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Writer's Block: Forbidden Reading

From Judy Blume to V.C. Andrews, there's always a book circulating among teens that their parents don't want them to read. What favorite book did you have to hide from your parents?

Never had to hide anything from my parents. My mom is a librarian, and saw no reason to censor what I was reading. If she thought something was objectionable, she would tell me why she thought so, but not tell me I couldn't read it.

I read at college level in junior high. Mom didn't have a problem with me reading stuff like V.C. Andrews as long as I read more substantial stuff!

I read anything I could get my hands on. *confession time* The folks I baby sat for when I was in high school had a bunch of books like "Joy of Sex" and Dr. Ruth stuff...very accessible. I learned quite a bit from those babysitting jobs...O_o (and Mom had been in their house, so she knew what was on their shelves...) Seriously, though, if it was a book, I would read it. And my parents had no problem with that.


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Oct. 20th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
The only book I remember being forbidden to read was a book by Emil Zola...I don't remember the title. I was twelve years old, and when I brought the book to ask, may I read this...my father took it, dropped it, and shook his hands, saying...ooh! too hot to read...:D

I waited til I was 18, read the book, and found it to be horribly boring. I figured out why they thought it unsuitable, though...if we lived in the Victorian Age, it would have seemed to be full of uncensored sex...mostly, it was extremely dulls-ville...:D
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that the "answer" button is working properly for me (I've never answered a poll that required text input before, and it looks like it's going to post my response to my LJ instead of yours), so I'll answer here:

I can't think of any book I ever had to hide; but my parents (and other relatives) bought me all of my books, anyway. But I can't think of a time when I said I wanted a book that they said no. The same thing went for the library - I don't remember either of them ever refusing to let me check out any particular book.

That being said, I probably could have done a better job of hiding my porn from my father, but I was 19 and in university at the time, so I don't think that really counts for the purposes of this poll.
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