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When Should Books Be Banned?

When Should Books Be Banned?

How far can you go in a book before people start to react negatively to it, perhaps even to the point of banning it? How far should you go? These days, the Western world is so obsessed with feeling like they’ve got total freedom of speech that banning a book usually results in an internet outrage and numerous petitions, even if it’s only forbidding it to be taught in schools and not expressly banning it completely. (See: Looking For Alaska, where much of nerdfighteria…

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In Praise Of Adventure Stories

In Praise Of Adventure Stories

I read a lot of YA fiction. There are several reasons for this – I’m a young adult myself, so it’s aimed at people like me and generally appeals, too, and I write YA fiction, so I have to know what’s already out there. Plus, a lot of it is pretty damn awesome. Anyone who thinks that Young Adult books are just ‘watered down’ versions of adult books are completely and utterly wrong. Not only do they deal with different…

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