There are readers who choose which book to read next based on reviews that they have read in the internet or some recommendations from friends. However, nothing creates better marketing than getting into controversy. Here are the top ten controversial books that book lovers should definitely read!
10. Feast for the Seaweeds by Haidar. The book offended Islam and stirred anger from people which caused it to be banned and confiscated in Egypt and different Arab states. Not surprisingly, no clear book review is found online.
9. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, who is dubbed “Darwin’s Rotweiller” accused religion as being the root of all evil in this world – causing divisiveness, being the main cause of wars, and bigotry. He contests the existence of God and reprimands all of those who believe in God’s existence.
8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. This well-loved book was banned in a place in China since 1931 because of how the animal characters acted, think, and felt like people. It was banned to prevent children from reading it and eventually, treat animals and humans equally.
7. DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. Although the book is clearly classified as fiction, its subtle attack and vivid descriptions of events and real places in the story and Brown’s brilliant narration made conspiracy in the Catholic Church for keeping a potential cause of destruction of the holy church seem to be real.
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The book is about a girl who can quickly get into a secured website but cannot get into other people’s lives due to the infliction of Asperger Syndrome which is a form of autism that mainly disables patients to have a normal relationship with others and a mystery that needs to be solved. The book tackled different sensitive issues including sexual violence against both genders and racism.
5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Brothers and sisters falling in love with each other is a definite subject of controversy. In this book, deep affection bloomed when they had to play the role of parents to their younger siblings. As an alcoholic, their mother is incapable of being a responsible parent.
4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This book was banned in Nazi, Germany. It discussed all the hardships and stress that German soldiers faced. The whole book is about the fact that no one really survives war. Other soldiers may live but still, they will never be who they were.
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The Help brutally displays racism that will make readers see what it really is, how it affects people of this time, and how hopeless its victims felt. They were easily abused and no matter how hard they have worked, they end up as victims. It also shows that amidst this issue, there are people who can see past colors.
2. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. My Sister’s Keeper makes the readers think and probably re-evaluate their stand in the issue discussed in the book. With the different point of views used, they will definitely learn a thing or two about the morality and responsibilities of having another child to support the life of the other.
1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. It is the story of a serial killer / businessman in Manhattan. Because of the all the brutal bloodshed and sexual violence, it was declared disturbing. It was banned in the Australian State of Queensland.