Some seemingly harmless books, despite their worldwide popularity, were banned in several nations either because of the plot or because of the characters in it.
Nonetheless the criticism, the novels managed to become a huge success and have been a bookworm's favourite since their initial publication.
Here's a list of the books which you never, in your wildest dreams, would imagine to been banned.
The evidently popular tale about a girl who goes on a dream-filled journey and comes across different characters seems innocuous enough to avoid any criticism. Bewilderingly, this novel was banned a couple times. During the 1960s, the presence of the size altering mushroom which Alice consumes after being persuaded by the caterpillar who was found to be inhaling hookah, led to an outrage in the U.S.A., as it was believed that the story was unfit for children due to the explicit presence of 'drugs' in it. The book was also banned in China in the early nineties due to the vast use of anthropomorphism.
No matter how much eloquently the book has been written, a book penned down by a 13 year old surely does not fall under the category of being 'objectionable'. Right? Anne Frank's diary has, in fact, been removed from many American libraries and school syllabuses several times because of Anne's portrayal of her maturing anatomy.
This Pulitzer winning book was banned briefly by the Soviet Union as they believed that the plot implied that even destitute American citizens could afford the luxury of a four wheeler. The American farmers of California disregarded the book as a ''communist propaganda''.
This massively viral book was banned in apartheid South Africa for being highly 'indecent' and 'obscene'.
This quintessential book about racism in America has been banned in several states of the country. Also, the depiction of a rape case and the use of filthy language was reason enough to ban the book. Despite the criticism, the book managed to grab the Pulitzer and has been considered to be one of the most important piece of fiction ever.