This week is Banned Book Week, so I thought I’d share my favourite books that have been banned (for various reasons) and why you should read them anyway.
In no particular order:
1. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Why it was banned: “Banned in Lebanon for portraying Jews, Israel, or Zionism favourably” (source)
Why to read it anyway: This is a definite must read. I read it in high school, and was in a play version of it. I think it’s probably one of the most important pieces of literature you could read.
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Why it was banned: It was banned and the author was prosecuted for “offences against public morals” (source)
Why to read it anyway: I originally read it because it was mentioned on The O.C., and I’m glad I did. It was a great read, really interesting.
3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Why it was banned: it was considered “too radical” (source)
Why to read it anyway: I read it in junior high school as part of my English class, but it was one of my favourite books from all of high school. It was an interesting perspective, and I’d definitely recommend it.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why it was banned: Religious viewpoint, unsuitable to age group (source)
Why to read it anyway: Other than to know what is happening in the movies before it happens? I enjoyed the series because it was a fairly easy read, but I loved how it was written, and I loved reading a more “action” type of book from a girl’s perspective.
5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Why it was banned: For being occult/satanism (source)
Why to read it anyway: How could you not??? I mean really! The movies don’t show ANYTHING and barely make sense. Read the books because there is so much more to it than a school of witches and wizards. WAY more. And there is absolutely no satanism in there what? SO good!!
What are your favourite banned books?