1) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
There are a lot of readers that hate this book because it offers a bleak view on the nature of humanity – but I love it in all of its beautiful, savage glory.
2) Under the Skin by Michel Faber
I’m not a hundred percent sure if this book is polarizing in general but I did read it with a couple of friends of mine for a book club and they absolutely HATED it – but I loved it. I found it disturbing, poetic, and profound. This book will change the way you think.
3) The plays of William Shakespeare
I was kind of naive in my teenage years, thinking Shakespeare was universally beloved and respected. Ah, not so, not so! Since then I have met many people who think Shakespeare is highly overrated and his plays are boring. I am not one of these people – my fondness for all things Shakespeare has only grown.
4) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Before I got into The Hunger Games series, I had heard from a couple of people that the first two books were incredible but the last one wasn’t very good at all. While Mockingjay isn’t my favorite in the series, the more times I reread it, the more I like it.
5) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is probably one of the most controversial novels of all time and it’s not really surprising – the main character is, after all, a pedophile. It is definitely not one of the most comfortable topics to read about and there are some parts that are downright disturbing – but it is also a beautifully written story. Some people claim that Lolita glamorizes and promotes pedophilia but I don’t think that this is the case. Nabokov’s goal with Lolita was to write about the most loathsome kind of person he could imagine – and then make him sympathetic.
What are some of your favorite polarizing or controversial books? Let me know!
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