Top 10 Banned Books


Top 10 Banned Books 10. The Color Purple “I see Sofia and I don’t know why she still
alive. They crack her skull, they crack her ribs. They tear her nose loose on one side.
They blind her in one eye. She swole from head to foot. Her tongue the size of my arm,
it stick out tween her teef like a piece of rubber. She can’t talk. And she just about
the color of eggplant.” A novel written by Alice Walker, The Color
Purple depicts the life of a young black girl, Celie, who speaks about her life in letters
to God. Celie has been raped by her stepfather, beat by her much older husband, and is basically
alone. The book expresses what life is like in the deep south through the eyes of a black
female. It has been banned because of its extreme and graphic violence, troubling ideas
about relations between races, African history, human sexuality, and man’s relationship with
God. 9. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings “If growing up is painful for the Southern
Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the
throat. It is an unnecessary insult.” This novel is an autobiography of the early
life of Maya Angelou. It is able to show how trauma and racism can be overcome by strength
and a love of literature. Angelou is able to depict her life from age three to age 17,
in Stamps Arkansas. She at first lives with her older brother, and in the end becomes
a parent. Throughout the novel, there is a lot of racism and violence, including rape.
The book has been banned because of its explicit scenes of rape and other sexual abuse, as
well as violence, homosexuality, and vulgar language. 8. To Kill a Mockingbird “So it took an eight-year-old child to bring
’em to their senses…. That proves something — that a gang of wild animals can be stopped,
simply because they’re still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children.” Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird became
popular quick, and eventually won a Pulitzer Prize. It was immediately successful and has
been said to be a classic of modern American fiction. The book is known for its humor and
warmth while still dealing with critical and serious issues such as racism, rape, and loss
of innocence. Many see the banned book’s famous character, Atticus Finch, as being a hero
both morally and racially. However, the book has been challenged many times because of
how it deals with race issues. It is extremely prejudice and stereotypical. The novel also
portrays an assault that is somewhat sexual, resulting in a rape. Vulgar language, including
the “n” word, is also used. 7. Brave New World “We can make a new one with the greatest ease-as
many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes
at Society itself.” Written in 1932 by Aldous Huxley, this book
revolves around a setting of a drugged, dull and mass society. The book takes place in
the future, but it doesn’t provide much hope for generations to come. The book is a parody
of a Utopian society. The novel explained much disdain for youth, as well as a culture
that is driven by the market. The book has been banned for its strong themes of drugs,
sexuality, and suicide. In the novel, something as minute as chewing gum is seen as a way
to deliver sex hormones, and pornographic films are spread around like free candy. Simply,
Brave New World has been banned and challenged for its negativity, the latest being in 1993. 6. 1984 “Never again will you be capable of ordinary
human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love,
or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You
will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.” ADVERTISEMENT
Written by George Orwell in 1949, 1984 is a novel that depicts an extremely grim future
of society. The society has no free will, truth, or privacy. The book was first banned
in 1984 by the American Library Association because of its “bleak warning of totalitarian
government and censorship.” Many see the novel as one that is expressing immoral themes,
as well as being pro-Communist. The book tosses around the idea of “Big Brother,” which is
still highly influential and popular in culture today. The banned book has also been challenged
for sexual themes. 5. Lolita “A normal man given a group photograph of
school girl or Girl Scouts and asked to point out the comeliest one will not necessarily
choose the nymphet among them. You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite
melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame permanently
aglow in your subtle spine…” This 1955 novel written by Vladimir Nabokov,
analyzes the mind of a highly intelligent, self-loathing man named Humber Humbert, who
is a pedophile and has an extreme obsession for “nymphets,” which are young girls, generally
around the age of 12. Lolita was first published by a French pornographic press after being
rejected by four publishing firms, but soon after, it was banned in France for being obscene.
It was also banned in South Africa, New Zealand, England, and Argentina. However, the book
was never really banned in the U.S. because when it was published, sexuality and teenage
sex weren’t out of the norm. In any case, most countries have challenged the book because
of its portrayal of a sexual relationship between a child and an adult. 4. Catcher in the Rye “Sex is something I really don’t understand
too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for
myself, and then I break them right away. Last year I made a rule that I was going to
quit horsing around with girls that, deep down, gave me a pain in the ass. I broke it,
though, the same week I made it — the same night, as a matter of fact.” Written by J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
became a best-seller weeks within its release in 1951. The novel explains three days in
the life of a 16 year old boy, who is seen as extremely troubled. It is a true expression
of teenage angst and rebellion against adults, and many have challenged the book because
they fear younger people will look up to Holden, the main character. The banned book first
caused controversy in 1960 when a school principal fired a teacher for using the novel as part
of an 11th grade class. Many states around the country have issues with the book, some
saying it is “anti-white,” while others express that it puts too much emphasis on slang, sex,
violence, and issues with morals. 3. Harry Potter Series “As much money and life as you could want!
The two things most human beings would choose above all — the trouble is, humans do have
a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.” The most recent books on the list, the Harry
Potter series tell the tale and adventures of a young boy named Harry Potter, who is
a wizard, and his friends Ron and Hermione. The central theme of the book is a struggle
against evil, Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents. Since the first book’s publishing
in 1997, the series has been under much scrutiny. In 2001, parents from all over the U.S. and
other parts of the world challenged the book because of its witchcraft, violence, the occult,
and its overall scariness. Years later, the series is still banned and challenged for
the same reasons, including lying, cheating, stealing, ghosts, spells and promoting Wicca
ideology. 2. Candide “‘What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute,
to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them?” A great book of great satire! Candide is a
classic French novel that satirizes all things that many saw sacred in its day. Churches,
philosophers, armies, and rulers were all poked fun at. Voltaire, through the use of
satire and funny phrases, was doing nothing more than trying to express a man finding
the best of all possible worlds while going through some of the worst things that could
ever happen in life. The Great Council of Geneva banned the book after its release,
but more than 30,000 copies sold in a year. In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound
copies of Candide, and then in 1944 the U.S. Post Office wanted the book dropped from Concord
Books. 1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn “I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned
he’d say what he did say — so it was all right, now, and I told Tom I was agoing for
a doctor.” This book, written by Mark Twain, has been
banned in many different places since it was published. Huckleberry Finn is a story of
a young boy, Huck, and a runaway slave, Jim, who travel down the Mississippi in order to
escape “sivilization.” Here in the U.S., the book was banned in 1885, a year after it was
published. At first, the book was banned for its use of slang, which was seen as demeaning.
Over time, the focus shifted towards the fact that the novel uses the “n” word so many times,
in fact over 200 times. Many cannot get around the fact that such a derogatory word is used
so much. Readers often substitute the word with “slave” or “servant.” Despite much controversy,
many of the most famous writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, see the book as a great piece of
literature, as do many readers.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Banned Books

