Book banning has been a problem for a long time. It brings up several fundamental questions. Who gets to decide what is or isn't offensive? Is it fair to withhold a book from people just because a small percentage don't like what's in it? And, perhaps most importantly, doesn't that threaten to start a landslide in which everything that someone objects to gets banned? The simple fact is that some people are afraid of certain ideas, so they try to shield their children from those ideas by demanding certain books get pulled from schools' library shelves. Sometimes, though, those scary ideas are important to expose children to, because the world can be a tough place.
If you don't have a lot of time to read banned books, you can always pop in their cinematic adaptations. The following films based on controversial novels are all underrated. They're known, yet could certainly benefit from being acknowledged more for their level of quality. None of them generated the outrage that their print counterparts did. Maybe moviegoers are just generally more accepting of challenging material. Whatever the reason, these pictures successfully translate hot-button material from the page to the screen.
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