In an age where pretty much anything goes, it’s difficult to imagine that something as seemingly innocent as a book could be seen as obscene or dangerously influential. However, some books are still banned in many countries and throughout the last 100 years or so, even countries such as the UK and US — typically forgiving when it comes to censorship — have been known to ban some of humanity’s greatest works.
Written by Brett Easton Ellis and turned into a film of the same name, this tale of a murderous American yuppie has raised a few eyebrows in its time. Upon release, it was banned in the Australian state of Queensland. They relaxed that ban after some years, but even to this day you need to be over the age of 18 to purchase a copy or to rent one from a library.