I noticed something recently…and I hope some colleagues here can shed some light on an area of censorship.
We have all heard (and some may have taken part in) the debate of Harry Potter and its ‘potential dark influence’ to younger readers. Often cited are Harry’s breaking all manner of rules, of learning how to do magic, and having an actual school of WITCHcraft and wizardry.
Yet…I can remember years ago reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘Wizard of Earthsea’ books, and they have many of the same elements. A main character who flirts with the rules. Who spends time learning magic words. And who attends a magic school and is instructed further. Yet…I have never heard Earthsea attacked or asked to be removed from shelves. Is this due to the numerous literary awards granted to it? A Newberry renders it ‘safe’ to the overly-conservative?
There may be other fantasy series that fit as well, but Earthsea is most prominent in my mind at the moment.
Feedback and insight is welcome!