Every person has a different choice when it comes to selecting books and authors have the right to work on whichever subject they want but then out of nowhere some books get banned for absurd reasons. Who would have thought that a children’s book on witches would seem offensive to some people or a book that talks about the reality of women would turn out to be unrealistic to some others. Absurdity doesn’t end here. Sometimes the books have been banned for their overtly mature content. Judy Blume once said, “Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you’ve got to fight it”.
Here is a list of some of those books that got banned.
1. The Witches- By Roald Dahl
“A witch is always a woman. I do not wish to speak badly about women. Most women are lovely. But the fact remains that all witches are women. There is no such thing as a male witch.” Certain lines like these resulted the ban of the book in some libraries of England as the lines were perceived as Monogyny.
2. Harriet The Spy- By Louise Fitzhugh
The children’s tale which showcased the story of a girl who used to spy on her friends and had to face consequences was apparently banned because it was acclaimed to be spoiling the kids by setting a bad example.
3. 1984- By George Orwell
Ironically, this book highlights the ill-effects of totalitarianism and was against the suppression of speech and yet, the book got banned for its explicit sexual content and alleged pro-communist themes whereas some people also reviewed the book as an attack against Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Ruler’s “midnight purges”.
4. Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret- By Judy Blume
A book that talks about the reality of the lives of all girls was banned for no reason. The controversy happened because Judy Blume, in her book has talked about a girl who got her first period in sixth grade. The book was called as “sexually offensive”, “immoral” and “profane”. Seems like, people just don’t like to acknowledge that this really happens to all the girls.
5. Twelfth Night- By William Shakespeare
A part of the plotline in which a girl, disguised as a boy falls in love with another boy was found inappropriate by the education system of a school in New Hampshire as, to them, it seemed like violating the profound lifestyle. It also meant that teachers, of that particular district, were forbidden from talking about homosexuality.
6. The Great Gatsby- By F. Scott Fitzgerald
This classic tale seemed innocent but certain people got offended with the usage of mild words like “damn” and “son-of-a-bitch” and alleged it of profanity and sexual references.
7. Where’s Waldo- By Martin Hanford
This children’s book series that engaged readers into finding Waldo, the man in the red and white striped shirt, unfortunately got banned because readers could find the “hidden” adult pictures and that of “topless sunbathers” which they found offensive to the children’s genre.
8. Gone With The Wind- By Margaret Mitchell
This Civil War Epic which is considered to be one of the most beloved novels was banned by a school in California for the immoral behavior of its lead character and for portraying the slaves in antebellum South.
9. Little Red Riding Hood- By Charles Perrault
The 1987 version of this book which was adapted from the original fairy tale was banned because Little Red Riding Hood was shown carrying a bottle of wine in her basket. Yes! That was the only reason behind banning this beloved tale.
10. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer- By Mark Twain
This book was banned for the reason that librarians found Mr. Sawyer a “questionable” protagonist in terms of his moral character as the decisions he took were bad and incorrect. They also found the language used to be foul and repellant.