Fifty Shades of Grey, the popular trilogy by EL James, may be topping bestseller lists, but you won’t necessarily be able to find it at your local library.
Libraries in a few states are choosing not to stock the books or pulling them from shelves, with many citing what they say is inappropriate content.
The libraries that have decided against stocking the books due to their explicit sexual content so far are located in Georgia, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Some libraries that are not stocking the book cite financial reasons or bad reviews for the trilogy. Yeah right. A Random House spokesperson said:
“Random House fervently opposes literary censorship and supports the First Amendment rights of readers to make their own reading choices.”
The book, in case you don’t know, is about a hot, rich guy and beautiful, young sex plaything/slave and their various, detailed physical exploits.
Its movie rights were recently optioned, with fan speculation already reaching a fever pitch over who should play Christian and Anastasia.
Sexually provocative or not, a book is still a book, Random House says.
“We believe the Brevard County Public Library System [in Florida] is indulging in an act of censorship,” the spokesman says, calling out one library ban in particular.
“Essentially this is saying to library patrons: we will judge what you can read.”
“These events resonate as unfortunately considered decisions, as they withdraw from circulation a book with one of the highest demand curves in recent history.”
THG’s TAKE: C’mon, just lighten up and give the people what they want … that being mind-numbingly cheesy, Twilight fan fiction-inspired softcore erotica.