5) 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
'The Great Gatsby' was banned because of the language and the sexual references used in the novel. Reading it now, in the 21st Century, it feels extremely tame - a brilliant example of how censorship has changed over the last ninety years.
4) 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley
It's no big surprise that 'Frankenstein' got banned. It was written back in 1818, so the fact that a woman managed to write a novel of this standard AND get it published was revolutionary enough, but the fact that it's one of the earliest examples of science fiction also led to challenges. It was officially banned in South Africa, for being objectionable and obscene.
3) '1984' by George Orwell
In the first of two George Orwell novels that I've chosen, '1984' was banned by Stalin, because he believed the satire was based on his leadership regime. Even if it wasn't true, me thinks the lady doth protest too much - he definitely proved that his leadership was overly controlling of the people.
2) 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell
As soon as banned books are mentioned, my mind instantly jumps to one of my favourite classics of all time: 'Animal Farm'. This novel was also banned due to criticism of the Russian government regime, but more recently it was banned in the United Arab Emirates because of the depiction of talking pigs.
This is probably the most random book I've seen banned. I mean, come on, what could be wrong with this one?! Well, apparently China just don't like the portrayal of anthropomorphized animals and they worried about the fact that 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' might lead people to hold humans and animals in the same regard. Looking at the dapper Dodo pictured above, I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to respect and love animals as much as humans!
I hope you enjoyed my Top Five Wednesday - post the banned books you love down below, so we can keep rebelling together!