‘The Thing’, by author Stephen King, was one of the bannedPhoto: reproduction/Internet
Published 11/09/2023 1:56 pm | Updated 11/09/2023 1:57 pm
The Santa Catarina government has drawn up a list of books that should be banned in schools in the state. The information was confirmed by Estadão this Wednesday, 8th. Last Tuesday (7th), the government distributed a circular letter ordering the removal of works from public schools.
In total, nine books appear on the list. Among them is a hit by Stephen King, It: The Thing. Also included are the works A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, which gave rise to the film directed by Stanley Kubrick, and 13 Whys, by Jay Asher, which generated a series on Netflix.
The list of books also includes The Devil’s Diary: The secrets of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazism’s greatest intellectual, which reveals details about Adolf Hitler’s extremist regime and the Third Reich. The titles Os 13 Whys, which revolves around the consequences of suicide, and A Química Entre Nós, which talks about love and sex from the perspectives of psychology and neuroscience, were also collected by the Santa Catarina Department of Education.
Check out all the titles:
> The chemistry between us (Larry Young and Brian Alexander)
> Satanic Heart (William Hjortsberg)
> Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
> Ed Lorraine Warren: demonologists – supernatural archive (Gerald Brittle)
> Exorcism (Thomas B. Allen)
> It: The thing (Stephen King)
> A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
> The 13 Whys (Jay Ascher)
> The Devil’s Diary: The Secrets of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazism’s Greatest Intellectual (Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney)
“We have determined that the works listed be removed from circulation and stored in a location not accessible to the school community. We will soon send new guidelines”, says the letter. The document is signed by the regional Education supervisor, Waldemar Ronssem Júnior, and the Regional Education integrator, Anelise dos Santos de Medeiros.
To Estadão, the Santa Catarina government advisor stated that the books were purchased and distributed in a previous administration, but are not in accordance with the current pedagogical schedule for the initial grades.
According to the agency, an elementary school child had taken one of these books home and the mother questioned its availability at the school.
Still according to the government, the collection would aim to remove them from the first years of elementary school and redistribute them to the final years and high school. The body did not present a deadline for this redistribution, but indicated that “it should be soon”.
On his social networks, governor Jorginho Mello criticized education at the federal level this Tuesday, 7th. The highlight was the National High School Exam (Enem). Mello stated that the “ideological agenda dominates the agenda in federal education”, at the same time that he said that “in SC we are preserving our values and investing heavily in the future of children and young people.” He did not talk about the list of books removed from the schools in your state.
See the synopses of the nine books banned in schools in Santa Catarina
The chemistry between us – Larry Young and Brian Alexander (Ed. Best Seller)
The book brings together neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine Larry Young and journalist Brian Alexander to unravel the “mysteries” of love. Together, the two make a compilation of everything science knows about topics involving love, passion and sex, such as physical attraction, jealousy and infidelity. The chemistry between us is published by Editora Best Seller.
Satanic Heart – William Hjortsberg (Ed. Darkside)
In 1987, the book was adapted in theaters starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. The work, considered one of the greatest classics of dark literature and William Hjortsberg’s most important novel, mixes horror and detective stories.
Coração Satânico was out of print in Brazil for a while, but was published again by Editora Darkside in 2017. In the book, the author combines suspense and themes considered ‘taboo’.
Donnie Darko – Richard Kelly (Ed. Darkside)
Donnie Darko gives its name to a famous film by Richard Kelly, released in 2001, but the book published by Editora Darkside is not the work that gave rise to the film. The book contains, in full, the original script with details of the film’s soundtrack, which includes songs by Tears For Fears and Echo and the Bunnymen.
The plot, which takes place on the eve of Halloween, tells the story of a teenager with symptoms of sleepwalking and schizophrenia. The protagonist escapes death after a plane engine crashes into his room and begins to hallucinate Frank
Ed & Lorraine Warren. Demonologists. Supernatural Files – Gerald Brittle (Ed. Darkside)
The book is a biography of couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators. The two gained several versions in pop culture and were portrayed in features such as The Conjuring, Annabelle and The Amityville Horror.
The work, also published by Darkside, promises to be “rich in details like no other”, as the author, Gerald Brittle, had exclusive access to the couple’s notes. Themes include accounts of poltergeists, haunted houses and demonic possession.
Exorcism – Thomas B. Allen (Ed. Darkside)
Exorcism, written by journalist Thomas B. Allen, tells the true story that gave rise to the classic The Exorcist, from 1973, directed by William Friedkin. The author, who had access to the diary that helped with the exorcism that inspired the film, narrates in detail what happened to Robert Mannheim, a 14-year-old North American boy. The work, published by Darkside, was praised by the couple Ed and Lorraine Warren.
It: The thing – Stephen King (Ed. Suma)
One of Stephen King’s greatest successes, the author considered the “master” of horror, It also inspired more recent film adaptations. The first was released in 2017 and the second in 2019. Both were produced by Warner
The plot begins in 1958 and follows a group of seven friends who begin to see a supernatural and evil being who, most of the time, takes the form of a clown. Thirty years later, the protagonists meet again and must face their fears and “the Thing” again. It: A Coisa is published by Editora Suma.
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (Ed. Aleph)
Another classic work that received a theatrical release, A Clockwork Orange gives its name to what is considered one of director Stanley Kubrick’s “masterpieces”. The book is also considered a dystopian classic and portrays a post-original world alongside works such as 1984, by George Orwell, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
The story focuses on a gang of teenagers who commit perversity and acts of violence amid an authoritarian government. The protagonist, Alex, is subjected to an experimental method of reconditioning criminal minds after committing a murder.
Kubrick’s film was based on American editions that suppressed the final chapter – editors believed that an ending without redemption for Alex was “more realistic”. The edition by Editora Aleph, however, includes the excluded part.
The 13 Whys – Jay Ascher (Ed. Ática)
The book inspired a series on Netflix produced by Selena Gomez in 2017. The plot tells the story of Hannah Baker, a teenager who committed suicide and sends tapes that would have to do with her death. The production of the streaming service generated a wide repercussion at the time of its launch, creating campaigns against suicide, bullying and in favor of combating depression.
The Devil’s Diary: The Secrets of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazism’s Greatest Intellectual – Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney (Ed. Record)
The Devil’s Diary contains records of Alfred Rosenberg, an important figure in Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. The book provides details about the Nazi regime in which Alfred was directly involved. It is published by Editora Record.