Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey...The Controversy
I am always the last to know or at least to pay attention. Fifty Shades of Grey came to my attention by author Lauren K. Pomeroy. She heard about it, checked it out on Amazon and found alot of mixed reviews. She opted not to purchase. It's a controvery alright. One star reviews are catching up to the five star ones.
Erotica is not my genre and Fifty Shades of Grey will not be added to my Kindle library (sorry E.L., nothing personal). The question is, will it be added to yours?
#1 on Amazon in both paper back and kindle is an impressive feat. Surprising when there are (as of today) 2,123 five stars and 1,448 1 stars. 509 are four stars, 345 three stars and 427 two stars (is this still considered poor?)
It seems E. L. James is getting equal shares of pats on the backs and dirty looks over her book. The first to a trilogy. Fifty Shades of Grey was banned in three states as of May 10th, Florida (my home) was one of them.
In an article from dailymail.co. uk, Fifty Shades was referred as "Mommy Porn" Read here.
"Libraries in Wisconsin and Georgia are following the lead set by Florida after 17 outposts deemed the book "semi-pornographic".
Huffington post did an article about this and these were the reasons why Fifty Shades was pulled from libraries:
"Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" from shelves or deciding not to order the best-seller at all, saying it's too steamy or too poorly written."
Is this statement a fact or opinion? Those 1,448 1 star and 427 two star reviews out of the 4,852 total customer reviews on amazon all think so and repeat the phrase. Poorly written or trash. One of those libraries in Florida was Brevard county library. They pulled the book on May 4th based on those statement, but by May 29th, Fifty Shades of Grey was put back on their shelves.
From Celebrity Circuit news (cbsnews)
Why was this?
It seems the library did so in response to requests from residents. Saying the library was against censorship and was reviewing its selection criteria. Did it also happen to be due to a petition? Yep...have you heard of Change.org?
Well it seems many felt the censorship of the book was wrong and illegal.
"Because banning books is wrong, no matter what the perceived content."
1,921 people signed that petition.
So again, will Fifty Shades of Grey be added to your library? Many say it shouldn't and many say it should. Love to hear your comments...
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