January 4, 2011
Huckleberry Finn ... CENSORED?
The derogatory terms that Twain uses in the novel will be removed and replaced with more appropriate and kid-friendly terms. By doing so, "more people, including young readers, will be able to enjoy it."
The novel was published in 1884. Why censor it now?
I'm not in favor of making this change, and I'm not in favor of censoring children. The novel is a classic - there's no need for it to change now, after being critically acclaimed for so long. Why strip it of its cultural aspects? If people don't want to read it, they don't have to read it. Of course there's been problems with Twain's language in the past, but that hasn't stopped people from reading his work.
I'm just very against censoring books. And I'm more against this because it's happening now, 127 years after its publication! How crazy is that? Why should today's children be banned and/or sheltered from reading what past generations were able to?
What do you guys think? How do you feel about censorship, particularly about classics such as this? Do you think it's necessary/unnecessary?
If you're interested in all the details, you can read the article here.