  1. Lolita is sick and one of the few books that I think SHOULD be banned. Portraying pedophilia in a positive light and trying to make an active pedophile sympathetic? Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. Huck Finn, on the other hand, is often banned for the stupidest reason. The man wrote the book to be anti-racist. It contains "the N-word" because that's what people commonly used at the time. Hell, people still use it today, white and black like in the book, it's just not PC anymore (and for good reason). Instead of being sensitive about a time period in which using the word fits, actually read the book and you'll see it's about a young white boy struggling between the racism he was taught and his friendship with Jim, a run away slave. Hell, at the time the book was published, it was criticized for making Jim too human!

  2. At first I thought the Harry Potter franchise was a horror movie (When I was 5). Now that I'm 11 I admire The Harry Potter Franchise and series and I SIRIUSLY (<–Only true Harry Potter Fans can understand it) hate the people who thinks Harry Potter books and movies are bad influences.

  3. ARE YOU SIRIUS???? I MEAN SERIOUS. THERE IS NO VIOLENCE IN HARRY POTTER. THE WORLD IS VIOLENT. HARRY POTTER IS A SERIES TO CREATE IMAGINATION.

  4. This is ridiculous. Youre naming the most popular and widely available books in existence. Real banned books are on the right. Henry Ford The International Jew is a real banned book. Youre an idiot. Im not saying that to be offensive. You truly are an idiot.

  5. Most of these suck, Catcher sucked, Lolita sucked, Brave New World totally sucked; Huck Finn was good and has much to recommend it. But what about Tropic Of Cancer, great book that was banned and didn't make this lamer list.

  6. You've got a great reading voice. Have you ever considered taking a second job of reading for Audible or other book recording company?

  7. Question is where and when were these books banned. The Color Purple and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings were even in my High School library; and the First was even made into a movie.

