21 Retro Reads πŸ“š That Were Once Taboo πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰ to Add to Your List ...


The tides of popular opinion change, as do society's morals, its prudish quirks, and its general openness in matters of sex, gender, sexuality, race, and diversity.

As such, things that were once considered taboo become, with the passage of time, tame and even innocent, if not a bit kitsch in some cases.

Consider, for instance, that Harry Potter, Twilight, and 50 Shades of Grey were and are all considered taboo in some areas.

That makes it a bit easier to understand why it took so long for the world to come around on the subject of the following risque retro reads.2

1. Peyton Place

Peyton Place

I think Peyton Place is charming.

However, it came out at a time when sex itself was a taboo subject, let alone the books other themes, such as incest and abuse.

Furthermore, it took place in a corner of the world where such subjects still tend to make the natives a little squeamish.

2. Return to Peyton Place

Return to Peyton Place

Return to Peyton Place was panned for the same reason as the original.2

It, too, is charming, although if anything it's a bit more risque.

However, it tackled topics that needed to be tackled.2

If anything, it should have only been panned for not quite living up to the first book.

3. Lolita


Lolita's status as a taboo novel is a little easier to understand, given the subject matter.

That being said, it's actually one of my favorite books.

It's beautifully written, and the twisted storytelling, the way our handsome Humbert tries so hard to make himself into the heartbroken genius, is sheer genius.

4. Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

Sex, drugs, and stardom.

Though Valley of the Dolls painted a realistic picture of life for young women seeking fame and fortune in the streets of New York City and LA, people were not happy to see what hides behind the veil.

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