By now you must have heard of the novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" flying off virtual bookshelves at Amazon.com and every other website. It is especially popular among women and housewives everywhere reportedly have a copy. Even "Saturday Night Live" did a parody last weekend, showing the apparent intensity this book evokes.
It has been on The Times Best-seller list for weeks, and author E. L. James, a married mother of two from London, has made the rounds on television for the book, her first novel. She told Robyn Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" that she got the idea of penning this novel after reading the "Twilight" series and never in her wildest dreams did she anticipate this level of success. She said the enthusiastic reception from readers has exceeded her highest expectation. But a Florida library does not share the same love of the intensely erotic page-turner - they have removed it from their shelves and banned any future copies from making its way there. Some are crying censorhip and call for Florida's public library to lighten up.
For the few of you who do not know what all the furor is about, here goes. The book stars a young college student who falls for a billionaire. Sounds like your run-of-mill romance novel, right? So I'm sure you're wondering what all the fuss is about?
They say never judge a book by it's cover and this one literally adheres to that adage. The mild name belies a steamy, risque plot where sadism-masochism rules the day. S&M and lots and lots of hot sex have women biting their fingers in enjoyment and libraries calling the novel "mommy porn." Below is a synopsis from Fishpond.com, one of the sites selling "Fifty Shades of Grey":
"When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view ..."
There are millions of romance novels and erotica in libraries across America, so why is this book stirring such high emotions? Maybe its because moms are into it and most don't want to be seen as sexual beings with an erotic side?
How do they think the human race kept on going? Seriously, there are women--many of them moms--who love sex, role-playing, the risque or taboo just as men. Sometimes even more adventurous than our male counterparts.
We do sometimes have more than fifty shades of grey, and society needs to wake up to that reality. Florida: Please put the book back on the shelves. You carry the Zane series and Jerome Dickey, both known for their steamy eroticism. Just put them all in one section to make it easier for us when we come in to check out a few.
What do you think of the ban on "Fifty Shades of Grey"?