  8. I've red some pretty nasty stuff in my childhood and adolescence, especially Anne Rice, Edgar Allan Poe and some various sci-fi books. While you knew what to expect from the the vampire books, the futuristic sci-fi sometimes struck you with scenes of murder, rape and cannibalism, out of nowhere. The Poe books wold make you afraid to go to sleep. Despite all this, I loved those books and red them as you would watch a movie. I think nobody has the right to censor books -they are art, culture and are all beneficial to you in some way or another. Only an idiot would look at a book and say "I will deny other people the right to read this, just because I can't stomach a certain aspect of them". Replacing whole sections of the book (like in the case of M Twain's) is just a crime -you either read it as the author intended or you don't at all. Oversensitive critics…

  9. were are these books banned not in Canada, I have read a lot of these books. 1984 was part of my grade 11 English class book studies, and I bought my kids the harry potter series

  10. Tsk. Tsk. People are SO intolerant. I read Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the Harry Potter series since a was in my mid-teens. I read the Harry Potter series for fun, and I read To Kill A Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn in 10th grade to learn how common racism was back then and today we treat our colored brothers and sisters as equal (seems these people are trying to erase history).

  11. none of these books are banned anywhere. im not religious,but i can tell you of 1 book that is banned from public schools,that would be the bible lol

  12. "The book was first banned in 1984 by the American Library Association because of its bleak warning of totalitarian government and censorship." – Priceless! (about minute 4:05)

  13. Sorry but In reference to your other video about the 10 biblical monsters. the UNICORN. He is actually referring to a Rhinoceros Unicornis. A massive one horned rhino. There are other mentions of unicorns with other "beasts" described. These of course are miss interpretations of Aramaic language. But the scripture in which you used to illustrate is referring to a Rhino, the more aggressive and larger form of ancient rhino's, the Unicorn. All the way up to about 200 years ago was this term used for the White Rhino or the Rhinoceros Unicornis and even in the worlds dictionaries. But with culture changes the term Unicorn as we know is now used to name a mythical creature similar to a Pegasus. Sorry guys and gals but this is factual.

  14. I got the colour purple in a school library. I read to kill a mockingbird for class.

    But seriously who the hell bans a book for negativity outside of North Korea.

  15. Seriously? Because Harry Potter has magic and witchcraft, parents and others have to complain? It's a fantasy book! I guess magic is banned now!

  16. promoting wicca? How? the hp universe is way far away from wicca. like, they are fun books and involve magic but beyong being about magic, how is it close to wiccan? the magic isn't even close to similar? I'm genuinely baffled

  17. I don't get it. How is that today Captain Underpants was more banned than Fifty Shades of Grey and a middle school book series like Wings of Fire that has content a 100XWorse than Harry Potter never get banned?

  18. The logic behind banning any of these books is comparable to that of the Chinese Communist Party, who once banned Lewis Carrol's "The hunting of the snark". Why? The verse, "The principal failing occurred with the sailing, and the helmsman, perplexed and distressed, said he hoped that, at least, when the wind blew due East, that the ship would NOT travel due West". They though this was an insult aimed at Chairman Mao.

  19. you've gotta read, Of Roses and Lily, a wonderful anthology of poems on Love, inspiration, attaining enlightenment and fighting society's regressive norms. MUST READ! http://www.lulu.com/shop/ali-abbass/of-roses-and-lily/ebook/product-23195209.html

  20. to quote 1985 "who controls the past now controls the future,who controls the present now controls the past"

  21. none of this books are banned in germany…. indeed the most of the books on your list are classic literature in the western world….

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  23. "if growing up is painful for the north American white male, being aware of his displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat"

    the banning of to kill a mocking bird is just one SMALL example of us being stripped of our culture in order to fit the new world agenda

  24. I am amazed how many of these books we read in school in New Zealand in the 80s and 90s. I don't know what that says about our country if anything at all. The Color Purple was the one I found most upsetting.

  25. What about the bible? It's filled with slavery, pedophilia, mass genocide, exile, and a bunch of other terrible stuff.

  26. Where is are these banned? Saying they are banned without saying where is appalling. I can get any of these books at a book store or library.

  27. more than half of those books were part of our curriculum at school when I was a teenager in Ottawa in the early 90's

  28. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin one of the most banned and fought over books ever or Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler did not rate this list but
    10. The Color Purple
    9. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird
    7. Brave New World
    6. 1984
    5. Lolita
    4. Catcher in the Rye
    3. Harry Potter Series
    2. Candide
    1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Makes me wonder where you information came from

  29. Anyone who thinks Harry Potter promotes Wicca is an idiot. The magic in Harry Potter and the rituals some Wiccans perform bear some passing resemblence, but are not the same in the slightest. For a start, Harry Potter is fictional.

