(Quote) Tammy-492301 said:
There have been a few articles and TV segments on the topic of the Fifty Shades of Grey books as ...
(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?
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?
"Banned" is a loaded word and misused in this case. The book is still available to people in those jurisdictions via interlibrary loan, Amazon, B&N, etc; the government (in this case, the public library) is just choosing not to purchase it/carry it. They choose to purchase or not purchase thousands of books a year. Are all the other unpurchased books also "banned"? Of course not. Public libraries are responsible to the community and therefore have to use money to purchase items with wide appeal that meet community standards. Whoever is responsible for collection management there probably has seen the book on several lists and purchased it on the basis of that; there is a good chance they didn't know what the firestorm the book tends to cause.
Anyway, this book offends primarily because I enjoy literature. This book started out an internet fan fiction and then as an e-book. It only got a publisher because, as David mentioned, porn for housewives is still a socially acceptable way to make $$$$.