This week we’re celebrating Banned Books! Here you can find more about this week, it stands for and some of my favourite prohibit books.
Created in 1982, Banned Books Week wants to bring awareness to books that were banned at some point in time but, most importantly, to freedom of reading. A vast majority of these books were banned because they were deemed unfitting to the beliefs and moral guides of that particular time, country or organisation.
This seems like something old fashioned but believe me, it’s not. Some of YA’s beloved books like Looking For Alaska, by John Green, and the book I’m currently reading, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth were included in some of those lists. Of course they don’t go out of print or are burned in the street like they used to but it’s a status looked down by some people still. Specially parents who still control what their children read.
Of course that most of these books are or seem like totally juicy stories. A good book is always an opinion stirrer, and probably controversial at some extent. Most of the classics we know today were once prohibited in some country or another, which is quite interesting. They went from that to classrooms, to be studied and allow youngsters to learn. It’s something really curious to think about.
Anyway, here are a few of my favourite banned classics and why they were once popular for the worst reasons.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell – Banned in Russia because Stalin understood it as a satire to his regime (clever boy).
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley – Banned in South Africa because of its “obscene” and “indecent” content.
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley – Banned in Ireland because of alleged references to sexual promiscuity.
- Lolita, by Vladimir Nobokov – Banned in France, the United Kingdom, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa because of “obscene” material.
- The Lord of The Rings trilogy, by J. R. R. Tolkien – Considered satanic by a church in America.
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – Banned because of the raw portrait of rape and racism.
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck – Considered offensive to christians, women and disable people.
Anyway, these are some my favourites, because to be honest, most of the books I’ve read were banned for some reasons or another. But, which are yours? It can be a classic or contemporary book. Please share them with me! One I’m really looking forward to read is Persepolis! But the list goes on and on.
I hope to see you soon! Have a good day.