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There have been a few articles and TV segments on the topic of the Fifty Shades of Grey books as of late. A couple of states have banned the books; because, they categorized the book as 'porn'.

They author states it's a romance novel while most agree it falls in the erotic literature category.

I'm just going to throw out a couple of questions... Feel free to answer one or all or simply share your opinion. Have you read the book(s)? Would your Catholic faith prevent you from reading them? Is it appropriate for a single adult to read novels such as this? Is it appropriate for a married woman or couple to read this book? Do you think banning the books in public libraries is an over-reaction or a sound decision? If you have read it - Why do you think this book steps over a line whereas, other romance novels do not?

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The erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" may have topped recent bestseller charts, but it's proven a little too hot for librarians in east central Florida.

According to Florida Today,the Brevard County Public Library system has removed copies of the book from its 17 libraries.

"We bought some copies before we realized what it was," Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director, told the newspaper. "We don't collect porn."

However, as the Post points out, the libraries still offer copies of "The Complete Kama Sutra," "Lady Chatterley's Love," and "Tropic of Cancer," all of which are erotic literary classics.

"["Fifty Shades of Grey"] is not a classic," Schweinsberg responded.

ABC2News.com reports that more than a quarter of a million copies of the book have so far been sold

*titled editted to be a little less.... shocking?

05/17/2012 new

Oh Dear.

05/17/2012 new
laughing Wuh? angel
05/17/2012 new

(Quote) Tammy-492301 said: There have been a few articles and TV segments on the topic of the Fifty Shades of Grey books as of late...
(Quote) Tammy-492301 said: There have been a few articles and TV segments on the topic of the Fifty Shades of Grey books as of late. A couple of states have banned the books; because, they categorized the book as 'porn'.

They author states it's a romance novel while most agree it falls in the erotic literature category.

I'm just going to throw out a couple of questions... Feel free to answer one or all or simply share your opinion. Have you read the book(s)? Would your Catholic faith prevent you from reading them? Is it appropriate for a single adult to read novels such as this? Is it appropriate for a married woman or couple to read this book? Do you think banning the books in public libraries is an over-reaction or a sound decision? If you have read it - Why do you think this book steps over a line whereas, other romance novels do not?

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The erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" may have topped recent bestseller charts, but it's proven a little too hot for librarians in east central Florida.

According to Florida Today,the Brevard County Public Library system has removed copies of the book from its 17 libraries.

"We bought some copies before we realized what it was," Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director, told the newspaper. "We don't collect porn."

However, as the Post points out, the libraries still offer copies of "The Complete Kama Sutra," "Lady Chatterley's Love," and "Tropic of Cancer," all of which are erotic literary classics.

"["Fifty Shades of Grey"] is not a classic," Schweinsberg responded.

ABC2News.com reports that more than a quarter of a million copies of the book have so far been sold
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HI Tammy! Wow-- you really know how to throw one out there, don't you?! wink


I was happy to read in your post that the public library system in the county where I live (Brevard) had enough sense to get rid of it. I wonder, however, who made the bonehead decision to purchase them in the first place?! irked I do not want my tax money being used to purchase porn, soft or otherwise.


As for your question re: whether Catholics, single or otherwise, should read it, well, if it does not elevate the soul or improve your relationship with Christ, then no. We are called to live chaste lives through Christ, which involves much more than just not having sex outside marriage. Being chaste is a state of mind, single or married. Keeping the sexual union between husband and wife sacred is being "chaste." Anything to alter that state of mind would not be appropriate, IMHO. Why would a single person want to inflame their carnal impulses when there is no acceptable way to disperse it except through prayer? and confession.... Praying

I will admit that I have lived life on both sides of the "fence" and I prefer the side with Christ in it. Hands down, no contest.


So there you have it-- I threw my stick in the fire. duck Next!



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I haven't read the book and only just now did a quick google search on it.

My only comment is this: are you working for the publisher on the side? Your teaser questions have my interest piqued now. wink

05/17/2012 new

I haven't read them.. Haven't even heard of them.. I may have to now! mischievous

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(Quote) Missy-358855 said: As for your question re: whether Catholics, single or otherwise, should read it, well, if...
(Quote) Missy-358855 said:

As for your question re: whether Catholics, single or otherwise, should read it, well, if it does not elevate the soul or improve your relationship with Christ, then no. We are called to live chaste lives through Christ, which involves much more than just not having sex outside marriage. Being chaste is a state of mind, single or married. Keeping the sexual union between husband and wife sacred is being "chaste." Anything to alter that state of mind would not be appropriate, IMHO. Why would a single person want to inflame their carnal impulses when there is no acceptable way to disperse it except through prayer? and confession....

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Precisely! Very well stated!!



05/17/2012 new

Never hear of it.

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not carrying the book isn't the same thing as "banning" it. libraries have limited shelf space and can't be expected to buy and display every book. you don't see mein kampf in libraries but it's not "banned".


go ahead and read them if you like. read them "with one hand" even, but don't expect commendations.


funny how women berate guys for looking at internet porn then rush out and read over-heated frankly sexual "romance" novels.


a friend of mine put herself through kenyon college writing that stuff. she bought a big box full of romance novels at a garage sale during her senior year in high school. she read them in a matter of months and digested the standard formulas and terms they use. she could spit one out in a weekend then revise it the following wekend. she got $3,000 per book (this was 1978) and wrote about 10 a year. harlequin wasn't the publisher; it was one of the trashier lines but still oje that sold its books in most bookstores and general retail outlets. she used to chortle when she wrote the sex scenes. she was always drunk and would call me up at 3 in the morning to read them to me. she became a university reference librarian. i don't know if she still writes those books. she may. haven't seen her since the late 1980's.



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(Quote) Missy-358855 said: HI Tammy! Wow-- you really know how to throw one out there, don't you?!
(Quote) Missy-358855 said:

HI Tammy! Wow-- you really know how to throw one out there, don't you?!

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she does this all the time then fades into the woodwork and watches us make fools of ourselves. she does the same thing on facebook too.


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