Hello there! How is everyone coming on their reading of challenged/banned books? I managed to read two more books off the diverse list. First up…..
“Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurdles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.”
This book has been challenged by the Catholic Church for so long. They declared that it promoted Atheism and attacked Christianity, in particular the Catholic Church. (Insert eye roll) because yea like your books don’t bash people who don’t believe the same as you.
I had trouble getting through this book. But not because of any of the reasons above. I DNF’d on page 227. For me it was so hard to sit through a book where you are that far in and still nothing was happening. But of what I did read I did not see any attack on any religion nor promotion of Atheism. Let me know if you have read this series. What are your thoughts? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Should I pick up where I left off and keep going? Does it get better in the other two books? I really wanted to like this book.
“Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will sprite you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days know as growing up.”
OMG where do I even begin..well lets start with why people don’t want their kids reading it….homosexuality, sex, masturbation, and a “glorification of alcohol use and drugs”
Well well well…yes all those things mentioned above are in this book..but guess what they are things that are happening (not in that order and maybe not all of them) to every single teenager in the whole entire world! Shocker I know! I don’t get parents who try to shield their kids from real life. DENIAL! Why not use this as a teaching tool. I freaking LOVED this book so much. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it, I connected with the characters, I understood things they were going through, parts reminded me of my own childhood and the growing up part. I can’t wait to watch the movie now. I would recommend this book to people. Specially kids entering their teens and might be struggling with things and thinking they are all alone in the world. Ugh sometimes I wish I could gather all these kids who have to deal with helicopter parents and in denial parents and hug them, love them, and let them know they are not alone. That what they are feeling is normal and they can and will get through this. Let me know your thoughts if you have read this book.
Let me know how your reading is going…..
For The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials, it is more anti- catholicism the farther you get in, and especially the 2nd & 3rd books. Especially when Metatron & the other angels come into the picture (also, later on with the ex nun, Mary Malone). And no one can deny how much the Catholic church IS like The Magisterium.
Still one of my favorite trilogies of all time.
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I might try then again at a later point
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It does bog down, and has points of tedium but it gets better. Did you ever see the movie?
No I haven’t seen the movie yet. Should I watch it and then try the books again?
Yes. As per usual with movies, you lose some stuff, but it’s a pretty good adaptation. Also, Sam Elliot as Lee Scoresby (and his loveable Harriet).
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