Teens murdering each other, the government cutting people’s tongues off, a little kissing here and there — just a couple of themes that probably made the Hunger Games trilogy the third most-challenged books in the U.S., according to the American Library Association.
Last year, only the first book appeared on the list, coming in at number five, the Associated Press reports. This year however, the entire trilogy made the list, rising to number three, and the criticisms were much harsher, jumping from “unsuited to age group and violence” to “anti-ethnic; anti-family and occult/satanic.” Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, thinks the rising anticipation for the film led to increased criticism of the book.
The two other most challenged books on the this year’s list were Lauren Myracle novels: ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r followed by The Color of Earth series by Kim Dong Hwa. Both were deemed sexually explicit. Makes you think back to a time when Judy Blume was considered risqué.