NPR Judges Drop Ender’s Game for Violence

Violence Isn’t Appropriate for YA Readers

The past few weeks Ender fans have been hard at work nominating Ender’s Game for NPR’s annual summer reading list. Last year Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card topped third on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy booklist, this year Ender’s Game won’t even make it on the list as NPR has decided to cut Ender’s Game from the polls. They write,

“ The judges cut Ender’s Game for the same reason — Ender himself is young, but the book’s violence isn’t appropriate for young readers.”

Apparently NPR doesn’t believe Ender’s Game is appropriate for readers aged 10-12. Do you agree with their decision? Should 10 to 12-year-olds be reading Ender’s Game? The producers of the Ender’s Game movie  will have to make a similar decision in the near future when they decided on a maturity rating for the film.

If you would still like to vote in NPR’s poll, click here.

  • http://ibmiller.livejournal.com/ Ian Miller

    Apparently, genocide was worse than the explicit violence of The Hunger Games…

    What makes their inconsistency worse is they explicitly said the list was for 12-18-year-olds.

  • Tiny genius

    What a pile of smeg. It’s not like 12-18-year-olds aren’t subjected to images and texts about violence on a daily basis. Video games, movies, books and everything else are full of violence and often senseless. At least there is a point to and reason for the violence in Ender’s Game.