Famous Authors React To Their Books Being Banned

Famous Authors React To Their Books Being Banned

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With culture wars on the rise across the country, more and more school boards are voting to permanently suspend access to certain pieces of literature. We asked famous authors to describe how it felt to have their books banned, and this is what they said.

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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

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“Really? You want to hear my opinion on something? It’s been so long since anyone asked. Thank you.”

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R.L. Stine (Goosebumps #55: The Blob That Ate Everyone)

R.L. Stine (Goosebumps #55: The Blob That Ate Everyone)

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“People love a dancing monkey until that monkey allegorizes what’s happening in the Balkans.”

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Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale)

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“You’d think conservatives would want students reading about women being second-class citizens in a world dominated by male rulers.”

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Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow)

Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow)

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“Wait, does deciding to ban Gravity’s Rainbow mean someone actually finished reading Gravity’s Rainbow?”

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Stephenie Meyer (Twilight)

Stephenie Meyer (Twilight)

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“Even if you take the books out of schools, you can’t protect children from the harsh realities of falling in love with a vampire.”

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George Orwell (1984)

George Orwell (1984)

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“It’s a little on the nose.”

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William Golding (Lord Of The Flies)

William Golding (Lord Of The Flies)

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“They can ban my book, but they can never take it off SparkNotes.”

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Alec Baldwin (Nevertheless: A Memoir)

Alec Baldwin (Nevertheless: A Memoir)

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“They’ll do anything to keep me from doing a book tour.”

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Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)

Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)

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“Without books like this, readers might not even know about police violence, which was actually a huge problem back in 2017.”

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Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants)

Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants)

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“To appease parents upset that the hero only wore a cape and underpants, I released a version where he wore no cape or underpants, but it only made matters worse.”

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Jesse Andrews (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)

Jesse Andrews (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)

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“I can’t blame them. The movie is way better.”

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Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five)

Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five)

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“What are you doing here? I faked my own death for a reason.”

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Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried)

Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried)

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“In hindsight, I regret writing such an unflinching portrait of the Vietnam War now that history has proven everything went great.”

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Judy Blume (Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.)

Judy Blume (Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.)

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“Great, now I have to go to the house of every girl in America and explain to her what a period is.”

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Cory Silverberg (Sex Is A Funny Word)

Cory Silverberg (Sex Is A Funny Word)

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“I’m deeply sorry for the book I published. Sex is not even a remotely funny word. It’s not even an onomatopoeia.”

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Miloš Moskovljević (Dictionary Of Modern Serbo-Croatian Language)

Miloš Moskovljević (Dictionary Of Modern Serbo-Croatian Language)

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“I mean, I get it, Slavic languages are pretty titillating.”

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John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath)

John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath)

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“It doesn’t matter. I’ll still find a way to ruin your kid’s AP English experience.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

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“I don’t care. I died of a heart attack at the age of 44.”

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