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28th May '18 11:36:08 AM TheSaddleman
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* The [[YoungAdult YA]] genre runs into this a lot, due to the "young" part of its name. Many books (and adaptations) in the genre have attracted the ire of MediaWatchdogs and parental groups for sexual content, violence, language and adult themes that are seen to be inappropriate for children's literature, but YA is ''not'' children's literature. In fact it covers a demographic ranging from late teens to early 30s, and the genre's content reflects this.
17th Apr '18 1:35:43 PM margdean56
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''Literature/{{TheLittlePrince}}'' - So we have a book about the loss of innocence that accompanies growth, which treats topics such as codependency and politics, and that ends with the death of the titular character, but with a kid on the cover and several cartoonish illustrations; let's make it a compulsory read for kids 8 yo.! That's the best way to make them hate books.

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''Literature/{{TheLittlePrince}}'' ''Literature/{{The Little Prince}}'' - So we have a book about the loss of innocence that accompanies growth, which treats topics such as codependency and politics, and that ends with the death of the titular character, but with a kid on the cover and several cartoonish illustrations; let's make it a compulsory read for kids 8 yo.! That's the best way to make them hate books.
26th Dec '17 3:35:34 PM LadyJafaria
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** ''Discworld/WheresMyCow'' is a very mild example; it's a picture book, and not ''too'' inappropriate, but does touch on some of the more unpleasant or serious aspects of Discworld, including Foul Ole Ron (whose CatchPhrase includes a form of [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch the word "bugger"]]) and Vetinari, about whom whom readers are advised to "really ''don't'' [[TroubleEntendre let him detain you]]."
6th Dec '17 1:48:56 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is about kids, right?

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* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is an adventure story about kids, right?boys on a desert island, right? The book has been included in some children's reading programs, notably ones that were created by and for people who speak English as a second language.
21st Nov '17 8:56:52 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RussellTDavies was wise enough to avert this when the BBC wanted to republish his Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Damaged Goods'' after he became the high-profile ShowRunner of the revived series. He reportedly persuaded the BBC that young ''Doctor Who'' fans shouldn't be encouraged to read one of the grimmer entries in what was in general a notoriously DarkerAndEdgier portion of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.

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* Creator/RussellTDavies was wise enough to avert this when the BBC wanted to republish his Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures tie-in novel ''Damaged Goods'' ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDamagedGoods Damaged Goods]]'' after he became the high-profile ShowRunner of the revived series. He reportedly persuaded the BBC that young ''Doctor Who'' fans shouldn't be encouraged to read one of the grimmer entries in what was in general a notoriously DarkerAndEdgier portion of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.
10th Nov '17 4:28:32 PM Kemm
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''Literature/{{TheLittlePrince}}'' - So we have a book about the loss of innocence that accompanies growth, which treats topics such as codependency and politics, and that ends with the death of the titular character, but with a kid on the cover and several cartoonish illustrations; let's make it a compulsory read for kids 8 yo.! That's the best way to make them hate books.
3rd Nov '17 7:23:03 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/SquirrelSeeksChipmunk'' by DavidSedaris. Don't be fooled by the amazing art, this book is dark, dark, '''dark''' with an extra heaping of cynicism and horror.
* {{Henrik Drescher}}'s ''Literature/TalesFromTheCrib.'' Don't let the bottle shaped book and the picture book format fool you. This book is filled with sexual imagery and dark themes about the dark side of parenting.
* For a very odd case reminiscent of Mark Twain's issues, there is Mumu by Ivan Turgenev. Originally an adult-directed commentary asserting that feudal Russia was a CrapsackWorld, it has since become an incredibly popular bedtime story in its native Russia, spawning quite a few cartoons "marketed" (Soviet Union, markets illegal) for kids, despite featuring what Russians call a [[DownerEnding realistic ending]] in which the starring deaf-mute [[spoiler: drowns Mumu,]] his only friend and loyal puppy. This explains so much about Russia.

