Banned Books Week, celebrated annually during the last week of September, was established in the 1980's to bring awareness to the long-lasting effects of book challenges. It is a recognition of every person’s freedom to read. At the library, we not only support your right to read whatever books you want, but your right to watch movies based on those books.
For the past 24 years, the Office of Intellectual Freedom has recorded book challenges from across the country and compiled them into lists. The books on these lists range from classic works of literature, to new and popular novels for all age ranges. While it is no secret that Hollywood finds inspiration in books on a regular basis, you may not be aware just how many banned books have provided the plots for award-winning films and box office hits. This fall alone saw the release of two movies based on banned books: The Giver, Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic, and in November, the latest installment in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1.
Below is a list of just some of the movies based on books from the American Library Association’s lists of challenged or banned books. Do you have a favorite?