Erotic novel '50 Shades of Grey' banned in several Southwest Florida county libraries

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50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey

Among the hundreds of thousands of books stacked in Southwest Florida libraries, there's one you definitely won't find – 50 Shades of Grey.

The erotic romance novel featuring bondage, domination and sadism has mesmerized women across the county. Shocking and sultry, Bianca Campoamor cringes at the thought that her mother has read it.

"It's awkward if she's reading it. I don't want my mom reading that kind of stuff," she says.

And neither do some Florida public libraries. Brevard County has already banned the book. Collier and Charlotte counties have also decided not to carry it.

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Heraclitus writes:

Ho-Hum ??

naples759 writes:

at the price of gas today, by the time you go to the library, fight the traffic, park the car, look for the book, go check out, fight the traffic, drive home, then do the whole driving thing again to return it, it's easier just to press 'order' at the kindle store. 10 bucks for one or 30 for the trilogy....

also,this way no one knows what you're reading....

it is a wild book.....

crazyjoedivola1 (Inactive) writes:

Who's the shocking and sultry Bianca Campoamor? Somebody forgot to paste the middle of the article, and I use the term "article" loosely.

BigJake54 writes:

Never heard of this book, but the people commenting in the news report are crazy, if they think that libraries stock every published book!

volochine writes:

It must be SWEEPS WEEK for Channel 2, because this is a minor story with great potential for exciting teaser ads to bolster ratings, without ever having to say anything newsworthy.

I have no problem with literature that people have to read. I would have a bigger problem if others tried to convert it to a movie, unless the author had full artistic control....and that will never happen.

My worst fear? The video game.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

"Oh My!!"
Traces of Nazi book banning in Collier County.
What's next burning of the book?
This is Bullshirt! No book should ever be banned in this country!

Rummm writes:

in response to naples759:

at the price of gas today, by the time you go to the library, fight the traffic, park the car, look for the book, go check out, fight the traffic, drive home, then do the whole driving thing again to return it, it's easier just to press 'order' at the kindle store. 10 bucks for one or 30 for the trilogy....

also,this way no one knows what you're reading....

it is a wild book.....

Exactly!!

just_makin_it writes:

Much ado about nothing, read the entire trilogy, good reading, especially if you're trying to rekindle your sex life!

Captian_Cataracts writes:

Ve are hafing der buch burning diese wochenende at der First Church of the Gooey Death und Discount Haus of Worship.

Shine up Irhe jackboots und Goosestep mit uns around der bonfire.

Der erst buch zu bei burned ist der Constitution und der Bill of Rights.

In Jesus name of course.

brianfl writes:

When are governments going to stop wasting money on libraries? With today's technologies and the Internet, their becoming outdated.

itmattershere writes:

Is that what it has come to that individuals can't even control themselves from checking out a book. If that is the case, we should be locking these people up left and right on this.

just_makin_it writes:

Don't worry folks, it's available online! Just go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

FloridaVoter writes:

in response to brianfl:

When are governments going to stop wasting money on libraries? With today's technologies and the Internet, their becoming outdated.

They're (that's t-h-e-y apostrophe r-e) not outdated until people learn English. OMG, LOL and WTF cannot supplant a good book.
Not sure this book should be in a public library, but the more controversy this creates, the more books the author will sell. Perhaps we're all being played in a publicity stunt ...

WizeOlMarco writes:

Collier County does not carry every book so how does/who in Collier County Library select(s) a book? Does Collier County library actually issue a 'ban' on a book or do they just elect not to carry a book?

Here4Now writes:

in response to crazyjoedivola1:

Who's the shocking and sultry Bianca Campoamor? Somebody forgot to paste the middle of the article, and I use the term "article" loosely.

HAHAHAHAHAHAH

Colorado (Inactive) writes:

I can't believe that there are people who actually think Collier County is a nice place. It sound like the christian right has taken over..I wonder what books they will think of to ban next? Fahrenheit 451, here we come.

BlackCat writes:

Libraries make the decision every day about what to buy and what not to buy, and I don't especially want my taxpayer dollars spent on what amounts to porn when there are so many other things that they could purchase.

