Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

9 Surprising Banned Books

The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Those Grimm boys sure knew how to push the envelope. Most of the fairy tales we learned as kids are watered-down versions of classic Grimm stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. In the original works, however, there was more blood and fewer happy endings. Concerned parents have been contesting the literary merit -- and age-appropriateness -- of the Grimm Brothers' work since it was first published in the early 1800s.

On the next page, you'll find the continuation of our list of surprising banned books.