Well, to be honest I've never actually participated in anything to do with the week, but I do take pride in reading the books. In fact, as a writer I think I would take a certain amount of pride in having people try to ban something I write. It would mean I was saying something.
My high school had a science fiction class, which I took during my junior year. (More than 10 years later, I still think that's cool.) It was an excellent class, and introduced me to many great pieces of literature. But the thing I remember most about that class was something the teacher told us one day: "If you haven't offended someone, you haven't really said anything." I don't believe he was the originator of this quote, but he is the person who introduced it to me, and it had a profound effect on me which has lasted to this day. People get offended by things, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth saying. Sometimes it means they're worth saying even more.
The sad thing is that I don't even remember this teacher's name. I should probably go check out my yearbook--since he had such an impact on me, I owe him that much. Hang on...
It was Mr. Ron Elms. Thank you, Mr. Elms!
One of my facebook friends posted this article yesterday, about libel lawsuits that kill books far more efficiently than trying to ban them. It's worth reading for any author--and readers as well. It's a good idea to make dramatic changes to anyone living that you don't plan to show in a good light, or so it seems. But isn't that one of the great things about science fiction? You can imagine a horrible outcome to a current event, but place it so far into an exaggerated future that no one can really point fingers. In fact, if you do it right, people from all sides of the political/religious/scientific/whatever spectrum can look at it without taking offense, because if it's good they can claim people of their beliefs would bring it about, and if its bad they can blame it on people who don't agree with them. (George Orwell, anyone?)