Banned Books Film Series

Tenley-Friendship Library

Banned Books Film Series

Film adaptations of banned books

Banned Books Week starts Sept. 21, and we're taking part by celebrating some banned books which have been adapted for the the silver screen. Come join us to judge the content for yourself.
James and the Giant Peach book cover
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach
Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. [PG]

James and the Giant Peach has been the target of bans for its references to tobacco and alcohol, mysticism and profanity. The book has also been accused of endorsing communism, drug use and disobedience to children. 
Push book cover
Sapphire's Push 
Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. [R]

Banned for depicting rape, incest and teen pregnancy, Push is the story of a teenage girl's extreme adversity. The book is narrated in the first person by its main character, Precious, who is working to overcome illiteracy. The non-standard English gave more ammunition to those who argued against the book's appropriateness for school.
One Flew Over book cover
Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. [R]

Frequently banned since its publication in 1962, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has taken criticism for allegedly glorifying criminal activity, corrupting juveniles and depicting violence, torture and death. The book has also been banned on the charge that it promotes secular humanism.