Fifty Shades of Grey is just too raunchy for all you library goers.
The book that continues to be a runaway success is now finding itself being banned from three state libraries; Florida, Wisconsin and Georgia. States that all happen to be in the South and traditionally Republican enclaves.
The S and M fictional trilogy from British author E L James documents a fantasy as played out by two consenting partners. Needless to say the book has enthusiasts secretly salivating and one dares wonder trying their own secret experiments behind closed doors.
Said Cathy Schweinsberg, director of library services in Brevard County, Florida (one of 4 Florida counties that has banned the book): “It’s quite simple, it doesn’t meet our selection criteria.”
Nevertheless readers have been storming libraries demanding access to the book (but why should we listen to reader’s tastes when we more enlightened ones can ‘suggest’ what they ought to be reading) which has become a cult favorite. Because let’s admit it nothing beats the joy of being secretly aroused in a pubic venue imagining about a secret life that you never knew existed.
With passages like the following one can hardly not fail to understand why such declasse literature needn’t haunt the annals of fine establishments in certain parts of the country:
‘”I’d like to bite that lip,” he whispers darkly. … Jeez, I’m a quivering, moist mess, and he hasn’t even touched me. I squirm in my seat and meet his dark glare,’ one passage in the book reads.
Then there’s too:
According to the Palm Beach Post, while the books can no longer be found on the Brevard County‘s website, the libraries do offer copies of ‘The Complete Karma Sutra,’ and other famously controversial books like ‘Tropic of Cancer,’ and ‘Lolita,’ a 1955 novel about a man who falls in love with and attempts to seduce a 12-year-old girl.
Asked the difference between those books and Fifty Shades of Grey, Mrs Schweinsberg called the others classics, reasoning: ‘I think because those other books were written years ago and became classics, because of the quality of the writing.’
Of course let’s not forget that’s what was said of the above books too when they first came out. But we’ll ignore that part just in case we make a few librarians needlessly squirm.
With respect to the 50 Shades of Grey, Mrs Schweinsberg offered the book didn’t deserve a place amongst the other books, cause unlike them, the book is not a ‘classic.’
Of course give the book 3 more years and it will become a classic. Aren’t you happy that your local librarian knows better than you what makes for ‘appropriate reading material?