'Fifty Shades of Grey' Back on Shelves in Florida

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
May 29, 2012|4:53 pm

After Florida libraries banned "Fifty Shades of Grey," the popular romance novel series has been restored to the shelves this week.

In Brevard County, 19 copies of the best-selling book were pulled and a county spokesman called them "semi-pornographic."

Due to the outcry, officials reviewed the decision and reintroduced the books on Monday.

When the books were removed, there were 200 people on a waiting list who wanted to check them out, according to NBC 6. The decision to remove the book sparked controversy with many arguing that removing the book violated freedom of speech.

Library Services Director Cathy Schweinsberg said the library was against censorship and was revamping its selection criteria, according to the Associated Press.

The Brevard County Library System is not the first to have pulled "Fifty Shades of Grey." Public libraries in several states have banned the trilogy for its provocative content, with some citing that it was poorly written.

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" has received widespread media attention in recent weeks as the book continues to see rocketing sales. The book, written by E.L. James, reached 10 million sales last week.

Earlier this month, "Saturday Night Live" featured the romance novel in a comedy sketch. Also, the book has been spoofed by celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and John Mayer.

Additionally, Universal Studios has purchased the book's film rights. Speculation by the media has scoured over Hollywood stars speculating which actors would best fill the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the book's main characters.

Speaking about the books' success, first-time author James explained that she is "immensely flattered."

"It's humbling to know my work it inspiring others to write," said the British novelist and television executive, according to the Associated Press.

 

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