The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy For Books asks us a question every week to help us get to know our fellow bloggers better. This week, our question is:
"In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”
Click here for 2010-11 list in PDF format. You can also click HERE to view past years and choose from any of those titles!
Jesse: This is a tough question. I have so many problems with banning books and the fact that any of these wonderful books are banned just gets under my skin. The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, classics that everyone should get to read in school. But my favorite banned books would have to be the Vampire Academy series. I can't believe these books would ever be banned. Sure there are a few areas that might make the books unsuitable for younger readers, especially the more immature readers, but most older kids (especially the type of kids who like to read) are old enough to handle these types of things. It's not like the books are actually graphic in their descriptions of these things.
Kira: The term banned book irritates me. I hear it and I'm ready to go off ranting about the injustice and stupidity of it all. I do not do well with injustice and stupidity. Seriously, though, what does something like banning books really accomplish? The spread of ignorance and intolerance? The stepping stone to one of those totalitarian dystopian societies we've all read about (or should have) at some point (or, was Nineteen Eighty-Four only on my high school's required reading list)?
I went through these lists and saw so many awesome books. Did people even take the time to read them before deciding they were trash? Like Brave New World, which is one of my favorite high school curriculum books. There was much more to that story than its "explicit sexual content".
The Hunger Games was banned, too, this time for its violence. Well, ok. I'll give you that. The Hunger Games is very violent, but I would think the message more important.
Same with The Giver (Hey! Wait a minute, I'm beginning to notice a theme here...). At least, with this one, I think they touch on the real issue. In 2003, the book was challenged by parents who called it “'lewd' and 'twisted'”. Well, yeah. the society in the book alone is both those things, which is sort of the point the book is trying to make. The society is "lewd" and "twisted" because of how it intricately controls the lives of its people and enforces its laws. So, how do we respond? By trying to prevent people from reading it. Because that's not controlling.
Feature and Follow Friday is another of those question memes, this time hosted by the lovely ladies of Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. They asked us:
What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?
Jesse: Since I'm currently reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (and I'm in love I tell you!), at the moment I'd probably most like to see Perkins' first book Anna and the French Kiss turned into a movie. I loved ATFK sooooo much! I immediately fell in love with Etienne St. Clair. But my favorite character in the book has to be Josh. He's adorable, and he and Etienne are hilarious when left to their own devices. If i had to choose an actor for Josh would Adam LaVorgna. It's hard to cat the perfect person in the role of a high school student, but Adam has many similar features to the Josh in my head.
Kira: For some reason, I'm finding this to be an unusually hard question to answer. I've changed my mind about certain books about five times already. So, I think (and i'm sticking with it this time) I'll go with The Host,by Stephenie Meyer. I know there have been various rumors about it being made into a movie, but it's not there yet, so I think it counts. I don't know, I just think that book could translate really well on screen (course, it could be done very badly, as well). There's just something about it. That and I just love the characters.
As for the cast? About a year ago, I could have told you about an entire select cast that me and the other Pretty Staffers were pretty dead set on. Now? Well, honestly, I'm not sure. Perhaps, if I'd re-read the book recently, I'd have a better answer, but I'm not certain some of out top picks would stick. My favorite, Eustace (better known as Doc) is even harder for me to picture as anyone in particular. It sounds like a lame cop-out, but it's true. I have him pictured just-so in my head, that no one really fits. He's just a hodge-podge of different people.
TGIF is our latest addition yo Friday meme fun, but they, too, have a question for us. Ginger, from GReads! asks:
Jesse: There have been a few books that I've been stoked to read and then been sort of disappointed in, but I'd have to say the most disappointing was the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz.
I know that a lot of people really love those books, so it may be shocking for some of you that I felt disappointed. And I did like the characters (in the first book, at least). And I did try to really get into the series (I only got to the third book though). It was just, I don't know, too much, I guess. There are just SO many characters and different points-of-view. Plus there's the whole backstory that's going on as well and you're trying to figure out what's going on with that. The whole thing can just be a little overwhelming. Personally, I just didn't care for it very much and felt disappointed reading the books.
Kira: I've had my fair share of book disappointments. I'm sure everyone has. One of my big ones from this past year was probably Cloaked, by Alex Flinn. I was so stoked when I learned of this book prior to its release. It had been shortly after I'd read Beastly, which I'd loved, so I was eager to get my hands on another of this author's works. So, I read the sample, got excited, and I pre-ordered the book. I cleared my reading schedule so I could get to it as soon as it released and, when the time came, I happily sat down to read. And then the story fell short.
It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong. But it wasn't that great, either. The story seemed to be missing something. Even now, I can't think what it may have been.
This past week on Pretty in Fiction:
* We had a nice little Zombie Walk shambling though our blog.
* Will Killian, from Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, showed why he is Book Boyfriend material.
* We reviewed the second novel in Sara Shepard's Lying Game series. The book is called: Never Have I Ever.
* And we revealed the winner of our Concealed Scavenger Hunt Giveaway.
We were SUPPOSED to write a final Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy Post to end the whole deal this past Tuesday, but due to some technical difficulties, it never came to pass. That being said, I'd like to take the time now to announce the winners of the Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy Giveaway.
Congratulations to Rockee and Hanna Loraine!
If (and this goes for the winner of our Concealed Giveaway as well,) when you lucky-duckies receive your prizes you'd like to snap a picture of you with your new novels, your can send them to PiFStaff@prettyinfiction.com, and we'll happily post them on our Giveaways! page.
We'd like to thank everyone for participating in our contests, and if you did not win, don't be discourage. We already have a couple new giveaways in the works for October.