You do?

naplesconservative writes:

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brianfl writes:

in response to FloridaVoter:

They're (that's t-h-e-y apostrophe r-e) not outdated until people learn English. OMG, LOL and WTF cannot supplant a good book.
Not sure this book should be in a public library, but the more controversy this creates, the more books the author will sell. Perhaps we're all being played in a publicity stunt ...

So I guess you have solved every problem in your life because you have nothing else better to do than correct people's English.

naplesconservative writes:

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Spock_is_logical writes:

My wife and all the other cold blooded wives need to read this book as many times as it takes to restart their fire below!

beachykeen writes:

in response to Spock_is_logical:

My wife and all the other cold blooded wives need to read this book as many times as it takes to restart their fire below!

Have you ever considered that you're the problem?

Why was the book banned? Was it because of content? Bad writing? Because there a hundreds of books the library already carries that should be banned if that's the criteria.

Shame on the Collier County Public library and their small-town minds.

AM_Johnny writes:

in response to naplesconservative:

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All about banging this broad, but wish she wasn't 18....really ruins it for me.....ya feel me dawg

HAL9000 writes:

in response to Captian_Cataracts:

Ve are hafing der buch burning diese wochenende at der First Church of the Gooey Death und Discount Haus of Worship.

Shine up Irhe jackboots und Goosestep mit uns around der bonfire.

Der erst buch zu bei burned ist der Constitution und der Bill of Rights.

In Jesus name of course.

Jeff Bezos kommt vermutlich. Jetzt wissen Sie, warum er seinen E-leser das nannte "Kindle."

WISENHEIMER writes:

in response to brianfl:

When are governments going to stop wasting money on libraries? With today's technologies and the Internet, their becoming outdated.

WITH YOUR ATROCIOUS ERRORS IN GRAMMAR AND SPELLING, I BELIEVE brianfl SHOULD SPEND MUCH MORE TIME IN LIBRARIES...SPECIFICALLY THE DICTIONARY/THESAURUS REFERENCE SECTIONS!
SAVE THE LIBRARIES FOR ILLITERATES LIKE brianfl.

brianfl writes:

in response to WISENHEIMER:

WITH YOUR ATROCIOUS ERRORS IN GRAMMAR AND SPELLING, I BELIEVE brianfl SHOULD SPEND MUCH MORE TIME IN LIBRARIES...SPECIFICALLY THE DICTIONARY/THESAURUS REFERENCE SECTIONS!
SAVE THE LIBRARIES FOR ILLITERATES LIKE brianfl.

Wow the grammar trolls are in full force today!!

If I wanted to read a dictionary/thesaurus I would do the normal modern thing by looking it up on the Internet.

Reading fiction is a hobby. I like to go fishing as a hobby. With that being said, I don't ask the government to set up a fishing pole and tackle rental business and expect the tax payers to subsidize it for me and all the fisherman out there.

lynnc99 writes:

in response to WizeOlMarco:

Collier County does not carry every book so how does/who in Collier County Library select(s) a book? Does Collier County library actually issue a 'ban' on a book or do they just elect not to carry a book?

My sentiments exactly. And there is a huge difference between "banning" a book and simply not purchasing it for the library collection.

NeezDutz writes:

Another freedom taken away

BlackCat writes:

in response to NeezDutz:

Another freedom taken away

None of your freedoms were taken away. The writer is still free to write it, the publisher is still free to publish it, and the consumer is still free to buy the book in a bookstore that's allowed to carry it.

Do you think it's the obligation of a library with a limited budget to buy every book published, just in case someone wants to read it?

The line has to be drawn somewhere, and soft porn is as good a place as any to start.

Toolong_Inthesun writes:

Never heard of the book until now, how about a public marathon reading, say at the park, prizes for the most interpretative.

darknite writes:

So many other parts of the world are worried about clean water, food, shelter, and safety...We are lucky to live in such a sheltered and safe society that this makes the news and stirs emotion from citizens.

