Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Alyson Noël Speaks Out
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of eight contemporary novels, the Immortals series containing six books, and a spin-off series the first being Radiance. She is liveing in Laguna Beach, CA where she is working on her next book. Listen to Alyson as she speak out:
1. What is your opinion of book censorship?
There is so much to say on the subject, but in the interest of brevity I’ll just say that it’s sad, wrong, and has the potential to cause great harm by keeping powerful stories from those who need them the most.
2. What would you do if any of your books were banned/challenged?
Well there’s always that fear of inadvertently giving the book banner an even bigger voice by focusing on it, but book banning is wrong and so I would do what I could to fight it.
3. What do you think is the biggest problem with the censoring books?
That it keeps books out of the hands of those who really need them.
As an adolescent my life was difficult, full of hardship, and confusing to navigate, reading CATCHER IN THE RYE (one of the most banned books of all time) helped me make sense of my own feelings of isolation and alienation—it provided a beacon of hope when I needed it most, and I’m grateful my school made it available to me.
4. What are some of your favorite banned books and why?
CATCHER IN THE RYE, A SEPARATE PEACE, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, FOREVER, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, THE HANDMAID’S TALE . . .all of these books feature strong protagonists struggling to navigate their way through a difficult world—all of these books left a profound and positive impression on me.
Thank you Alyson for doing this interview and supporting banned books!