'Fifty Shades of Grey' Books Banned From Libraries In Florida
via Florida Today:
So, wait, maybe censorship is a good thing now?
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, the BDSM fantasy books that began as Twilight fan fiction, have proven to be too steamy for the Brevard County Public Libraries system in Florida, where they've been yanked from the shelves.
Residents have started an online petition to bring them back, and have gotten more than 280 signatures. Though I think that's not very impressive, considering the Fifty Shades books are topping every bestseller list in the country right now.
Anyway, residents shouldn't be too worried. There's plenty of smut in The Complete Kama Sutra, Fanny Hill, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Fear of Flying, Tropic of Cancer and Lolita, all of which are still available for rental.
When asked to defend removing Fifty Shades while keeping copies of books like The Complete Kama Sutra, Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director, said:
“I think because those other books were written years ago and became classics because of the quality of the writing. This is not a classic.”
Fifty Shades of Grey is so poorly written I believe it sets a dangerous standard for fiction; that writing this ridiculously bad is worthy of reward and mass acclaim. Then there's the criticism of its potentially dangerous portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle.
But censorship is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing.
I'm with E.L. James and her dumb book on this one. Banning books is never the right answer.
What do you folks think? Are they just being a bunch of prudes in Florida? Or are they defending the world from shitty writing? Does the relative age of a novel give it a pass on the content?
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