Category: author hot seat

"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 days…in 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.