Banned Books Week Prompts

As many of you know, this week is banned books week. This means that every year there are books that the American Library Association deem as inappropriate to read whether it be topic, sexuality, profanity, etc. There also are challenged books which are books that people recommend to be banned…the banning of ideas.

Some ideas change the world and other ideas do nothing. Reading something does not necessetate that the person who reads the book will become a dictator, murderer, etc. Some people just take the idea into them and move on to the next book. Some people read books and are so appaled that they start counter movements, par example, Lolita. Some books inspire people to go out and dominate other nations: the Nazi-edited verisons of Nietzsche’s works. Which is worse, having an idea or acting on the idea?

In honor of banned books week, I came up with some writing prompts to get your minds going.


1) You are talking to one of your friends about human history and as the conversation progresses, you discover that your friend knows nothing about evolution. Your friend even denies the existance of dinosaurs! What do you say next?

2)If you were given the option, would you ban Playboy Magazine? Why?


Keep positive, and keep on writing!

Ariel Ceylan