Perks Should Be Banned By Julia Tomiak

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Another concerned parent, Jean-Pierre Bolat in Wallingford, Connecticut, stated that Perks should be banned because it is a “glorification of alcohol use and drugs. I don’t believe in censorship, but believe in appropriateness.” This raises another issue: who determines what age is appropriate content for this area. Of course the parents believe that they are first and foremost indicator on what educators should teach their children. In comparison, Julia Tomiak--a mother, blogger, and young adult fiction writer, takes this novel as a starting point for her children to create a discourse between her and her children. “I’m willing to put up with the edgy content because most of the characters are compelling and real, and the book honestly addresses …show more content…
The parents that do not want their children to be exposed to “graphic detail” of the novel, are possibly trying to either avoid the taboo subject of sex and violence or they do not want to jeopardize their children’s purity with the possible negative ramifications that the children might be subjected to. Yet, Tomiak wants to explore the issues discussed in the book in order to have a controlled conversation with her children, in order to explain to them what questions might arise after they are exposed to the content. Furthermore, with these two accounts from the parents, one can assume that they are not only worried about exposing their children to mature content, but that they are concerned that they will be unable to control what they children are being exposed to. In the same vein as Johnsson, novels “that which is likely to operate so strongly, should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects” (Leitch 464). In this case, the novels that “operates so strongly” is “mischievous” because it deals with taboo subjects that clearly the parents are already uncomfortable with discussing. While I do not agree with this logic, the parents have a right to monitor what their children are exposed to. Their fears are centered around sending their children into the world where they are unaware of what they will be exposed to as …show more content…
However, according to Chbosky, the “bad” outweighs the “good” and wants to make intense topics deemed “dirty little secrets” to become discussed. Chbosky is trying to create a safe environment in order for teenagers who have had issues with the topics discussed in his book. Thus enabling the students to have an opportunity to create discourse in a safe environment such as the school room—at least that is his goal. In Truman State University in Missouri used the film during Mental Health Awareness week. Since the “book [serves] as an unparalleled aid for students dealing with depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts” (Reed “Consider Reinstating Perks of Being a Wallflower”), it is perfect to discuss in a high school because these are issues teenagers encounter. In the article, Reed, a concerned student and journalist, even explains about how two teenagers, one 14 and the other 17, had considered committing suicide before reading this novel. However, when they found a text they were able to relate to, they had reconsidered because it had changed their outlook on their current situation (Reed

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