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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?
It was VC Andrews all the way for me.  My mom read Flowers in the Attic and then announced that we were not allowed.  Silly mom.  I think I was all of 8 or 9 at the time, but forbidden fruit is the sweetest, so I snuck it off the shelf and read it.  Yeah, there was sex in the VC Andrews book and yes, it was incestuous (*GASP*!), but I don't think it has warped me.  Later on, in high school, I went out of my way to get banned book lists and read every one that I could get my hands on.  I'm just a rebel at heart, I guess.

The mom also tried to censor us from Roots (again, I was 8'ish).  And I remember that she fell asleep and my sister and I snuck out into the living room and watched it anyway.  There's a scene in the beginning, where Kunta Kinte's mother finds his drum and knows that he's been taken, so she wails her heartbreak to the empty trees (gutwrenching!) and my sister and I were waving our hands at the TV saying, "Shhhhh!"  Don't know why the volume button didn't occur to us.

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