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The Social Impact of Alvin Schwartz’ "Scary Stories"
What is Banned Books Week anyway? Banned Books Week was launched in in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Having grown up in a funeral home, I knew this held no validity but still felt that thrill of the forbidden, the unknown. Who knows?
I have a B. I've been a Goth since age fourteen, and a Pagan since age fifteen. It was there that he would immerse himself in the genre. Throughout the search, he kept note of similar threads before he began to write:. In the process of accumulating everything on a subject, I begin setting aside things that I particularly like. What's interesting is that eventually patterns emerge.
You may or may not remember it—but at one point or another in your childhood, you encountered Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Maybe you happened to find it on a school library shelf. Maybe you passed it around at a sleepover. Or maybe, like me, you got a copy from a friend on the playground, and were challenged to prove you mettle by reading it cover-to-cover—with a flashlight, under a blanket, in the middle of the night—before passing it along to the next brave reader. All along, the whispers about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark being banned from so many libraries— a rumor later backed up by the American Library Association , which called it the most challenged book of the s—only made it more intimidating and more precious. The memetic, almost viral way Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark spread across elementary schools across America was uniquely suited to the material, because the book—and its subsequent sequels, More Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones —were largely adaptations of folk tales and urban legends, which had been spreading the same way for years. It has been 35 years since the first Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was published, and it's clearer than ever that author Alvin Schwartz's brilliance wasn't creating stories.
The series would become a preteen cult classic and among the most banned or challenged books of the following decades. Alvin Schwartz, the author and adapter behind the Scary Stories trilogy, actually began his career as a journalist , writing for The Binghamton Press from to
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Questions & Answers
Remember those books that were always checked out at the local library in the s? Prepare to know more. The books quickly became well known in elementary school libraries for the black and white illustrations of Stephen Gammell. Are they really that scary? That story is illustrated by a pair of rotting feet coming down a chimney to suggest an entire disembodied corpse dropping down a chimney. When you were a child, this translated to terrifying.