The erotica spectacle known as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy may be a hit with the ladies, but it's not so popular with the libraries. It turns out libraries in several states have pulled the books off their shelves or refused to stock them in the first place because they deem the work "too steamy or too poorly written." Ha. So far libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida have refused to offer their patrons a glimpse into the kinky world of mommy porn. Don Walker, a spokesman for Brevard County, Florida, said, "It's semi-pornographic," as an explanation for why the library there bought 19 copies of the book but then pulled them off the shelves after reading reviews about it. But it's not all about the sex, Cay Hohmeister, director of libraries for Leon County, said, "It has not received what we would consider good reviews. It doesn't meet our selection criteria." Well, la dee dah.
Here, I would like to post one of my favorite Amazon reviews of "50," along with an excerpt.
"*UPDATE*: Thanks to the many other perturbed readers who have shared their own choices of the most annoyingly overused phrases in this masterpiece. Following up on their suggestions with my ever-useful Kindle search function, I have discovered that Ana says "Jeez" 81 times and "oh my" 72 times. She "blushes" or "flushes" 125 times, including 13 that are "scarlet," 6 that are "crimson," and one that is "stars and stripes red." (I can't even imagine.) Ana "peeks up" at Christian 13 times, and there are 9 references to Christian's "hooded eyes" and 7 to his "long index finger." Characters "murmur" a whopping 199 times (doesn't anyone just talk?), "clamber" on/in/out of things 21 times, and "smirk" 34 times. Finally, in a remarkable bit of symmetry, our hero and heroine exchange 124 "grins" and 124 "frowns"... which, by the way, seems an awful lot of frowning for a woman who experiences "intense," "body-shattering," "delicious," "violent," "all-consuming," "turbulent," "agonizing" and "exhausting" orgasms on just about every page."