‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States

I’m not sure about the decision by multiple libraries to ban Fifty Shades of Grey.  Now, as I said in my previous post, I am not a fan of the trilogy.  But does this count as censorship?

I understand in the case of the libraries where they don’t carry erotica, period.  But what about where they decided not to carry it because the writing is bad?  That’s a little subjective. Since when do libraries only carry books that have universally received good reviews?  If they did, they would never carry any book.

Wishful thinking aside, I would never presume to tell someone else what they can or cannot read.  Unless the library doesn’t carry any book in this genre, including “classics” by the Marquis de Sade, then they shouldn’t be banning the book.

Anyone else have any insights here?

The link below takes you to the full Huffington Post article.

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States.


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6 responses to “‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States

  1. When books get banned…people become more interested in reading them to find out why they were banned.

  2. Yes, I agree. I can’t think of a better way to get people to want to read a book, than to tell them they can’t. Especially if you tell them it’s because it has naughty bits (gross understatement, I know). There will now be people buying it on principle.

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  5. Amory

    Yeah, as much as I hate this book people have the right to get access to whatever book they want to read. FSOG is no exception. People don’t have the right to tell others what not to read. It’s just wrong.

    My devil side is thinking that if they ban the books it will only make it more desirable to people and even more likely for them to read it. Just like prohibition. When American outlawed drinking it became more desirable and popular than ever to drink, way more than before it was outlawed. Because it was against the law people took more pleasure in having a drink because of the whole secrecy element to it. I have a feeling that the same thing will happen with this book if people keep on banning it.

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