“Greetings. François Ambrose here. As many of you know, I make my living as a writer, so the annual topic of Banned Books Week speaks directly and closely to me. I have made it my mission to rescue these poor unfortunate works from their dire fates by re-writing them, making them more acceptable in these troubled times in which we all live. It’s not an easy job, but someone has to do it, and I happily step up every year to do my part to make sure no book is left behind.
“To that end, surely all of you know some poor, misguided banned book in need of restructure and rewrite. Maybe it’s a great classic. Maybe it’s a modern work. But here, none are turned away from lack of need. Wont you please help?”
One of the things I enjoy most with this strip is Doc’s annual “family-friendly” rewrites of books on the list of the Banned. In the past, he’s tackled The Color Purple, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, and Fifty Shades of Grey, amoung many others. This year, he’d like your help: what book on the list do you think needs the Doc Ambrose treatment to make it more socially acceptable? For a list of works that have, for whatever reason, made it onto such a list, click here. Pick one, and then put your choice in the comments below, along with your feelings about why you chose this book in particular. Then, starting Monday, in the Posts section here, we’ll look at them and see what needs to be done to make them… you know… right.
Just remember: banning a book doesnt mean it’s bad. It’s just a book in need of help, of a bit of compassion, so that no book can go through life unread for fear of offending delicate sensibilities.