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  • Kitty

    I'm almost certain that To Kill A Mockingbird isn't banned as my class is reading it in English class right now. However, I may be misunderstanding just what "banned" means. Maybe this list is written by someone who doesn't live in America. Or maybe my teacher is breaking a law 0.o

    • http://www.toptenz.net TopTenz Master

      These books were banned at one time or another. Bans have been lifted in many cases, I'm sure. Also a book banning may be limited to a geographical or political area. Some areas of the world and our own country are more conservative than others.

  • name

    i read those books in middle school

  • Lex

    Ironically (and thankfully) half the books on this list were required reading in my schools and we're not banned. But anyway, seriously, why do the most sensitive and weak minded people get to make all the rules?!? Harry Potter has garnered much controversy for it's depictions of wizardry ( or witchcraft as they prefer to call it) but the point of the books are so much bigger than that! And even still, why is magic automatically deemed "evil" or "satanic" by these people? Magic can be used for good or evil, it's ultimately the person's decision to make. That's one of the main ongoing themes of the series. At any rate the books should be lauded more often for bringing countless children around the world the joy of reading good literature!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/cyberteque Andrew

    I am so glad I live in Australia!

    We studied "To Kill A Mockingbird" in High School!

    I saw "Catcher In The Rye" at the supermarket the other day and bought it along with a copy of "On The Road"

    About the only books I can think of banned here in Australia are the "Paladin Press" survivalist guides!

    I am so glad we Australians don't try and ram weird ideas of morality and religion done each others throats,

    • Whitmanamerican

      Andrew, you are, like many other smug Aussies, ignorant of your own country’s history of repression in this and other respects. Try doing a little research: google “books banned in Australia.”

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/cyberteque Andrew

        Smug?!

        At least I’m not “smug” like you relying on friggen google for definitive information!
        Did you actually read the list of banned material here?
        What a joke your argument is.

        Wikipedia regurita is a sad thing mate.

        Considering your country invented the concept of “race” to justify slavery,
        started “the war on terror” that’s pissed off the muslim world,
        led us into a global financial crisis,
        and talk about being “leaders of the free world”, when you can’t even look after your own people.

        yeah, I can be smug about our government banning the “Biggles” and “Noddy” books in schools.

        So you go back to google, feel good about the way your country treats it’s poor.

  • diana

    ok where the hell are these books banned? becuase uh i read almost every single one of these in school, so idk wtf they're talking about.

  • Alyssa

    The Malleus Maledicarum should be on here. It was banned from the world and the only copy left (original) is locked in the basement of a museum in England.

    • FMH

      There are surely several original copies (what is an original copy at all – in an era before copyright) left, since it was printed countless times, even after the church banned official use. It was never rare or lost and today it’s neither difficult nor expensive to find a new edition.

    • FMH

      And it is “Maleficarum”

  • http://dedesyearofbooks.blogspot.com DeDe

    This is a pretty good list. I also have one on my blog.
    http://dedesyearofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/banned-books.html

  • Rob vergil

    is civilization not sivilization

    • http://www.toptenz.net Tanya Bennett

      I think that may be a quote from the book – can anyone confirm?

      • Adrianna

        its being sivilized. not civilized. huck says that in response as to why he doesnt like living with his super religious aunt martha or whatever

  • David

    Is it just me or is it ironic that most books on this “banned” list are now required reading in most schools. Maybe it’s time for a more current list.

  • vivian hernandez

    i do understand how THE COLOR PURPLE is banned because it is graphic but still it is a very meaningful book…if others would like to read this book then i think they should….it doesn’t matter what the people say as long as some one is learning from it……

  • sofia perez

    to ban books is unconstitutional. because of this other people cant let out any comments on how he or she is living and on how they are seeing life today.to me being in high school is good and all but to elimanate what really is the cause of what things are really happening in society today is plain wrong. i dont agree with this at all.

  • Scarlet Thomas

    i can’t believe they are banning “To Kill a Mocking Bird” i love this book and i believe this is uncalled for. even though it talks about rape, racism and loss off innocence, this is very true now in days. society doesn’t want books that have true life occurrences but we all know that this happens whether we like it or not. i think schools should have books that children can relate to. and what about the first amendment, did we already forget the right of freedom of speech? you can’t ban books that speak the truth just because you don’t like it, you may say it’s Anti-Christian but it is reality.

  • http://toptenz.net OGA_13

    I thimk that banning the Harry Potter Series is bad because people enjoy that book and there is nothing wrong with it.

  • http://toptenz.net

    The Catcher and the Rye is a good book and should not be banned since there isn’t anything wrong with it.

  • Ana Medina

    Banning these sort of books should not be allowed for they allow kids or teens to imagine, to go to new places, places only stories can bring. Why should we take this away, especially the hard work the authors had but on these stories? Its easy to take away for they were never part of making this book possible, they didnt have to go threw the hard process of making a story, i think we should re think of this,……

  • Jon

    The excuse that people use to ban books are so lame! “violence, rape, racism etc?” Then how about we ban the evening news and all newspapers since I read/hear about all of those issues daily!

  • Peter Boucher

    How about these two books : “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess and “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson

  • Judas Iscariot

    This list is a joke! The number one most banned book in the world–hand down–is The Bible!
    Please discuss….

  • bareck ofama

    Human beings the worst species….so why not ban them?

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