Palin wanted to Ban these titles...Why?

Can someone tell me why she wanted to ban these titles,

I see a common theme in some, but others I don't--anyone know???

Here is the list of books Palin tried to have banned:


> A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

> A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

> Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

> As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

> Blubber by Judy Blume

> Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

> Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

> Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

> Carrie by Stephen King

> Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

> Christine by Stephen King

> Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

> Cujo by Stephen King

> Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen

> Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite

> Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck

> Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

> Decameron by Boccaccio

> East of Eden by John Steinbeck

> Fallen Angels by Walter Myers

> Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland

> Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

> Forever by Judy Blume

> Grendel by John Champlin Gardner

> Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam

> Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

> Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

> Have to Go by Robert Munsch

> Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

> How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

> Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

> I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

> Impressions edited by Jack Booth

> In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

> It's Okay if You Don't Love Me by Norma Klein

> James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

> Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

> Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

> Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

> Lord of the Flies by William Golding

> Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein

> Lysistrata by Aristophanes

> More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

> My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher


> My House by Nikki Giovanni

> My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara

> Night Chills by Dean Koontz

> Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

> On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

> One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

> One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

> One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

> Ordinary People by Judith Guest

> Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective

> Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

> Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

> Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

> Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

> Separate Peace by John Knowles

> Silas Marner by George Eliot

> Slaughterhouse- Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

> Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

> The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

> The Bastard by John Jakes

> The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

> The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

> The Color Purple by Alice Walker

> The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

> The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs

> The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

> The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

> The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

> The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder

> The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks

> The Living Bible by William C. Bower

> The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

> The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman

> The Pigman by Paul Zindel

> The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders

> The Shining by Stephen King

> The Witches by Roald Dahl

> The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder

> Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume

> To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

> Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

> Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster

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17 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Where is your source? Just because you write it, doesn't make it true!

  • 1 decade ago

    Some of these I understand, some I do not. Some I haven't even heard of. Some, judging by the titles, just sound bad. And lastly, I didn't read the entire list.

    My first question is- from where is she trying to ban these books? An elementary school library? A local library?

    I can tell first off, Clockwork Orange is understandable as some parts are highly inappropriate for some audiences.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin has the N word featured over 270 something times. It has been attempted to be banned by hundreds of people from countless libraries and bookstores.

    The Shining features a man becoming possessed by evil spirits. Many religious people would oppose the story. Most Stephen King stories feature possession and insanity.

    Now for the ones I know: (It may not even apply) Harry Potter had been banned in Mexico. The books were burned.

    I love the Bridge to Teribithia. And the Canterbury Tales were somewhat interesting; I don't see anything wrong with them.

  • Gail
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    note: there’s some buzz being generated that says that this post contains a comment that lists the books that Palin supposedly wanted banned. The list is here, but there appears to be no truth to the claim made by the commenter, and no further documentation or support for this has turned up. You for got to add the NOTE when you copied and pasted from that website. Its a made up list from Palin's mayor rival John Stien.If she wanted to bann books why does she have a 80+ approval rating in the state. Also if you go on Wasilla's hometown paper's website you will see she has the support of the town. No mention of banning books there either. People need to stop being SHEEPEOPLE and look stuff up. Do some legg work and stop beleiving CNN, MSNBC,and FOX. LOOK STUFF UP !!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    "She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term."

    Information provided by FactCheck.Org.

    Try doing a little research before believing everything you read from MoveOn.Org. They've got an agenda. One it seems your all to eager to endorse.

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    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You're a liar. This has been shown to be false. Harry Potter wasn't even released at the time she supposedly tried to ban these books. I'm sorry you feel you need to bend the truth to help your candidate out. How sad for you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes I saw that on Cnn or MS NBC or hot line news, I know why McCain picked her , I hear she is a hot head and pig headed and reminds me of Bush , she fires people that don't agree with her too, I wonder is she is related to Hitler, could be changed,to something some one said her maiden name was and it was like a jewsih name or german probably.

    When someone in charge wants to censor the library books or ban them we are in trouble. She also has a bunch of e-mails that want inspection she claims are private to her job but she forwarded them to her husband a regular citizen so,,,,,, that is trouble -T

  • 1 decade ago

    And if you listen to that horrible interview, Charlie Gibson asked her and she said she never banned or asked for banning of any books. What a liar. I have a degree in English and half those books on that list, I have read and I don't see why they would be banned. What a looney tune.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Where did you get this list and who says she wanted to ban books?

  • 1 decade ago

    Not true. She never even tried to have ANY books banned. You people are so gullible. This has been debunked 100 times already. Please go to

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think Palin is a horrible choice and that mostly reflects John McCain's poor judgment. But, seriously now. Where's the source? According to a local newspaper she just asked IF the librarian would ban books and then sought to get her fired because she said she would not ... there was never a list of books she wanted to ban that I know of. Enlighten us with your source please. :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    funny that over a dozen of those titles were not yet published when she was Mayor of Wassilla....I think we should make her President, just based on her ability to tell the future.

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