OUR VIEWS: Don’t censor books

Jun 4, 2012


The book is littered with coarse language, and the use of the "nigger" to describe African-Americans throughout the book was found so offensive by many that some of the latest reproductions of the iconic novel have substituted the word "slave" in place of the more derogatory but historically accurate "n" word.

People love to take offense to literature, music or other forms of expression and art.

One of the latest pop culture crazes to come under fire is the "Hunger Games" series. The books have sold tens of millions of copies; and the movie, which was released earlier this spring, has made hundreds of millions of dollars.

Suzanne Collins’ books center around young Katniss Everdeen and her involvement in the Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death competition that pits youngsters from around the futuristic post-apocalyptic country of Panem against each other.

Similar to the Harry Potter series a decade before, the "Hunger Games" novels have captured the imagination of millions of readers, young and old alike.
In response, Loutit District Library hosted a "Hunger Games" party this past spring break as an opportunity for fans of the novels to gather to celebrate the hugely popular series. The library came under fire from some who found it inappropriate for a publicly funded entity to celebrate a book with such a violent message.

We take exception to those who urge for stronger censorship. It should be the job of parents, not the library, to decide which books are appropriate for youngsters to read. Let the library put its focus on sponsoring programs that keep young people excited about reading.

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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