Throughout the ages there have been books that pushed the boundaries of what is tasteful or acceptable. In many cases these books were censored or even outright banned. While it is no surprise that books with harmful or racial content fell foul of the censors, sometimes the reasons for banning are downright puzzling. Here are just six books that ended up being banned for really silly reasons.
Spell-checkers are luxuries that not all authors had access to in the past, which resulted in instances such as the so called “Wicked Bible” which was released in 1631 with one of the commandments misprinted as “thou shalt commit adultery.” Sometimes, even a spell-checker isn’t enough to save authors and publishers from the embarrassment that can arise from other mistakes.
If you still have a fondness for physical books and a love for frequenting the library, you might struggle to find the following five books available. This is because they have been listed amongst the most popular fiction books of 2016 by public libraries in the USA. So, if you have missed out on any of these and always find an empty spot on the library shelf where they should have been when you go there your only option might be to grab a digital copy instead.
Writers are often taught to “write what you know really well” but for many this advice is much too limiting. Instead, a few authors let their imagination run wild and wrote tales that are not told from the typical first, second or even third person perspective. From animals to aliens, inanimate objects to inhuman entities, here are just five books that are written from really unique perspectives.
We know about a couple characters who might not have had a happy ever after if it wasn't for the fans. Some authors went as far as killing off their characters only to bring them back due to popular demand while others flirted with the idea, but had to back down in order to keep fans happy.
The Internet has made it easier than ever before to find great books at incredible prices. However, sometimes it is nice to hold a physical copy of a book by your favorite author in your hands. Besides, if you do ever get to meet your favorite author, you also need a physical book for them to sign. Although physical books can also be ordered online, bibliophiles will be familiar with the thrill of discovering an interesting or unique bookshop. Here are just six incredible places to explore if you would like to purchase books from an extraordinary bookshop.
While everyone is familiar with the image of artists, such as painters, suffering for their work, they are by no means the only ones. A few very fortunate authors became overnight success stories but for many, it was a long and arduous path. Here are just a few examples of writers who went through darker times than you might have realized.
Some authors are able to describe meals in their books with such vivid clarity that they leave you salivating as you turn the pages. However, there are a few others who delight in adding more drama to their dinner scenes than simply spilt wine or a quarrel over who gets to carve the turkey. Here are five dinners in literature where some of the participants ended up biting off more than they could chew.
Ten years after the release of Star Wars: Episode III and 32 years after Return of The Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in cinemas. This, of course, caused a renewed surged of interest in the franchise, which has been captivating audiences since the very first movie back in 1977. It also resulted in new Star Wars movies, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hit the big-screen in late 2016. With a franchise so big and popular as Star Wars, it is not uncommon to see its influences in other forms of media.
Hollywood is no stranger to mining the literary world for ideas, but they are by no means the only ones. Some stories just lend themselves better to the small screen, which is why there are also plenty of television shows inspired based on books. Unfortunately, not all of these television shows turned out to be the hits that the authors might have hoped for, but there are a few that managed to become popular. Here is a selection of books that went on to inspire television shows that are actually worth binge watching.
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