Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Halloween Meme

The wind blows bitter through the last of the autumn leaves, time to huddle by the fire a spell, clutching a cup of steaming tea (coffee or cider you choose your poison) soon all manner of ghosts and goblins will be ranging the streets in search of sickeningly sweet treats. Time for a Halloween Meme (the questions of which I compiled from a few different meme floating about the tinterwebs)....

What is your favorite work of horror fiction?

What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?

Who is your favorite monster?

What horror movie gives you the most chills?

What character from any horror film would you most like to play?

Freddy or Jason?

What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Ghosts or goblins?

Friendly-faced jack o’lantern or scary one?

What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?

Favorite Halloween costume?

Best thing about Halloween?

Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?

Are you superstitious? If so, name at least one superstition of yours.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October drabble prompts

The drabble prompts for October are anything to do with Halloween:

scary movies (and crappy ones too)
candy addiction
psycho axe murdering fiends
grime and gore

all the fun stuff!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week, a time to celebrate the freedom to read. There shouldn't be a need to have a Banned Books Week but unfortunately there are thousands of books that have been burned, banned and continue to get challenged by individuals, groups and governments that find them offensive.

The books we read expand our minds, and make us the people we are. Books have always been an important part of my life, I can still remember my dad reading me stories when I was small, some of the books have been challenged. Every Christmas and Birthday I would be more excited about the books I received than the toys and clothes I got. One Christmas my dad gave me a copy of A light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, I sat in a nest of torn wrapping paper and read my brand new book of poetry from cover to cover.

Literary exploration is so important, I read a book a night to my son, stories and poetry, including some of the very same books that my father gave me, books that have been Challenged, and Banned. I fear for the future, if these books that shaped me became banned and children and young adults the world over could not read them.

Books that have been Banned or Challenged at some point are not all masterful works of literature, but that is the magic of books and the stories they tell of history and unknown worlds to explore. I have read quite a few books on the Banned list, and not all of them I loved but they did make me think and I was glad to have read them.

The following list of some of the Banned Books I have read:
currently I'm reading 1984 by George Orwell for my Book Group, I have a huge stack of books to read though but I plan on getting a more Banned Books on the Book Group Reading list.

Question Authority and Read Banned Books!

a few links:
the ILA: Books Challenged and Banned in 2008 2009 a pdf
The American Library Association has a list of Banned and Challenged books
the School Collection list of Challenged Children's Books
Amazon list of recently Banned and Challenged Books
Amazon list of 100 Banned and Challenged Books