Time to dig out Lady Chatterley, it’s Banned Books Week! My favorite banned books: “The Sun Also Rises,”
“I know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Beloved” and everything by D.H. Lawrence.
How can you pick just one?

What’s on your banned books list?

(Posters via An Oddly Calm Teenager’s Life.)


14 Comments on Banned Books Week

  1. I will be digging into Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I own it but have yet to read it…or any work of D.H. Lawrence’s for that matter (as someone who has an English degree, I should be thoroughly ashamed to admit that on cyberspace). I’m so grateful we have these censored works of art available to us now.

  2. Oh no – I didn’t know about banned books week! I will have to be a week behind. No I just have to decide which book to read!

  3. Love the post, but doesn’t it seem odd that the ad campaign (which I love the concept of) relies on the movie editions of these books. Especially, when at least three cases, there are exceedingly iconic styles of illustrating those characters? It just seems like the message that could’ve been strongly “Read!” is transferred into “Watch!”

  4. That’s an interesting point…Maybe the campaign was also aimed at people who haven’t read the books but who have seen the movies so they can better understand what’s at stake? It’s very powerful.

  5. love this post! i haven’t got around to ready Lady Chatterley yet but its definitely on my list



  6. My first encounter with banned books was “Boy’s Life” by Robert McCammon. A character in the novel walks around the town naked because he doesn’t want to receive any type of financial association with his super mogul father. The book was banned after a girl in my class freaked to her mother about it. Surprisingly, this was the only book that was banned in my Catholic school since its opening. We still read “Catcher in the Rye.”

    My favorite banned (and taboo) book is “Lolita.” I picked it up when I was 13 and had a really difficult time trying to understand it. I couldn’t finish it and only discovered its wonder nearly 12 years later.

  7. Dumbledore is, in fact, gay. J.K. made this public after releasing the last book – when the filmmakers wanted to include in Deathly Hollows a past romance of his with a woman.