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'Hunger Games' on challenge/ban list for libraries

Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence appear in a scene from the 2012 film 'The Hunger Games.' (Lions Gate Films Inc.)

April 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The movie the "Hunger Games" can't be stopped at the box office, but the books are under scrutiny at libraries nationwide.

The trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins has landed in the top ten books being challenged at libraries for the second consecutive year.

When a book is "challenged," that means someone has filed a formal, written complaint requesting that a book be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness for children. Those opposed to the "Hunger Games" trilogy say the books are sexually explicit, violent, insensitive, anti-ethnic, anti-family and occult/satanic.

Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, thinks anticipation for the "Hunger Games" film led to closer criticism of the books. The Books Challenged or Banned list is compiled each year by the ALA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.