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10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons

Writing is a means of communicating thoughts. Long before social media came about and everyone started sharing memes of situations that apparently everyone goes through. Back in the day, books were the only method of sharing unique, different and often taboo thoughts. And it comes as no surprise that the government would want to shut down any source that would challenge or change society’s programmed thoughts. Freedom of speech is something that was once fought for, thanks to many heroic leaders from the past, diverse literature is now no longer prohibited, yet longed for. It’s not surprising that some of these books are being taught in schools all around the world.

Here’s a list of some books that can now be found in every bookstore, but were once banned. Some of these books are easy for you to predict, while other books may sound quite shocking that they were prohibited from the public in the first place.

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

Based on the corruption in Soviet Russia, one of Orwell’s masterpieces was banned in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) since it’s publishing up until the 1980’s. The books has been used for readings in many schools around the country.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Probably one of the weirdest on this list. The book was banned in China in 1931 after the governor of Hunan stated that animals and humans should never be put on the same level. As some of the main characters in the book are animals and speak the human language.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
The Diary of a young girl by Anne Frank (1947)

A captivating real-life diary of a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II. It’s a raw, documented real life story that makes you feel sympathetic that any human had to go through those experiences. The book is still seen as an undecided manner by many organizations around the world.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

A controversial tale of a middle-aged man’s obsession with a 12-year-old girl. The concept in itself has seen its fair share of outrage back in the 1950’s. The book was banned in the UK, France, Belgium, and Argentina. However, the writing alone is praised and was and still is viewed as a masterpiece that it got adapted into not one but two movies.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

You’ve probably read this book in school a long time ago, and it was a re-furnished edition, as the original copy was banned by many countries for using the N- word around 242 times throughout the book. It is still acknowledged as one of the best American novels ever written, regardless of the fact of its use of racism and other matters quite negatively.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

A book loved and hated equally by its readers. This is one book that has seen one of the biggest outrages since its publication in 1951. Following a teenage antagonist’s journey as he travels around the U.S. The book was reviewed as vulgar and demoralizing by some.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

The bestselling novel was banned in Lebanon as it received negative views from readers regarding Christianity. Regardless, the book has made worldwide success and has a few blockbusting movies starring Tom Hanks to its name. Plus a few other books in the series.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
The Handmaids' Tale by Margret Atwood (1986)

Set in a dystopian world in a futuristic and fascist American state, the book was viewed as offensive, brutal and demoralizing of women. The book was banned in Texas, USA, even though it has won multiple awards and will soon have its own TV series by the same name in 2017.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (2005)

The novel about a girl falling in love with a vampire. The series has been requested by many people to be banned from US libraries and schools for its use of contradicting religious beliefs. But, it’s pretty much clear why anyone would want this catastrophic piece of literature to be banned from existence.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (1997)

The world of wizardry has gained both praise and criticism. Parents and school boards from around the world has viewed their opinions that the books, along with its themes of death and evil, promote beliefs in witchcraft.

10 Books That Were Banned For Weird Reasons

As it seems, if a book is facing critical outrage, then the book has something good to offer. All the books listed above are now publicly accessible. You probably read a few of them. In the end, it’s all about people opinions, rather than following the crowd. Make your own one and back up your statement.