The Hunger Games Climbs List Of Most Challenged Book Of 2011
Spurred by the success of the first movie adaptation, The Hunger Games novels shot up the list of the most “challenged” books in the US, as tracked by the American Library Association, reports CNN.
According to the organization, a challenge is “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” And while only the first Hunger Games novel made the list last year (at number 5), this year, all three books landed at spot number 3.
Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, told CNN that many of the complaints against the books actually addressed the film:
“There was complaining about the choice of actors for the film,” she said. “You had people saying someone was dark-skinned in the book, but not in the film, or dark-skinned in the film and not in the book. In general, a lot more people were aware of the books and that led to more kinds of complaints.”
Wow. Not only was the bizarre racist backlash an unfortunate element of the film’s release, but what does it have to do with making the books available? I suppose books lead to movies, and that’s a slippery slope.
Lauren Myracle‘s IM series topped the list for its depictions of high school sex and drug use. The rest of the top ten is a pleasant mix of newer books, like The Color of Earth and Gossip Girl novelizations, and classic banned texts like Brave New World and To Kill A Mocking Bird.
What do you think? Do The Hunger Games novels need to be restricted?