‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ returns to Florida library shelves

By Daniel S Levine,

E.L. James’ popular racy trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is returning to library shelves in Brevard County, Fla.

According to The Associated Press, the Brevard County Library System announced earlier this month that it planned on pulling 19 copies of the books from its shelves. A county spokesperson declared the book “semi-pornographic.”

County officials admitted that they made the decision without reading the books themselves, saying that they had only read reviews of the books, which led them to the decision.

The Hollywood Gossip reports that officials changed their mind because of popular demand from residents. They announced on Monday that the books would be back on the shelves immediately.

The AP notes that Library Services Director Cathy Schweinsberg said that the library was against censorship and would take a second look at its reviewing process.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has been banned in other states, including Wisconsin and Georgia. Many have claimed bad reviews as a reason for pulling them.

The trilogy is already being developed into a film by Universal Pictures and Focus Features and has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. since they were released last month. The books began as Twilight fan fiction and has been dubbed ‘mommy porn.’ They center on the relationship between billionaire Christian Grey and young college graduate Anastasia Steele. All three currently top the Amazon Books Best Sellers list.



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