Libraries Ban ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ For Being ‘Porn’

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the tantalizing tome whose erotic themes have helped earned it the top spot on the New York Times’ best seller list, has proven far too colorful for Brevard County libraries.

Brevard County Public Libraries elected to remove the books from their stocks after reading the material for themselves and subsequently deeming it inappropriate.

“[W]e bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn,’” Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director, told the Palm Beach Post. “We don’t collect porn.”

She additionally noted to the paper that no one in the community had requested the book’s removal.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” does not venture into new territory – other classic books, including “The Kama Sutra,” an ancient Indian text by Vatsyayana, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence and “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov all feature sexually explicit imagery, and are all allegedly available at libraries throughout the county.

“I think because those other books were written years ago and became classics because of the quality of the writing,” Schweinsberg said when asked by the Palm Beach Post about the difference between the older works and the new sensation. “This is not a classic.”

The E. L. James book, the first in a trilogy, is reportedly based on a work of fan fiction based on another wildly popular series of books – “Twilight.”

So far, the trilogy has sold over 3 million copies, between physical and digital sales.

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