Development history[ edit ] InThomas Niles, the publisher of Louisa May Alcott, recommended that she write a book about girls that would have widespread appeal. Alcott wrote, "they are the best critics, so I should definitely be satisfied. Each of the March sister heroines had a harrowing experience that alerted her and the reader that "childhood innocence" was of the past, and that "the inescapable woman problem" was all that remained.
And more often than not, the books in question are contemporary novels that top the bestseller lists even as their worth is questioned. Here are 10 wildly popular 21st-century books that people have tried to ban—and the surprising reasons they were deemed unsuitable material.
Offensive language, violence, and material unsuitable to the age group. School districts in California and Connecticut tried to ban the series in because it was allegedly causing unruly behavior among the children.
Apparently, literal toilet talk is seen as unsuitable for the under set. One mom in Phoenix, Arizona, asked that the books be pulled from elementary school shelves after discovering that Lovingly Alice "described sex in detail and used the words penis and vagina.
That these are used to portray tumultuous political and familial relationships—and show how themes of redemption, guilt, and faith permeate both personal and global spheres—are, apparently, irrelevant.
However, in addition to violent content, The Hunger Games has been regularly challenged for its religious viewpoint, anti-ethnic and anti-family sentiments, and occult or satanic imagery. Rebellious kids, it seems, are a big no-no for anxious parents and authority figures.
Never mind the fact that the novels, published between andtake a progressive stance on discrimination and sexism. An earlier version of this article ran in Jo's book was the pride of her heart, and was regarded by her family as a literary sprout of great promise. It was only half a dozen little fairy tales, but Jo had worked over them patiently, putting her whole heart into her work, hoping to make something good enough to print.
Sep 13, · The book, especially in its creation of Jo — independent, unconventional, irreverent, impatient, devoted to her writing and proud of her ability to earn money at it — has been an inspiration.
May 15, · And when Jo gets her own wish, fame for writing a book much like "Little Women," she is punished, in some funny scenes, by so many autograph seekers at .
Josephine "Jo" Bhaer (née March) was the second-eldest March sister. She is seen as the main character of Little Women Jo was a reckless, daring child. She often wished she'had been a boy', and as consolation enjoyed whistling, using slang and ruffling up her clothes (which were a great trial to Also Known As: Jo, Mrs.
Plot Overview. Alcott prefaces Little Women with an excerpt from John Bunyan’s seventeenth-century work The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegorical novel about leading a Christian life. Alcott’s story begins with the four March girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—sitting in their living room, lamenting their poverty.
Jo's book was the pride of her heart, and was regarded by her family as a literary sprout of great promise. It was only half a dozen little fairy tales, but Jo had worked over them patiently, putting her whole heart into her work, hoping to make something good enough to print.