Saturday, December 10, 2005

Librarians Beware

You've gotta keep an eye on that manga.

Parents of a girl in Orange County, Fla., were shocked to discover that a comic book featuring adult-themed topics, like swinging and drugged and raped girls, was checked out by the 11-year-old at a library, according to a Local 6 News report.

The controversial Japanese comic book is part of a series that can be found in the young adult collection at the Orange County Library's Southeast Branch.

Local 6 News reported that the comic titled "Peach Girl" is about a young girl drugged by her friends and then set up to be raped.

"As I was going through it, I said, 'Oh my God, do parents know what their kids are reading?'" mother Raynelle White said.

One of the comics found by Problem Solver Nancy Alvarez featured parents who swap spouses.

"That's swinging and this is a girl no older than my daughter," parent Travis White said.

"Sex, drugs and violence are the themes in this series published by TokyoPop," Alvarez said.

White believes no one looked past the cover of the comic and it is time that things changed at the library.


Zack said...

What are Problem Solvers and how are they different than Pros Who Know?

C said...

It sure is a good thing it's filed correctly in the YA section. and not with the picture books.

cyshas said...

Wow. that was a bit of an exaggeration. I picked up a Piers Anthony book in high school, where the girl actualy was raped and suicidal....maybe manga needs to be put in the fiction section instead o YA? Or even better, my library has a sci-fi/fantasy section, it could go into.

Kenny said...

Well, that's high school. But it's still a good point. People get so worked up about TV, movies and video games that they forget that books tend to have naughty things in them too. Sometimes naughtier than the aforementioned media.

People freak out over comics (in the past and, apparently, again now) because they have the idea that it's a sanitized medium when that was never necessarily the case--at least, not until alarmists forced it to be sanitized under the comics code from roughly the fifties to the seventies. Like books, bad things happen in comics. And the things mentioned in Peach Girl are not uncommon in the Young Adult section these days.