Monday, June 16, 2008

Censorship or parental guidance?

The Golden Compass author Philip Pullman is leading a campaign to block publishers' plans to introduce age guidance limits on books - insisting the proposals would be "damaging" to young readers. Pullman is at the forefront of a group of authors and illustrators who are all unhappy about the plans. The new guidelines would see children's books stamped with age limits, in a similar way to the guidance ratings given to movies. Pullman has started an online petition to try and stop the new rules being introduced by publishers, insisting the proposals are "ill-conceived and damaging to the interests of young readers".

I've had one customer take issue with Pullman's books for religious reasons and for "protecting the children." Please. The classics are full of frightful child endangerment, dead or absentee parents (oh, the authors loved a dead mother and an absent or clueless father). If you don't agree with a book, don't buy it. Leave the rest of us alone.

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