As long as I have read books, banned books have intrigued and beckoned me to look closer. It may not be surprising since we all know that telling someone they can’t have or do something is a sure way to get them to want it more (even if they never wanted it in the first place). J.K. Rowling pointed out just this fact in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Hermione says, “'If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!”.
For many people, keeping literature uncensored is worth the fight. Often I see that a book is opposed by a group because it opposes some truth that the group is unwilling to accept. A prime example is Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. This battle is still continued today while some groups push for school to not teach evolution.
While I do not agree, I see the point. What we accept as scientific facts is a fair fight when your beliefs do not align. But fiction literature? What is the danger in a text that is already label as untrue, not-based-on-facts. The English major in me realizes that fiction literature is more than fake stories and tales.
So by looking at both the nature of banned books and the reasons they are opposed, we can explore what the text reveals about society either within its pages or on the faces of reader responses. After doing some research, I've compiled a large list of books that have either been banned, opposed by a group of people, or censored in the past.
I hope to inspire discussions about the nature of banned books without plot summaries and basic overviews of characters. Comments and feedback is always welcome here. Remember that I can only read and interpret through my own frame of reference, so a conversation will better get to the truth behind these texts.
“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” Doris Lessing
“Fiction is a lie. The good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” Stephen King
"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." Oscar Wilde
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson