‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Back In Libraries

By  //  May 28, 2012

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BOOKS & LIBRARIES

BREVARD COUNTY • FLORIDA — The Brevard County Library System will return “Fifty Shades of Grey” to its library shelves.

The decision is in response to public demand, but also comes after considerable review and consideration by the library system.

E L James (eljamesauthor.com)

In all, 19 books from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy that were previously available, will once again be available through the library system, according to Library Services Director Cathy Schweinsberg.

Largely set in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A, the book written by E.L James, is the first installment in a trilogy that follows the increasing relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism 

It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of bondage, discipline, dominance and submission (BDSM).

The second and third volumes are entitled Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed respectively.

Sold 10 Million Copies 

The New York Times noted that the series has sold approximately 10 million copies, with book rights having been sold in 37 different countries.

Earlier this month, a decision was made to pull “Fifty Shades of Grey” from Brevard County libraries as a result of published reviews and of the Brevard County Library Services Department own initial analysis of the book and its controversial content.

Since then, the library system has begun a review of its selection criteria and that review continues even as the decision has been made to supply the book in response to requests by county residents.

“We have always stood against censorship,” Schweinsberg said.

“We have a long history of standing against censorship and that continues to be a priority for this library system.”

The books are available effective immediately.


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