Stephen King’s The Dead Zone has been a bestseller, but it has also been banned or challenged. The Dead Zone is about an average man named John Smith. Things were going great for him, until he was in a car accident, which caused him to go into a coma for five and a half years. After he came out of the coma, he gained the ability to see the future. Throughout the book, you see John trying to regain what he once had. All of Stephen King’s books have received outstanding critical acclaim. Several of his books have even won the World Fantasy Award (Marwick). The Dead Zone should not be banned at the High School and Mid-High levels.
Some reasons that the book has been challenged are language, violence, and explicit sexual content. The book was first challenged in the early 1980’s. It was challenged in many school districts across America. Although, Stephen King is a praised author, many of his books have been challenged or banned. Some people may not want their children reading challenged or banned books, such as his:
The plaintiffs believe that the law unconstitutionally criminalizes First Amendment protected speech describing or depicting violence, glamorizing crime or including foul language, as well as nudity or sexual content, whether sold, rented, loaned, presented or otherwise distributed to teenagers by retailers within Ohio (“Ohio”).
This novel shouldn’t be challenged at the High School or Mid-High levels. Students grades 7th through 12th deal with language, violence, and explicit sexual content almost every day. Graphic TV programs have more explicit content than what is in this novel. Most video games have more violence, than what is depicted in this novel. High-school students watch fights on their cell phones, which is probably more violent than what is in this novel. Students around this age would be able to handle this novel. “According to the American Library Association , Stephen King is one of the most... [continues]
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