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Other banned books that made it to Hollywood

The novel Bless Me, Ultima is regularly challenged (as in: insane people complain about its existence and demand that it be removed from libraries, reading lists and the minds of those who have already read it) or actually banned (the same pitchfork people, as noted previously, get their way), which puts it in fine company. Here are a few other recent books that have made their way to Hollywood and have faced similar scrutiny:

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky: Those who ban this book typically dislike that it’s about homosexuals doing homosexual stuff … like having complex human emotions and pondering why people are so fucking terrible. The movie does likewise, but with a better soundtrack.

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss: This classic of hallucinogenic childhood nightmares was banned in 1989 from a small-town elementary school reading list in Northern California due to its anti-logging-industry themes. That sentence is not a typo. Later, Zac Efron would voice a character in the animated feature, again prompting concerns that wooden things were being mischaracterized.

A Time to Kill, by John Grisham: This legal-thriller (a sort of To Kill A Mockingbird-light) is regularly challenged or banned for perceived racist and graphic sexual content, most notably from the Texas prison system reading list; meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey, who starred in the film, is allowed to roam the world and freely make films like Magic Mike. Where is the justice?

The Gossip Girl series, by Cecily Von Ziegesar: Teenagers want to lose their virginity. Teenagers want to smoke weed. Teenagers want to gossip. Teenagers also sometimes want to do all of the above with the same sex. We hold these truths to be self-evident. Unless “we” live in Leesburg, Fla., a town that went completely Footloose on these 21st century Sweet Valley High-ish novels in 2008. If only they’d felt likewise about The Gilmore Girls, many more lives would have been saved.

The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling: The most banned and/or challenged texts of the last decade were the collected works of Ms. Rowling, so that totally worked.