Did You Know Why These Books Were Banned?

Did You Know Why These Books Were Banned

In this world where millions of book are published and millions of readers to give their opinion on. little did we know the books that once came into the limelight were later banned due to their controversial content. According to the index, India read the most, followed by Thailand and China facts like this make us a shock. So in this post, you will find 5 books which were banned and the “Why” behind it.

  1. American Psycho By Bret Easton

american psycho novel

The book was first published in 1991. The story is about a serial killer and Manhattan investment banker. The book is only to be sold in shrink wrapper because of it’s potentially disturbing content which can develop rage in teenagers. The book was originally published in the US. In Germany, the book was deemed “harmful to minors” and its sales and marketing severely restricted from 1995 to 2000. In Australia, the book is sold shrink-wrapped and is classified “R18” under national censorship legislation. The book may not be sold to those under 18 years of age.

The book was found to contain disturbing and nasty content. After so many criticisms, police filed an action against the publisher and after proper satisfaction book was banned. The book is now to be sold only in a shrink wrapper to adults only.

      2. The Satanic Verses By Salman Rushdie

The Satanic Verses

First Published in the United Kingdom in 1988. The “Satanic Verses” hit the limelight within no time mostly in the Muslim world. One of the most controversial books in history, Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses,” was published three decades ago and immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, most of them violent. Many Muslims accused Rushdie of blasphemy, and a year later, in 1989, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, a religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill the author. Rushdie was forced to go into protective hiding for the greater part of a decade.

Many were outraged by a character called Mahound, who appears in dream sequences in the novel and was alleged to be “a thinly and perversely disguised representation of the Prophet Mohammed”, according to The New York Times

And later on, when riots erupted from every corner, India became the first country to impose a complete ban on sale and purchase of “The Satanic Verses”

     3. Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov


First Published in 1955 by Vladimir Nabokov. The novel became objectionable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and narrator, a middle-aged literature professor who is obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. Lolita is a secret name for the girl. The book hit the headlines for its obscene and incest sexual content.

Though the novel doesn’t contain any sexual scenes many critics believe it leads to a physiological strain on a reader’s mind which could destroy the pristine relationship between father and daughter. The book was banned because of it’s Taboo content which could ruin the society and affect the new generation in a bad way.

4. Brave New World By Aldous Huxley 

brave new world

First Published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley. The book mainly deals with huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology and ones sexual life. The book became a reason for spreading obscene content among people, mostly teenagers.

Parents mostly protested to ban the book for its masturbation scenes. Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since.

     5. The Well Of Loneliness By  Radclyffe Hall 

the well of loneliness

First published in 1928 an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is spoiled by social isolation and rejection. The book deals with the concept of homosexuality and shares a thought of, everyone has an equal right to live whether they love same-sex or the opposite. The book promoted lesbian love and was a danger to society.

A lesbian novel was banned after official medical advice that it would encourage female homosexuality and lead to ‘a social and national disaster’.In 1928 Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, dialogue ‘she kissed her full on the lips like a lover’, led to an obscenity trial which considered the implications of the national shortage of men and ‘two women in bed making beasts of themselves’.later Hall wrote to many doctors to support and defend her book. Fighting for so many years. The book was finally released in Britain in 1949, after Hall’s death.


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Muneeb Zargar

Muneeb Zargar

My name is Muneeb. Proud Storyteller from Kashmir & an Electronics Engineer by choice.

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