Banned books are a printed work, essay, poem, novel, or novella prohibited by law. A form of censorship occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes.
WHY BOOKS GET BANNED?
There are various reasons for banning a book however the most common are racial issues, encouraging racism, violence and damaging lifestyle.Books with content that include violence are often banned or censored. Some books have also been deemed too negative or depressing and have been banned or censored as well.
In some cases children’s books are viewed to have “inappropriate” themes for the age level at which they are written for. Many books that have been banned or censored later were dropped from banned books lists and were no longer considered controversial.
WHO DECIDES TO BAN BOOKS?
The process of banning a book begins with the individual who is issuing the challenge. Once a challenge is made, the institution in question can either ban the book from the premises, or deny the challenge. Bans are done on an institutional basis, which means if a book is banned in one library, it is not banned in all others
BANNED BOOKS AND REASONS
To kill a mockingbird was banned and challenged for racial slurs. It’s perception on the colored experience, featuring a white survivor, it had negative effects on students. The major conflict is it exposes the evil side of human nature.
Of Mice and Men usually is on the banned list put out by American Library Association. It has been banned because of the vulgarity, and its treatment of women. Even in the twenty-first century, the book is still being challenged. Challenges include profanity, morbid and saddening themes.
The reason is cited as sexually explicit material. Not just that, complained as a bad book, it was said to have graphic descriptions and lots of disturbing languages. It depicts child sexual abuse.
Ah! This book is really disturbing. It was adapted as a Netflix series and many viewers claim that the series based on the novel glamorizes teen suicide. The relationship between counsellors and students, adults and teens have been portrayed unrealistically. Yet the book is a bestseller.
Few schools and libraries have banned The Hunger Games for being anti-ethnic, offensive language, and violent. In 2014, the novel was also banned for reasons of inserted religious perspective.
Harry Potter!? I was shocked to know it was banned. Few Christian schools banned it deals with witchcraft and satanic. Apart from that, Harry is a terrible student, he often skips classes and it creates a bad example. More detailed reasons for Harry Potter is banned in few countries.
But it’s a fantasy novel! The whole Hogwarts is imaginary. There are few reasons for banned books that makes absolutely no sense. A book banned in a place might not be banned in another. It is not illegal if it’s not banned in your country. Few books are out of the banned list, whereas the others are still in the list.
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