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Archive for June, 2010

The ALA Most Challenged Books Of The 2000s

As a result of seeing the Twilight Saga being on a most challenged list, it led me to the ALA list for 2000-2009. As expected, the Harry Potter series was way higher on the list than Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Although, I think that His Dark Materials should have been higher on the list for reasons that I mentioned in this post. Anyway, the book that surprised me the most was Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. Now, keep in mind that it’s been a while since I have read the book but I saw the 2007 movie adaptation. Anyway, based on what I remember of the movie, I can’t really see the justification for the book being challenged. Now, on the list, the reason that was given as to why it was challenged was that a death was crucial to the storyline. Personally, I think that’s a load of B.S. I say that because there are other stories out there that are worse in terms of deaths being a crucial plot element.

Bridge To Terabithia

The Twilight Saga On The Most Challenged Books List?

Within the last two to three months, I saw a post on TwilightMoms about how the Twilight Saga was challenged due to the religious factors, the age appropriateness, and the sex between Bella and Edward. While I agree that the age appropriateness could be improved upon, I don’t see why Twilight would be challenged on the basis of religious factors and the intimate relations between Bella and Edward. Well, first off, in terms of the religious factors, it’s not like any specific religion is endorsed. The only thing that I can think of that could possibly relate is the question of whether or not vampires have souls. And besides, if there’s a vampire series that you could argue has a more obvious religious viewpoint is the Vampire Chronicles. Because from about the fifth book on, Lestat becomes more religious. Anyway, the thing about the sex between Bella and Edward, I don’t really see why people would be up in arms about it. In Breaking Dawn, it’s not like the sex scenes are explicit. In the book, Stephanie Meyer merely alludes to it. Plus, I would think that people would be all right with it because Bella and Edward were already married at that point. Anyway, I don’t really get why the Twilight Saga was challenged in the first place, other than the age appropriateness.

Twilight Saga

Edward/Bella vs. Jesse/Winnie

For the first session of summer school, I’m taking this class called Intro to Creative Writing: Magical Worlds. Anyway, one of things we had to read a few pages of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Because of that, it made me think. The relationship between Jesse and Winnie, at least based on the 2002 movie adaptation, kinda reminds me of the relationship between Edward and Bella. I say that because the guy is physically stuck at about 17 years old and was born around 100 years before the story is set. In addition to that, the girl has the option of becoming like her respective guy. Anyway, that’s just what I think.

Edward, Bella, Jesse, Winnie

Loreena McKennitt vs. Kathy Griffin

I was watching a Loreena McKennit concert clip recently and I thought to myself that she reminds me of Kathy Griffin. I think that it is is that they are both redheads and have similar face structures. I also think that it’s also the fact that they’re both of Irish descent. Anyway, that’s what I think.

Loreena McKennitt and Kathy Griffin

Sanjaya Malakar vs. Joe Jonas

I was watching Kathy Griffin’s She’ll Cut A Bitch recently, and the part where she talked about the Taylor Swift/Joe Jonas made me think. What got me thinking was when she was talking about how Sanjaya from American Idol and Joe Jonas look very similar. I have to agree. They both have a full head of hair and bushy eye brows. Anyway, yeah.

Sanjaya Malakar and Joe Jonas

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