Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, was the #10 most challenged book of 2010 and the entire series was #5 in 2009.
I’ve been seeing this book pop up in the tags for Banned Books Week and wanted to say a couple of words. Many didn’t understand why it was banned for the topic of religion. Even though the characters aren’t necessarily religious, it is important to note that Meyer is Mormon and her religious beliefs shine throughout the series. The facts that Edward wants Bella to wait until marriage - to keep her virginity intact -, that Bella is consistently kept from thinking for herself, the men in her life are overly protective and get outraged when she does anything on her own without discussing it with them, that she eventually makes the choice to marry Edward but as a result is essentially cut off from her family and must remain at home and be a mother, etc., are all part of religious values.
It was challenged because of the author’s personal religious beliefs, and if you read the text closely you can see that reflected in Bella’s choices. And while I disagree with many of the choices she makes, it is still not a good reason to ban a book, and if you want to read it you should be able to.
That is all. Now go back to reading whatever your hearts desire.