One of the real nuisances of being a book-banning enthusiast (apart from the fact that writers keep writing books of which you disapprove) must certainly be the number of books like that going on to inspire popular, or or critically-acclamed, or – worst of all – high-grossing movies.
Welcome to this year's edition of the p3 Banned Book Cineplex, where the popcorn is free and you can use your mobile device:
Book: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. (Well, all of the Hunger Games novels, actually.)
Reasons offered for challenging or banning the original books: Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence. (I'm not even sure what “anti-ethnic” would mean in this context.)
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling. (Okay, all of the Harry Potter novels, too.)
Reasons offered for challenging or banning the original books: Occult/Satanism
Book: The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. (Just the one book was challenged this time, but only because Atwood didn't write a sequel. Had she done so, I imagine it'd have been challenged too.)
Reasons offered for challenging or banning the original book: Too explicit for students, profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled, and “poor quality literature [that] stress[es] suicide, illicit sex, violence, and hopelessness."
Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl.
Reason offered for challenging or banning the original book: The story embraced a "poor philosophy of life." *
*In some ways, this one irritates me most of all. A librarian should know better.
Remember: Read banned books and make a censor sad.