10 Banned Books That Were Made Into Movies

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10 Banned Books That Were Made Into Movies

You've heard about all the banned books out there, but did you know some made it to the big screen? Banned for various and often times ridiculous reasons, they were taken from schools, off bookstore shelves, and even burned. Luckily, the stories are now classics both in literature and film.

If you're a book lover, you'll enjoy knowing that you can read and watch 10 banned books that are now available to watch from the comfort of your own home.

Happy reading (and watching)!

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1. The Scarlet Letter & Easy A

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The Scarlett Letter is a popular book that you might've read in high school. But at one time, the book was banned. Lucky for us we can now read it and watch Easy A a modern day comedic twist on the popular book.

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2. Carrie

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Stephen King managed to get Carrie banned thanks to the sexual content and satanic themes. What prudes! Now you can read the entire novel and watch the classic movie back to back.

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3. Animal Farm

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Animal Farm was banned by Soviet countries because it was a public criticism of socialist governments. Meanwhile the CIA fully supported the novel. Now you can read the book, which deserves your attention. The movie might too.

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4. Where The Wild Things Are

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Can you believe a children's book was banned? Well, believe it buddy. Apparently some people thought the story was "too dark". Whatever. Read it to yourself or your children and watch the 2009 film of the same name.

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5. Harry Potter

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Witchcraft and wizardry isn't welcomed by some folks. But that will never stop us from reading the classic story of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts. The movies do the books justice and that is worth celebrating.

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6. A Clockwork Orange

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While I personally did not enjoy A Clockwork Orange that doesn't mean it should be banned and other should miss out on it! Read the dystopian classic and watch the Stanley Kubrick film to really understand the craziness of literature turned into movies.

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7. To Kill A Mockingbird

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Can you believe it? I can't imagine a world where To Kill A Mockingbird isn't on a reading list or in a library. But this classic novel is still being banned from schools. So, in rebellion, why not buy a new copy, read it, then share it with a young person. At least turning Harper Lee's classic into a movie means more people will know the story of Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley.

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8. Lolita

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Some countries banned Lolita due to the relationship between adolescent young, Lolita and middle-aged Humbert Humbert. An uncomfortable theme, yes but an important piece of literature. The ban didn't slow down the production of two films released in 1967 and 1997 respectively.

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9. American Psycho

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American Psycho is a movie that became a cult-classic right away. So it's no surprise the novel did the same thing even while ruffling a few feathers. Violent and gory, the book was taken off bookshelves but the gruesome novel has dedicated fans made and made many more when Christian Bale played Patrick Bateman in 2000.

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10. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Yep, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was banned due to "anti-white sentiments" and details regarding crime and violence. Puh-lease. Luckily you can buy the book on Amazon now and watch the Academy Award nominated film of the same name starring Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.

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