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* ''Literature/SquirrelSeeksChipmunk'' by DavidSedaris.Creator/DavidSedaris. Don't be fooled by the amazing art, this book is dark, dark, '''dark''' with an extra heaping of cynicism and horror.
* {{Henrik Drescher}}'s Creator/HenrikDrescher's ''Literature/TalesFromTheCrib.'' Don't let the bottle shaped book and the picture book format fool you. This book is filled with sexual imagery and dark themes about the dark side of parenting.
* For a very odd case reminiscent of Mark Twain's issues, there is Mumu by Ivan Turgenev. Originally an adult-directed commentary asserting that feudal Russia was a CrapsackWorld, it has since become an incredibly popular bedtime story in its native Russia, spawning quite a few cartoons "marketed" (Soviet Union, markets illegal) for kids, despite featuring what Russians call a [[DownerEnding realistic ending]] in which the starring deaf-mute [[spoiler: drowns [[spoiler:drowns Mumu,]] his only friend and loyal puppy. This explains so much about Russia.



** Death of vehicle-crushed drunk [[CrimeAndPunishment Marmeladov]] in front of his children, surrounded by their tuberculosis stricken mother, prostitute elder half-sister and some local riff-raff (including one kind student who is, you probably know, a murderer).
* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.

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** Death of vehicle-crushed drunk [[CrimeAndPunishment [[Literature/CrimeAndPunishment Marmeladov]] in front of his children, surrounded by their tuberculosis stricken mother, prostitute elder half-sister and some local riff-raff (including one kind student who is, you probably know, a murderer).
* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" {{ghetto|Index}}" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] {{True Art|IsAncient}} and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.



* Creator/RosemaryWells, who is well-known as the creator behind ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'', the Yoko series, and Yoko & Friends, always makes children's books that star anthropomorphic animals. She also made other books without her signature animal illustrations such as "Red Moon" (which is set during TheAmericanCivilWar) and "Through The Hidden Door", which are geared towards older readers. Which explains why she doesn't do illustrations for those books along with "Helping Children Cope With Divorce" and "Helping Children Cope With Grief". Probably to avoid the situation Creator/RaymondBriggs did by [[ArtStyleDissonance using the same Illustrations]] for Literature/TheSnowman for his comic book ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows.

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* Creator/RosemaryWells, who is well-known as the creator behind ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'', the Yoko series, and Yoko & Friends, always makes children's books that star anthropomorphic animals. She also made other books without her signature animal illustrations such as "Red Moon" (which is set during TheAmericanCivilWar) UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar) and "Through The Hidden Door", which are geared towards older readers. Which explains why she doesn't do illustrations for those books along with "Helping Children Cope With Divorce" and "Helping Children Cope With Grief". Probably to avoid the situation Creator/RaymondBriggs did by [[ArtStyleDissonance using the same Illustrations]] for Literature/TheSnowman for his comic book ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows.
16th Oct '17 12:44:49 AM bfunc
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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''. Thanks to the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed animated adaptations, the books are sometimes mistaken for being child-friendly jungle adventure stories as well. In reality, Burroughs' novels present a fair amount of violence, occasionally even {{Gorn}}y torture scenes.

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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''. Thanks to the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed animated adaptations, adaptations[[note]]and, ''decades'' before those, most of the many, ''many'' live-action movies featuring the character[[/note]], the books are sometimes mistaken for being child-friendly jungle adventure stories as well. In reality, Burroughs' novels present a fair amount of violence, occasionally even {{Gorn}}y torture scenes.
16th Sep '17 11:50:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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** This was also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' where [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters some prison guards]] saw Beast reading.

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** This was also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' where [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters some prison guards]] saw Beast reading.
3rd Aug '17 5:44:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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** But above all, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. We have averted cannibalism, gay Mandos, and {{Shotacon}}.

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** But above all, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. We have averted cannibalism, gay Mandos, and {{Shotacon}}.paedophilia.
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