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Banned Books by Women

by Cheryl Wollner

stand-up_twitterThis week has been Banned Books Week. Celebrate your right to read with these banned speculative fiction books by female authors.

The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood This feminist dystopian novel was banned in 2006 for being too sexually explicit and offensive to Christians.

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children’s series) — Jean M. Auel The Earth’s Children Series are historical fiction novels set pre-history. The novel was banned in 1992 when a Middle School parent objected to a rape scene.

The Hunger Games Trilogy — Suzanne Collins This YA dystopian series was banned in 2011 for being “anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.” 

Like Water for Chocolate — Laura Esquivel Esquivel’s magical realism novel was banned in 2012 as not suitable for high school sophomores due to sexual content.

A Wrinkle in Time — Madeleine L’engle This classic fantasy story has been challenged every decade since its publication in 1962 due to occult themes and anti-Christian ideas.

Take a look at this list of 75 Banned Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for a bigger picture at what’s been banned. How many of these and other banned books have you read?

A bit about the columnist:

Cheryl Wollner writes fiction, nonfiction and drama. She has studied in Istanbul, Turkey for history research and means to return one day to incorporate her research into her fiction. Her work has appeared in Wilde Magazine, the Southern Tablet, the Best of Loose Change Anthology, Aurora Arts & Literary Magazine, and the 42nd Annual Writer's Festival Magazine. She blogs at asexualfeminist.wordpress.com. Visit author page

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