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Banned Books Week 2010

September 27, 2010

Below is a link to the top 10 most challanged books in the U.S. Library system.

Several interesting arguments about why is a book banned: Is it good or bad for a book (think about the negative publicity)? What reasons do we give for finding one book more offensive than another? Who decides whether or not a book is suitable for a certain age, especially if a book is written about that age group?

There are a few books here that have always been complained about, and that is part of what makes them classic, in particular Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. I don’t think that many of these books will be on this same list in ten years time but there is a very good chance that these two will always be there or floating close to it.

Stephenie Meyer joins ranks of ‘most challenged’ authors

The Twilight books are among the books that have received most calls to be banned from from US libraries

Queen of teen vampire romance Stephenie Meyer has topped every bestseller chart going but she has now made it onto a less coveted chart, after her Twilight books joined the ranks of those most frequently requested to be banned from US libraries

Meyer’s novels, about the romance between a human teenage girl and a vampire, came fifth on the American Library Association’s list of books which people tried hardest to ban in the last year. This is the first time the Mormon author’s novels have appeared in the line-up – JK Rowling and Philip Pullman are both veterans of the list – with complaints about both their level of sexual explicitness and their “religious viewpoint”.

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There will always be controversial books to be read. Here is a list of many other controversial books that have battled it out with time and have fortunately taken their rightful places as literary classics:

  1. Animal Farm & Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  2. Candide by Voltaire
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  9. Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I could keep adding books, but to save myself the time here is probably the most comprehensive and relevant list that I could find online. This list keeps things focused and organised as opposed to others which just list them alphabetically.

Happy reading 🙂



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