Fifty Shades of Grey Discussion

So not too long away D2 was talking about the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. While I was in the Portland airport last week, I’d guess that I saw at least 50 people reading it.

Well, the New York Times has a piece about a Florida library removing the book from its library shelves. Read it here.

And here’s a thoughtful rebuttal from the Annoyed Librarian. This question comes up in libraries over and over.

The question “Is it porn?” comes up over and over in libraries. Trust me. You haven’t lived until you’ve had to tell three guys in one week to put it away and head home with their arousal.



4 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grey Discussion

  1. Very interesting reading. I just recently heard about the book so I’m starting to see these discussions pop up. Thanks for posting on this.

  2. I still haven’t read it. Now that it’s being pulled from library shelves, I may never. I don’t have any time to read anyway. Or write. Boo!

    I don’t like book censorship, though. And in the internet age, you can find far worse, I’m sure, with just a few click, click, clicks of the mouse. At least it’s a book; at least people are reading.

    My job may not be perfect, but the fact that I haven’t (yet) had to tell anyone to put it away I view as a definite plus. Every cloud has a silver lining, and all of that.

  3. I’m not usually one for having books banned from libraries, but really, who cares? If you want to read the book, go out and BUY it. No one is saying you can’t read it. Libraries shouldn’t be forced to have it on their shelves if they deem it inappropriate. From your experience mentioned in the last sentence, it seems as if there is good reason behind those that choose to remove it from their shelves.

    • No, there are hundreds of romances on our shelves that are more explicit than 50 Shades. Many of the people condemning the book haven’t read it.

      Those three guys I mention were on the computers looking at…questionable material, not reading a so-so erotic tale that seems to be driven by female readers.

      Also, libraries use the words “ban” and “censorship” way too freely. It makes them feel noble.

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