11 books you never knew were banned!

If you ever needed proof that people can be frightened by the written word, then just look at how many books have been removed from libraries, burned, and of course, banned.


Why gotta be hatin’? Some of the reasoning is totally bonkers… Whereas others you might think “fair enough”. But should a book EVER be banned? You decide. Here’s a list of some of the more popular titles banned by world governments.

1. ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell.


Banned by the Soviet Union in the 50’s. Why? Stalin (yeah, that guy) thought it was a satire on his leadership. But dude, if you have to ban something so people don’t draw a terrifying parallel… #saynomore


Big Brother is watching you…

2. ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’ by D H Laurence


Banned in the UK and the US. Banned in Australia. Banned in China. Why? A “violation of obscenity laws”. Sex and stuff. Words that should not have been printed in the 1928.


A complete edition was not published here in the UK until 1960.

 3. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss


China banned this CHILDREN’S CLASSIC because of its apparent portrayal of Marxism. Wut?


The ban was lifted in 1991. Once Dr Seuss had died. Nice one.

4. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown


Think about it. Is this one really surprising? Maybe because of the modernity of it. Lebanon wasn’t happy with its depiction of Catholicism and blacklisted in 2004. Oops.


 5. ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer


They banned one of the first ever books ever. This is a slightly odd one though. Ok, so the US mail banned it in the late 1800s because of some act that prevented the sending or receiving of works that were… considered a little bit filthy or inappropriate.


Apparently this book falls under that description. #hatersgonnahate

6. ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll


This one is quite interesting too. So the province of Hunan in China had this book banned in 1931 because of the animals that acted like humans.


And this equality in intelligence and ability was insulting… and might teach kids the wrong message.

7. ‘The Satanic Verses’ by Salman Rushdie


You’ve probs heard of this one and its reputation. But maybe you’ve never seen the list of countries Rushdie had his book (and often his own person) banned from: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.


There goes the gap year plans.

8. The ‘Fifty Shades’ series by E L James


Again, really, it’s not particularly surprising. Malaysia weren’t happy with this one and banned it. Maybe it should be banned in other countries too. Like, all of them.


9. ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley


Banned in South Africa in 1955. The book was first published in 1818. So why suddenly gotta be hatin’?


10. ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank


Banned because of its depiction of Jewish people. It’s incredible to imagine anywhere banning a book as important as this.

11. ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell


We’ve made an Orwellian sandwich of this list. But it only proves further the fact that Orwell really was a pioneer. Unafraid. And had one heck of an imagination. He found it hard to get ‘Animal Farm’ published because of its political criticisms.


The book is still banned in North Korea.

What other books do you know have been banned? Maybe not by governments, but by libraries, councils etc. Do you think it can make people actually want to read it more? Tell us in the comments below!

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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