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?
We find the word "classic" tossed about as an excuse for the acceptance of new, when in fact it is nothing new. The introduction of the Gothic novel and the writings of folk like the Marque de Sade are taught as Classic. Justine, The Misfortunes of Virtue, is the purest trash ever written, yet we find that many of the ideas first presented in that first book by Sade surface in places one may not expect. Sigmund Freud uses the theory of sexual motivation as the key to his theory of Psychoanalysis. In parts taken almost verbatim from the works of Sade. We see the idea of "no right to private ownership of property" touted even now in politics. Many of these ideas were first express in Sade's work. The first real explanation of "Utopian Socialism" is found therein.
Does that make it a classic? yes, it does. Should the average person read it? What is average?
At the same time, other writers came up with subjects and prose more to the liking of a moral audience. I guess we can look at two works contemporary to each other, one that describes monks using a needy young girl as a sex slave, or we can read of the trials of a man cursed, then saved by his own transformation of morals. The second ends with these famous words.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
I will let you guess which one I consider a classic worthy of reading.
Folks have been writing novels and poems for at least 2850 to 3200 years. Starting with the Iliad and moving up to "The Prince" everybody agrees on what is a classic. From Utopia to "1984" there is room for debate as to what belongs on the list. Only a handful of the tomes written from 1938 till now need consideration.