Kindle, you could either get the Philosopher's Stone or the Sorceror's Stone, although I'm not sure there was any difference.
Magz Rides Again: it was only the title I think (and prob wherever philosopher was used in the book)
OCD_OCD: Just goes to show you there are crazy people everywhere. Some people can't suss out the difference between fact and fiction. Next she's going to pull out some snakes and start talking in tong and wagging snakes around.
Those poor kids are crying. That's sick.
lavendar_star: I think that comes from a documentary called Jesus Camp and the way they got the kids fired up and all emotional was quite disturbing, I mean the Bible is not exactly sweetness and light is it.
Magz Rides Again: ffs - this is sad. Mind you when I became an all out "born-again", I threw out all of my Stephen King books.
I've since bought most of them back. lol
fairgojustsaying: Children's books were scary when you think about it and nusery rhymes and some even banned and or had to change their characters to less threatening, being sexist and sexual content (like Noddy and big ears had to stop sleeping in the same bed while they drank their cocoa lol) Remember Gollywog, completely banned, it actually drew more attention as to the reasons of it's banning, there was a Jam in England I believe, labled Gollywog. Imagine the fear of the children being sent to the Ginger Bread House where the blind witch lived by Hansel and Gretel, scary stuff lol
lavendar_star: Bloody hell Magz, Stephen King is one of my favs but I understand,
As for Gollywog I understand the Robinsons ( I'm surprised they used it for so long or in the first place) stop using the imagery but they should still use them in schools to discuss racism in the era it was written and racist imagery, they do that now with some books of a similar vein in UK schools.
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fairgojustsaying: The thought that it implied racism didn't come into the minds of children, there was the gollywog doll as well, which can be taken as acceptance that all dolls weren't white except the name I would imagine sounded offensive to many, but not for a long time. The teddy bear (female) in Noddy had to be more independent, to choose a word, of the male characters.
lavendar_star: Well I think black children and their parents thought differently and it seemed to a mocking image of black people and in a age when there was no imagery of black people at all it was the only representation, which seemed to a be a gross negative representation of a black person. Whilst Barbie and other dolls had a perceptiveness of a beautiful imagery of white people the Gollywog seemed to show a negative and ugly imagery of black people.
OCD_OCD: That thing is UGLY! It's almost like a black Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy doll, except they dressed it up as a sort of black minstrel.
lavendar_star: Exactly OCD, I think like with rag doll it wasnt at all attractive but there was other dolls to address the balance in regards to the rag doll, whilst with the gollywog that's all there was and with the clothes as well and what that's associated with and that it was jet black lol when most if not all black people are various degrees of brown. It was fazed out when i was growing up thankfully but I know it wasn't at all liked back in the day in the UK by most black people and the word w*g was used on black children at schools in a offensive way. But I dont think the books should be banned though featuring the character who was simple and dumb lol.
lavendar_star: I like them, there was a kids show called Rosey and Jim who were rag dolls who came to life but clowns freak me out though and I blame the film IT as i had no problem with clowns before with Ronald McDonald as I had a kids party there once at McDs.
OCD_OCD: I NEVER liked clowns. And that UPS or FedEx commercial gives me the willies. Let me see if I can find it.
lavendar_star: It seems like a interesting book, I watched a good BBC documentary about how the American south and southerns were predicted in film and literature but they didnt mention this book. But I can understand why your mother was shocked by it and it was written in a quite prudish time even though sex has been with us obviously since the beginning of time. I defo will try and check that out. There was a good site that had classic books to read online but its a dead link now, its interesting people sensibility when it comes to sex and violence.
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OCD_OCD: This book was pretty depraved. I can't even imagine how it would even be based on any sort of reality unless it was a bunch of inbred, backwoods, mentally and physically deformed people. Truly a strange read.