Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Library Troubles

It seems there's now a controversy regarding that lovable, sometimes laughable, and always fascinating phenomenon called "Fifty Shades of Grey" that's taken almost everyone in publishing by absolute surprise. I read it and talked about it a few times. I liked it, too. Though I don't have any strong opinions about the writing because I see writing changing and evolving ALL the time these other words, readers seem to LIKE certain things that wouldn't have been done ten or twenty years ago...I did enjoy the camp and the basic storyline in FSOG. For me, it was fun.

And now, on top of everything else, FSoG is being banned in public libraries in certain places, and it's NOT being banned in public libraries in other places.

In Florida, Wisconsin, and Georgia, they clearly don't want THIS book to grace their shelves.

But in Ohio and Kentucky, they not only decided NOT to ban it they have a long waiting list of readers.

Public libraries in Ohio and Kentucky have opted not to ban the erotic, “semi-pornographic” trilogy that's been dominating bestseller lists -- and the books are flying off the shelves.

I'm not surprised at all that they are flying off the shelves. I've read bog posts and comments and articles all over the Internet with varying opinions on this library topic and I can't even imagine what the author of FSoG must be thinking. In any case, I do wish her well. I doubt when she wrote this book she ever expected anything like this to happen.

Sorry. No comment from me on this one. I have my own book banning issues to deal with. And mine didn't even happen at the public library.


Jon Michaelsen said...

of COURSE it would be Georgia libraries that ban the book, FSOG..with all the hype - and the freaking out of some fine citizens I've seen on the local news - makes me want to run out and buy a copy to see what all the fun is, but then - it's not my type of read...I agree with you, however, that the author likely had no idea what this book would become - good for her!

ryan field said...

I wouldn't be shocked to see it banned here in PA. I'm an hour or so from NY but a million miles from

Bobbi Lerman said...

Of course these ban the book people don't realize their efforts will have the opposite effect of what they are seeking. Forbid and people will want it more. Ban a book and it will sell more.

Is there someone out there forcing people to read this?

If they don't like it, don't buy it or take it out of the library.

ryan field said...

You're right. This is always the way it works. And the book has obviously attracted all these people for a reason, which I think will open doors for other authors. Readers want to be entertained sometimes, not educated.