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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Banned From Florida County’s Libraries

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Florida’s Brevard County has officially banned the hit book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, after reviews labeled the book as erotica.

Don Walker, spokesman for the county government, stated that:

“We felt the book didn’t meet the criteria for what we put on our fiction shelf, that being because of the perceived pornographic nature of it.”

The decision to remove the trilogy from library shelves was made on Thursday evening, and has initiated a review of the process the library goes through in selecting books to be placed on the shelves for checkout.

Walker stated that 19 copies of the trilogy were ordered for the county’s 19 libraries, and that many people were on waiting lists to check that popular book out.

After national reviews of the book came out though, the library system’s director decided that the copies would not be available any longer, after all 17 were checked in again. Some of the copies have yet to be checked in.

Walker did admit that “We know it’s a national phenomenon,” however the nature of the book was unacceptable to be placed on library shelves.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first in a trilogy involving Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey’s evolving romance. The book was originally a fanfiction about Stephanie Myers’ popular Twilight series, which later evolved into its own story. It was originally called Master of the Universe, and posted with her penname “Snowqueen’s Icedragon.”

Its contents were criticized by fanfiction site users, causing James to remove the story and post it on her own site, The original story was taken down right before the book’s release.

Book two is titled Fifty Shades Darker, and the final book in the series is called FiftyShades Freed.

Check out the video below to see Ellen DeGeneres reading Fifty Shades of Grey:

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20 Responses to “‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Banned From Florida County’s Libraries”

  1. Charles Boykin

    haven't read it! but, to BAN it so I never will, REDICULOUS! Then you shouold BAN them all!

  2. Sherri Long

    OJ Simpson can live in Florida, a double murderer mind you. Sure the bastard will go back there when he gets out. Yet consenting adults can't read adult material, it's objectionable. Florida is one messed up state, you can't pay me to live there.

  3. Paula Qualls Gurley

    They aren't saying you can't buy it and read it, they are saying they won't be the avenue. Get off your high horse and go find it if you want it.

  4. Brenda Bowley Nelson

    I would love to know what other books are banned from these libraries. My reasons are twofold, simple curiosity and new reading material.

  5. Shawn Olsen

    Bull PaulaQuallsGurley, it is called the PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR A REASON, NO CENSORSHIP, these charlatans cannot take women's sexuality as the republcons have been attacking it, well now lets go after men's erotica and see what happens, you need to take your own advice and get off of your high and wrong horse.

  6. Shawn Olsen

    These puritans cannot take the idea of women being sexual beings, sexual repression is the problem and these puritans cannot make us go backwards.

  7. Heather Racine

    Isn't it still better to be reading porn than just watching it on the Tv or Internet? We should get partial kudos for that at least…The Video of Ellen is hilarious!

  8. Heather Racine

    Isn't it still better to be reading porn than just watching it on the Tv or Internet? We should get partial kudos for that at least…The Video of Ellen is hilarious!

  9. Patricia Cirone Fisher

    I wonder if anyone on the board who decided to ban 50 Shades from the Florida libraries actually read the book…it is far from pornographic, I've read romance novels that are far steamier and pornographic than this trilogy…in essence this trilogy is a love story…censorship and banning books is dangerous and is anti-freedom, which is something we need to be sure never is taken away from us…..

  10. Margaret Kienzle

    I lived in Brevard County for years, and loved all the librarians at their central library in Cocoa. They didn't have any Robert Mapplethorpe books on their shelves, either, but they borrowed all of them for me so I could check out what all the hysteria was. I've lived in 10 states, and they had the best library system I've ever seen. Some administrator screwed up on this one; I have no doubt the mistake will be rectified. Big shout out to Diane and Cathy, among others!

  11. Nancy King

    I wonder does this library read all the books they own, a lot of just romance books have a lot of explicit scenes in them. I kinda wonder now what the book is about. If you don't want to read a book because of it's content then don't, but don't tell everyone they can't. I used to volunteer at a library, banning books is just stupid. If it is not suitable for kids make sure no one underage gets it.

  12. Nathel Betzwiser

    I am on the 3 book and I can't put it down. I have them on my kindle. they are rather sexy but the story is good and I want to keep reading. Just don't leave them for younger people read them.. I think it should be up to the individual if they want to read them.

  13. Emily Batista

    Is that the same advice you would give to people who wanted to read the Harry Potter series? Some libraries banned it because it "promoted witchcraft." Banning books is not something to take lightly.

  14. Sarah Murdock Estrada

    They are on my kindle too after I finish my current series I'm starting on those

  15. Nathel Betzwiser

    Sarah Murdock Estrada I know that you wil like the books, just make sure that you have time to keep reading as you won't want to put the kindle down

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