Did you catch the #YAlitchat discussion last night?  It was AMAZING!
The discussion topic was 
Banned and Controversial Books

This topic alone is very serious and prevalent today, but it also affects many different aspects of literature, reading, and readers are affected in turn, not just teens.  And what better guests are there than Cheryl Rainfield, Ellen Hopkins, and Laurie Halse Anderson – each who write on very tough topics which in turn  ‘disturb’ the calm waters that people are afraid of stirring up. 

Can I just say that I am personally moved and ecstatic about the craze on Twitter and fellow blogs that have been going on lately, especially since the WSJ fiasco, with #YAsaves and now #YAlitchat.  Not only are many topics being discussed that are long overdue, but they are being done so in a very fair and adult manner (minus a few). Of course we do not all share the same opinions, but the fact that we are able to openly discuss something so prevalent and affecting means that much more to the future of literature.  Furthermore, I love seeing the mix of younger and older audiences coming together.  #YAsaves and #YAlitchat do not just affect the YA’s, it affects everyone!

(You can check out my posts about the WSJ articles as well as my weekly #YAsaves posts HERE)

Now back to topic… Banning Books is nothing new.  People tend to ‘ban’ what they don’t understand and/or what scares them.  Of course this is not a definitive statement but in general this is the case.  So why does a book get banned?  According to Laurie Halse Anderson:

This makes sense.  Especially in the U.S. we DO NOT, or better yet not allowed, talk and think to about sex, sexuality and everything that comes along with it.  Then there are those behaviors that we are not supposed to have or know about: bullying, cutting, suicide, etc.  So how do we get these books to become more known?  Does banning a book actually create more sales and more awareness?  In #YAlitchat people seemed to be on the fence about this…

I think we can all agree that awareness helps is great and small ways – sales, personal satisfaction in writing a banned book, teens who want to read banned books just because they are banned, reaching out to that teen that otherwise would have never known they are not alone, etc. Of course, banning books is not always black and white; many thing help contribute to reasons people feel a book needs to be banned: values, traditions, community makeup, age, gender, race, etc. And we all know our guest authors are no strangers to being banned.

You all know my opinion so I won’t go on but now let you read some of the reactions to this weeks #YAlitchat: 

Come back tomorrow for more amazing Tweet Reactions on Banned and Controversial Books.
Thank you to the wonderful Guests!