NEW YORK – Stephenie Meyer, the hottest 作者 for young people since J.K. Rowling, has a new link to the creator of "Harry Potter": a place high on the 一覧 of 本 most complained about によって parents and educators.
Meyer's multimillion-selling "Twilight" series was ranked No. 5 on the annual レポート of "challenged books" released Wednesday によって the American としょうかん, ライブラリ Association. Meyer's stories of ヴァンパイア and teen romance have been criticized for sexual content; a としょうかん, ライブラリ association official also thinks that the "Twilight" series reflects general unease about スーパーナチュラル stories.
"Vampire novels have been a target for years and the `Twilight' 本 are so immensely 人気 that a lot of the concerns people have had about ヴァンパイア are focused on her books," says Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Christian groups for years have protested the themes of wizardry in Rowling's books, which don't appear on the current 上, ページのトップへ 10.
Topping the 2009 chart was Lauren Myracle's "IM" series, novels told through instant messages that have been criticized for nudity, language and drug references. Last year's No. 1 book, "And Tango Makes Three," によって Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, is now No. 2, cited again for its story about two male penguins adopting a baby. Third was Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," for which the many reasons include drugs, suicide, homosexuality and being antifamily.
Also cited were such perennials as J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" (sexual content, language), Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" (language, racism), Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" (sexual content, language) and Robert Cormier's "The チョコレート War" (nudity, language, sexual content).
The ALA recorded 460 challenges in 2009, a drop from 513 the 年 before, and 81 本 actually being removed. The ALA defines a challenge as a "formal, written complaint filed with a としょうかん, ライブラリ または school requesting that materials be removed becauseof content または appropriateness."
For every challenge tallied, about four または five end up unreported, according to the ALA.