I appreciate the idea behind Banned Books Week. During Banned Books Week, books that have been banned or censored for various reasons (usually because they push social norms) are celebrated. I own the banned books mug, which is covered in titles of books that have been banned for various reason.
However, despite the fact that I believe everyone has the right to read what they want, there are some famous banned books that I will probably never read. Today, I’m sharing that list with you and telling you why these books will probably never end up on my TBR pile.
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7 Banned Books I Will Never Read
These 7 banned books I will never read:
I don’t like the idea of a much-older man taking advantage of a young girl, even if she was “asking for it.” I don’t approve of children dating adults and I definitely don’t approve of pedophilia, even if the book was not meant to promote unhealthy relationships with children (which it sounds like it does, the main character is obsessed with girls just entering puberty. Ick.). Whatever the reason for writing the book, you will never find Lolita on my shelf.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God book is full of depressing things from start to finish. Many books that are banned from schools have depressing themes. I realize the importance of exploring themes that may make us uncomfortable and question how the world works, but I do not feel a need to read every one of them. I’ve read plenty of depressing books in my day, and do not need to read any more.
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Canceris a fake diary that was turned into a novel somehow. It is more a collection of musings, memories, and philosophical thoughts than a real story. Books like this frustrate me, because I like books to go somewhere- either with plot or with character development. I will probably never read Tropic of Cancer for this reason.
Ulysses, I believe, is complete nonsense. I think this book is the result of an author who believes so firmly that she (in this case he) is so talented, that they can spit on a page and have people eat it up and comment on how talented and groundbreaking the book is. If I want to read random nonsense ramblings, I’ll just go read my old high school diaries.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is a story about how depressing it was to live through the depression. I can understand that without reading every page in the story. I prefer books with at least some happy factor.
I’m not going to lie; I don’t really like war-themed books even in the best of cases. But Slaughterhouse-Five is particularly brutal, depressing, and violent. I don’t feel a need to read the book to understand that war is terrible.
I should like Doctor Zhivago because it’s a classic tale of epic events and romance. But have you ever tried to read a classic Russian novel? They could have benefited from some serious editing. I find it hard enough to keep up with which character is talking, much less with the plot. I do believe I own this book, but I’ve never been able to read more than about 10 pages before getting extremely bored.
What banned books will you never read? Which banned books are your favorites?
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