As soon as a book becomes banned, people all over the world want to get their hands on a copy to find out what the latest "controversial" novel has to say.
More often than not, they are disappointed as the content of the book seems a lot less shocking than something that you would see on TV on an average night. A few curse words are sometimes all it takes to ban a certain book from the average school.
What makes a book being banned so interesting is what it says about the people, place, and time period that thought it was bad enough to be banned.
Using data from the ALA — the American Library Association — Invaluable has curated a list of the top books banned organized by literary genre that they've turned into an awesome infographic (below).
Check out the top reasons for banning books, the authors that get challenged the most, and what the three top offenders in each genre were banned for below.
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