“Mom, MOM!!!” I whine as she my mother takes my book away. “I am not allowing you to read this book.” She response back. “But why?” I sit there with my arms crossed in complete protest. ”Because it’s way too violent. I am not allowing you to read a book about kids killing kids.” she states with her back turned to me not caring about how much I protested. So just for added effect I throw in my pouty face and respond, “but it’s not JUST about violence. It’s about survival. Besides what is the difference between me reading a book about fictional violence and watching non-fictional violence on the news or TV shows?” Her simple response, “I am your mother, I make the rules. You can read the book when you are 18 and out of my house.” She never really answered my question…
This was a real conversation I (Summer) had with my mother back in 2003 when I was reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding. If you haven’t read the novel it is about a group of children, below the age of 13, who get stranded on an island after their airplane crashed. The boys in turn go through different situations all to try to survive on this island. It became one of TIME magazines 100 best english language novels from 1923-2005. It is also on the ALA’s Banned and Challenged book list along with The Hunger Games. All this is to lead into our Fan Question of the Week:
“What is the difference between reading about fictional violence and seeing non-fictional violence on TV (news, documentaries, etc)? And why do you think some parents aren’t allowing their children to read the Hunger Games? Do you think it is the whole kids killing kids, or is it more than that?”
Post your answers in the comments below. Remember to be respectful of other people’s views and opinions. If you want to strike up a debate do it tactfully and with respect. Besides we are all in this fandom TOGETHER!