Books get banned for all sorts of reasons. Today and the rest of this week I will be sharing book lists full of great books that have been banned or attempted to have been banned for ridiculous reasons.
Today, our group of trouble maker books may look like classics, and you may have already read most of them, but they just can't get along with the religious groups.
How many of these 9 religious trouble makers have you read?
Was banned b/c animals talk in the story and that places animals on the same level as humans. This is insulting to God according to some.
The bible was banned b/c of it's religious content. Now, I've only read 3/4 of the Bible, but I'm pretty sure the whole idea of the book is religious content.
One summer in undergrad I worked at Barnes and Noble, it was a great gig. That summer I learned the Bible is the most shoplifted book. You know, the book that says, "Thou shall not steal." is stolen the most. Funny or sad? However, maybe the justify the stealing.
This Newbery Honor book is fantastic. It introduces kids to new vocabulary, makes some people cry, and is a beautiful story of friendship. However, in the U.K. this book was banned b/c it might offend people. Seriously, they thought Wilbur, the pig, could possibly offend Muslims. Thank goodness the Muslim Counsel of Britain asked the book to be put back on the shelves.
This book is the first book in His Dark Materials series. It was banned for religious content, but many people consider this book to be the anti-Narnia book, or at least the stark opposite to the Narnia series. Some say that Pullman wrote it in contrast to Narnia b/c he felt Narnia was too obviously religious. However, I consider it a good series for different reasons from Lewis's Narnia series.
When I was in college I bought this book for my little sister as a present; my mom was hesitant to let her read it b/c she had heard it was about witches and wizards. I informed my mom it was a fantastic book more about friendship, courage, hard work, and bravery. She let my sister read it, and even my mom read it later.
Harry Potter was banned and attempted to be banned b/c religious groups felt it was about sorcery and witchcraft. I personally feel books are often asked to be banned even though the group or individual has never read the book. I struggle to understand how a group can insist on censoring a book from everyone even though they don't truly know the book.
There is some intense parts in this book; there is a lot of action and a lot of violence in this book. If this book were to be banned one would've logically thought it'd be for the violence. However, the logic behind banning books from everyone has never made sense to me.
The Hunger Games was actually banned b/c of its religious viewpoint. Religious viewpoint is definitely what we all think of when we read this book. ;)
This book was banned for religious content. Shocking I'm sure. I personally think, which is why it's one of the books on this list, it's a great book and a good series.
This adorable sweet book was banned int he U.K. b/c there are talking animals and that is offensive to God b/c it places animals on the same level as humans. Um, that's a bit of stretch especially since the book is about stuffed animals.
The banning of this book is a bit silly to me. It was thought that this book had no value to children and was theologically impossible b/c it had good witches. First, since when is a book of no value to children. The reading, or listening to a book alone has huge benefit on brain development and language development. Now to the other reason, the theologically impossible statement just makes me laugh. Seriously?!? I can't make this stuff up. It's just funny to me.
Please say you at least chuckled reading a few of these reasons. If you don't laugh at the ridiculousness of it all it might make you cry. It's always better to laugh; I sure did.
I have also read all 9 (well most of the Bible) of these trouble makers; you?
Happy Banned Book reading! Definitely check some of them out, if you haven't read them.