Poll: Should Libraries Carry 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trilogy?

Gwinnett County Public Library has deemed the popular series too racy for book shelves.

Libraries across the country are pulling a book series popular with a lot of women, and moms, called "Fifty Shades of Grey."

in Georgia is one of those joining the backlash of the books deemed "mommy porn" by some.

The books: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” are currently numbers one through three on the New York Times bestseller fiction list.

Deborah George, the division director for materials management at GCPL, explained the wildly popular books by E. L. James are “out of scope.”

The trilogy is a series of erotic novels about the relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey -- a man with a unique sexual appetite.

“Our collection development plan states that we do not collect self-proclaimed erotica, which is the primary reason for our decision not to purchase this and similar materials,” George wrote in an email to Patch.

Besides Gwinnett County, Georgia, libraries in Florida and Wisconsin have banned the racy novels.

Take our poll and tell us what you think. Should libraries carry the controversial "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy?

Raven Nichols May 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I've read them, and honestly there's really not much about them that stands on its own as literature. I'm not a fan of censorship in any form, and that's what this decision feels like to me. But it's not like I'm arguing the merits of Tom Sawyer or Harry Potter or His Dark Materials. Fifty Shades' plot is weak and the characters are trite. The only redeeming qualities ARE the sex scenes-- which make up the bulk of the story and happen frequently enough to really mess with the suspension of disbelief that is crucial to a good book. One of my friends' husbands compared the trilogy to Cinemax After Dark, and I think that's aptly done. If it really were an issue of reading and imagination and learning, I would be championing the fight to keep them in libraries. But honestly, the books are not much more than poorly edited, graphic sexual encounters that occur so often and predictably that they lose their shine and start to become stale. I rolled my eyes a lot. :)
Grant May 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I for one am very glad that we have heroic LIBRARIANS to protect us from mean old scary books! (that was sarcasm)
janie hiam May 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Again I think this is rediculous that we can not make our own choices when it comes to these books and those like it. The Library already carries cheesy "romance" novels that I am sure have just the same content, but haven't gotten the publicity that Fifty Shades has. I am also quite sure that the library carries books on weapons, murders, and bomb building for that matter. If that type of material can be viewed then why not this. As I stated in my other post people are so hypocritical when it comes to the subject of sex. WAKE UP people. Its a fiction novel and a good one at that. If you don't want to read it then don't!! Why keep others form it especially when the library already has worse things upon its shelves!!!!!!
Mack May 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
By banning this book the Library system has said that you will read what we want you to read, not what you want to.This amounts to Government censorship. Who is to say that we as adults do not have the right to read what we want because some one or group does not like the content of this book. When you watch TV at home and see a program you do not like, you change the channel. Now you do not block other TV's from seeing what you do not like. If you do not like it, do not check it out and read it,but do not stop some one from enjoying it that may want to read it.
Jolene May 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Well said Janie & Raven. I read the first two books and found the characters so annoying I had no interest in reading the third. I don't understand why these books are receiving so much publicity. With all due respect to our wonderful Gwinnett county librarians and administrators, I think you got sucked into the media hype. Presently, there are romance novels that I have borrowed (ebooks and hard copy) from the county's libraries that are well written and with "racier" content than Fifty Shades of Garbage.
Kimberly Franklin May 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM
In this time of ebooks, I'm really surprised that the libraries are turning people away! I was actually thinking about going to check these books out, but I have downloaded them, read them, and won't be going to the library after all. Good, bad or indifferent, if there is something that will attract people to you, make it happen! Duh!


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