Hell Hath No Fury Like the Book Community Scorned

It takes a lot to make me angry, but if you want to see me pissed just ban a book. Hearing about people who try to silence important issues and determine what other people can read makes me want to go on a rampage.

This morning I got on Twitter and saw a tweet from Laurie Halse Anderon about this article. The author, Wesley Scroggins, declares that her book Speak should be classified as soft pornography because it contains rape scenes. I don’t know what kind of sick, ignorant bastard this guy is if he thinks that the rape of a teenage girl is pornographic. If that excites you, I hope you’re not the one making decisions about our educational system. Speak is a book about a girl named Melinda who is raped the summer before 9th grade. She doesn’t tell anyone about what happens; she is silent. Banning Speak only silences more readers who lose the opportunity to see that they are not alone. Preventing people from reading about rape does not stop it from happening.

There has been an outpouring of rage on Twitter and book/author blogs. I’m glad that authors are angry and supporting Laurie Halse Anderson. It could be their books next. And I’m glad that book bloggers are showing their support because readers should be insulted when they are told that they are not smart enough to choose books for themselves or their own children.

Please read Laurie Halse Andseron’s blog post about this issue to learn more about what you can do to fight censorship. Other great posts include those by A.S. King, Cheryl Rainfield, and April of Good Books and Good Wine. I will try to keep an updated list here as I come across more. I hope that you will speak up, and speak loudly. Whether on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or in a letter to newspapers or school officials, let your voice be heard. Banned books week is coming up and loads of people will be talking about censorship, but books are banned all year round. Make sure you are out there telling your friends and family and community that you are opposed to the censorship of ideas. Thinking can be dangerous, but ignorance is worse.

Keep Checking Back for More Blog Posts (listed in the order I find them):

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Aimee’s Window

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Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Aine’s Realm

For the Love of Reading

Artie is my Muse

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As Told by Jen

Books on a Rainy Day

Catherine Ryan Hyde


A Good Addiction

Kelley Vitollo

Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files

Mindful Musings

Just Your Typical Book Blog and here (really nicely organized list of giveaways and posts)

The Goddess of YA Literature/ProfessorNana and more and some more

Finding Wonderland

Liz B

Mireyah Wolfe

Sarah’s Random Musings

The Last Word/C.J. Redwine

Veronica Roth

Mundie Moms

A Pinch of Panache

Cecil Castellucci

Book Faery

Heather Howland

Musings of a Steel Magnolia and Writer

Caridad Ferrer

Robin Benway

Bloggers Heart Books and here

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Julia Karr

Scott Tracey

Reading the Best of the Best

Carrie Jones

Brendan Halpin

Harmony’s Radiant Reads

The Rabbit Hole

Adventures in Writing

Wild About Words

The Lost Entwife

Frenzy of Noise

Literary Obsession

Sharpe Girl

Brandy Likes Shiny Things

J Huffman

The Guide to Good Books

The Ultimate Dumpees


One Sparkling Star

Matilda’s Wonderland

Reading and Rooibos

The Book Swarm

Jessica Tudor

Meadow of Words

B.L. Kosiner’s Book Blog

Sarah Ockler (whose book Twenty Boy Summer was also challenged; now hosting a “Filthy Books” giveaway)

Shannen Kearns

Wicked Awesome Books

The Newbie Novelist

Will Write For Cake (with contest)

Novel Thoughts

Books Like Water

DeRaps Reads

Five and a Half Minute Hallway

Lisa Desrocher

Fake Paradise

Holes in my Brain

Saundra Mitchell

Sarah Nicolas

WORD for Teens

Just Add Books

Consumed by Books

The Reading Zone

Jacobs Beloved

The Bookshelf of an Insomniatic Writer

Read a Little Mo

Maggie’s Bookshelf

Frankie Writes

The Story Siren

Jackie Morse Kessler

Shut Up! I’m Reading

Escape Through the Pages

YA Librarian Tales

My Sphere of Domesticity

Beth Revis

Ellz Readz

A Torch in the Tempest

The Bookscape Report

Nyxen’s Sidewalk Journey Through Life

The Ya Ya Yas

Lisa and Laura Write (donating copies of Speak to libraries if you comment)


Between the Covers

Another Book Junkie

My Neurotic Book Affair

Jo Knowles

Snarktastic Ramblings

The Ineluctable Bookshelf

Law and Conversation

Huffington Post and here

Literati’s Literary Library

The Rejectionist

Mindi Scott

Shannon Hale

Valerie K Writes

The Bookologist

Leah Clifford

The Juniper Breeze

Stacey’s Place on Earth (banned books contest)



Sarah Dessen

Of Cats and Laptops (contest)

Today’s Adventure

Jeaniene Frost

Babbling About Books, and More

Got YA! (contest)

Vampire Book Club

Writing Myself Crazy

Whimsical Fic-ery

Eve’s Fan Garden

Lisa Schroeder (contest)

Abby Minard

Suspense Books

Eating YA Books (contest)

The Contemps

The Undercover Book Lover


Gayle Forman

Kimberly Derting

Michelle Hodkin

Sommer Leigh

First Novels Club (Contest)

Stephanie Perkins (Contest; teachers/librarians only)

Steph Wooten

Paul Acampora

Philip Nel


Read Roger

Blue Rose Girls

Read Between the Lines

Alisons Book Marks

Sarah’s Book Reviews (contest)

Laurie Halse Anderson (blog update) and Editorial

Sarah Ockler (editorial)

News-Leader (follow up editorial)

The Truth About Books

Katie’s Book Blog

Reading Teen (contest)

Throwing up Words

Reading Through Life (contest)

One More Page

Steph Su

Escape in a Book

Brown Paper

Life, Love, and Literature

Lit Castle in the Clouds

Paul Hankins and here

AOL News

Scribble City Central/Lucy Coats

Jest Kept Secret

Thinking Out Loud and here

Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Taryn Raye

Barefoot Song

Jan Kozlowski

Jules Jacobs

Jennifer Kate


86 Responses to "Hell Hath No Fury Like the Book Community Scorned"

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