Introduction to Reimaginings

In honor of Banned Books Week – September 18th through September 24th, I thought I would do something different this year. I have read a number of books on these lists, and I have spoken out about banning books in past blog posts. I usually discuss totalitarian governments and mention oppression of ideas – topics I am extremely passionate about. I have discussed censorship and the American concept of freedom of speech.

But this year, I have decided to do something different. I chose to highlight a few of the most frequently banned books mentioned by Paste Magazine as some of the most frequently banned and should be read, according to their article from February 2022. I am going to attempt to ignore my previous knowledge of these books and not let them bias me as I attempt to either write a short scene (or even story, if my schedule permits it) or a poem, based on their title alone. Again, I’m hoping to not let my own knowledge of these books affect the fiction or poetry I will write.

I hope you will enjoy my writings this week.

Original Titles, Authors, & Covers
Maus – Art Spiegelman
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Looking for Alaska – John Green

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