The Guardian reports today that Stephanie Meyer has joined the ranks of authors whose books get the most requests to be banned form libraries. The Twilight series debuts at fifth, after To Kill a Mockingbird and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, among others.
The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles the list by the year and the decade. From their press release yesterday: “A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness. In 2009, OIF received 460 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.”
The reasons suggested for banning Twilight are cited as “Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group,” remarkably similar to The Catcher in the Rye, which comes in sixth for “Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group.” Seven titles were dropped from the list this year, including Gossip Girl and The Kite Runner.
Read the full list after the jump.