21 Retro Reads 📚 That Were Once Taboo 🙊🙈🙉 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.

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.

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