"Rage" by Stephen King, and my opinion on banned books
Charlie Decker is a young boy who one day shoots his two teachers, and takes his entire class hostage in the midmorning of a New England high school.
This book takes you through not just Charlie's feelings and experiences, and what made him “rage” but also the experiences of his classmates and the rage they all have inside. What is rage? And how did rage get him this far, to the edge of the cliff where there is no way back?
I did NOT expect to like this book at all. This book was not banned, but it was put off the shelves YEARS ago, and taken out of print, after it was judged that the book had been a inspiration to four different real life school-shootings.
I read some different articles about all of this before actually reading the book, and I expected this book to be haunting and provocative considering the fact that it caused so much controversy in the US.
In general, I am not a fan of the censor of books, and I think USA has a bad tendency towards banning everything that is just a tiny bit controversial.
Maybe it is because I was broad up in a country that is proud to say that everyone has “the freedom of speech”, no matter what they may say. Here we don’t censor books, movies or music. No “biip” sounds to censor inappropriate words in rap songs, and if you want to paint and publish a picture of the Islamic prophet with a bomb in his turban, you are very much allowed to (then you can always discuss whether or not this is okay, afterwards).
When you start banning books that is not even horrible bad and extreme books, books that should not be thought to “plant bad thoughts” inside people’s heads, I think you are going to far.
I will for the life of me never understand why anyone felt the need to ban books and cause controversy over books such as “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “1984” by George Orwell or “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, which is all great great books. When you get to that point of censorship, I think you are going to far.
Why is it that we ban books?
Is it that we do not want the population of our country to think for ourselves?
Or do we believe that the censorship of books will keep all this “bad things” away from people? If they don’t read about it, they’ll never know?
“Rage” by Stephen King is a very well written book, and I really appreciated the length of this book. Stephen King wrote this when still in high school, which I find to be extremely scary and well done
Even the ending of this book was great, in my opinion, because this book could so easily have gone wrong by a bad ending, but it didn't, and I like how Charlie Decker is viewed as what he is. He is a human, and I think it is highly positive that the books portrait him as so, instead of just portraying him as a crazy psychotic murderer. What he, and other school shooters, do is of course never okay and very very horrible, but I like to read the background of these people instead of just reading about how horrible the act was.
In my opinion, you should ban guns not books, because I don't believe in the use of gun, at least not when it is not under serious enforcements.
And if you get the chance to read this gem of a book, I would definitely recommend you do so.
Other links about "Rage" and the opinion on banning books
- Jane Friedman: Banning Books Is Censorship
Let's celebrate Banned Books Week by reading many of these books that have been unfairly censored.
- Rage - Stephen King Wiki
Rage is the third book published by Stephen King; it is his third novel, and the first written...
- Stephen King Pulls 'Rage' From Bookshelves Citing 'Possible Accelerant' F
Stephen King has injected himself into the American debate over gun control with a new essay titled “Guns.” The 25-page essay includes possible solutions to the mass-shooting epidemic that has plagued the nation but also announces King’s decision to
- The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books (PHOTOS, POLL)
Even though it's not banned books week, the issue of censorship is ever-present, and while going through the list, we found those that didn't surprise us (Howard Stern's "Private Parts," "The New Joy of Gay Sex," Judy Blume's "Are You There, God? It'
- Banned Books Online