  30. 1984 banned? I've literally got a copy sitting on the very desk I'm typing this on, and I'm the least passionate reader I know.

  31. where are these books banned? the first 3 books on this list were in my school library and my mum gave me brave new world not long after I finished school. and harry potter?? WTF??

  32. I've read several of these books… I'm glad I did before they got banned… But I don't think any of them are totally banned every where in the world. But I always enjoy TopTenz videos… No matter the subject…

  33. The Burning Of The Books – Poem by Bertolt Brecht

    When the Regime
    commanded the unlawful books to be burned,
    teams of dull oxen hauled huge cartloads to the bonfires.

    Then a banished writer, one of the best,
    scanning the list of excommunicated texts,
    became enraged: he'd been excluded!

    He rushed to his desk, full of contemptuous wrath,
    to write fierce letters to the morons in power —
    Burn me! he wrote with his blazing pen —
    Haven't I always reported the truth?
    Now here you are, treating me like a liar!
    Burn me!

    Translated by Michael R. Burch
    Bertolt Brecht

  34. I may have graduated a "few" years ago, but numbers 1,4,6,7 and 8 were mandatory reading then.  And, honestly I still own a copy of Brave New World and bring it out for a read every once in a while.  It's a real thinker if you give it a chance.

  35. Banned by whom? I've read and own most of these books. Once again, I am grateful to be older. Censoring books is a car attached to a runaway train.

  36. I'm surprised most of Roald Dahl's books aren't on this list. Many of them are about children triumphing over bad/abusive adults (with a few exceptions) and this enrages most Evangelical/Fundy extremists.

  37. It's fascinating that the list of banned books would be the list that I would recommend people read.
    Great list

  38. I've read ALL of these books. So where are these banned? Or is it that they were once banned? And still banned somewhere?

  39. books banned because "educational leaders "don't want the snowflakes learning about critical thinking,,,they might vote how they want instead of how they are told to

  40. Haaaang on a minute….
    I have every one of these books – where the hell are these books banned? You are not precise on this fact for several books.
    You also missed the Purfumed Garden, Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, and Ulysses by James Joyce.

  41. Banned by who, when, why, on what scale and how? I love how I have heard of each of these banned books. My favourite in this category is "The Case for The Corporate Death Penalty."

  42. People miss that N. Jim had become so dear to Hick that he decide to help Jim finish his escape even if it damned gm to Hell. Hick was a antebellum southerner. The language. Is of that period. You can't look at people. 150 years past and judge them by our standards. We can use them to light the dark places of our minds.

  43. Your quotes from these books are a match to your descriptions, and while I don't think a top 10 list is adequate to the subject, you get an enthusiastic Like from me for a lower key presentation than the usual Top Tenz.

  44. Promoting and accepting the banning of books, stifleing free speech, and scoffing at at fact based intellectual arguments is not demonized. Let me guess Google(you tube) and the left paid extra for this video.

  45. Church Lady: "Those Harry Potter books should be burned in the streets!"
    Me: "Oh, I dunno. I was raised on witchcraft and they're just more of the same."
    Church Lady: ?????
    Me: "You know – Disney! Pinocchio was a golem, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella featured spells & transmogrification, and Snow White…
    Church Lady: ///death stare from Hell///

  46. Can’t believe Harry Potter was banned, that’s crazy. Was introduced to the series in 5th grade by the librarian. Even got credit for it doing SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). That was in 2001. Loved the series and was there for the release of everyone since to read it non stop 😂

  47. I frequent used book stores and if I find a particularly nice example of Huck Finn, I buy it. I find it an important work in which Twain takes on all comers having a go at the church, the state/money/power brokers, con artists, and a superstitious, alcoholic, abusive father showing. Twain explores that the least among us by societal norms, a drum he bangs often and loudly, can end being the individual who teaches us the most. But that's just my sophomoric reading and I enjoy it. I will continue to collect them. But now I have more to add to the collection. Thank you

  48. Excellent! Censorship is such an important issue. I'd love to see updated banned books lists, including one of children's lit. Thank you.

  49. istory is being erased all around us. and no one seems to notice how frequently things go missing.
    no one is paying attention.

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