LGoldstein writes:

in response to crazyjoedivola1:

Who's the shocking and sultry Bianca Campoamor? Somebody forgot to paste the middle of the article, and I use the term "article" loosely.

I'm not positive but believe she is the granddaughter of an old anestshesia doctor here in Naples who is also some kind of Spanish royalty, archduke or something.

4tun8 writes:

Yet we can watch Jersey Shore, Family Guy and South Park on Prime Time TV.

Give me a break - I have found worse at the library. Oh and let's not forget the Histoy of Sex in China on basic cable prime time.
and the clothes they sell for girls... scream sex and everyone is worried about a book. have you been to the library lately?

If you haven't read the book - it isn't ALL about kinky sex - there is a wonderful love story about a young girl who stays true to herself, be strong enough not to change who she is and to save this man from from his messed up life.

We are back to the ole' book burning days?

4tun8 writes:

in response to 4tun8:

Yet we can watch Jersey Shore, Family Guy and South Park on Prime Time TV.

Give me a break - I have found worse at the library. Oh and let's not forget the Histoy of Sex in China on basic cable prime time.
and the clothes they sell for girls... scream sex and everyone is worried about a book. have you been to the library lately?

If you haven't read the book - it isn't ALL about kinky sex - there is a wonderful love story about a young girl who stays true to herself, be strong enough not to change who she is and to save this man from from his messed up life.

We are back to the ole' book burning days?

is strong enough - not be strong enough oops.

I certainly would not let my child read this this trilogy. But then again I pay attention to everything they do including the library books they check out.

It is however the most amazing love story I have ever read. If you read it - you have to read all thre books to get the whole story.

SandnSurf writes:

I have been hearing about this book for months on various morning news programs. It has been on the NY best seller list just as long if not longer.
I think this will be the next book I read!!

ohyeah143 writes:

in response to beachykeen:

Have you ever considered that you're the problem?

Why was the book banned? Was it because of content? Bad writing? Because there a hundreds of books the library already carries that should be banned if that's the criteria.

Shame on the Collier County Public library and their small-town minds.

If it was because of bad writing, NDN would certainly get the axe.

LifeIsATerminalIllness writes:

How many of you have even been to the library on Orange Blossom? Beautiful fountain, classic architecture, meticulously landscaped. The books? Well, there IS a budget, you know...

PeopleSpeak writes:

in response to just_makin_it:

Don't worry folks, it's available online! Just go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

The problem is I'm not sure AOL has a button for those websites... er "Channels" in old fart-speak.

These folks keep a steady pace but are always about 15-20 years behind on technology. They know that audio cassette tapes old news and they're finally about to embrace the DVD.

Niki_6 writes:

What is this the 50's? We're really progressing as a society with censorship and banning of books. I thought libraries were supposed to encourage readership.

skulljockey writes:

This should boost the book's sales locally!!

FloridaVoter writes:

in response to brianfl:

Wow the grammar trolls are in full force today!!

If I wanted to read a dictionary/thesaurus I would do the normal modern thing by looking it up on the Internet.

Reading fiction is a hobby. I like to go fishing as a hobby. With that being said, I don't ask the government to set up a fishing pole and tackle rental business and expect the tax payers to subsidize it for me and all the fisherman out there.

Sigh. Teach a Brian to fish and he can ... fish. Teach him to read and he would know that tax dollars are spent on keeping the waters clean from pollution, restoring the beach, etc. so that he can ... fish (and eat the fish). It's amazing how clueless people are. And I think you meant "fishermen".

600_S_Collier writes:

I hope that Channing Tatum is cast as Christian Grey in the movie!!!

bananas8187 writes:

in response to brianfl:

When are governments going to stop wasting money on libraries? With today's technologies and the Internet, their becoming outdated.

They sre BECOMING outdated, but they're not there yet.

With today's technologies and the internet,not only will libraries fade away, but so will the postal service, greeting cards, encyclopedias, paper checks, travel agents, AND printed newspapers.

Cash will go away later, but eventually it will, too.

Redshoulderedhawk writes:

in response to brianfl:

Wow the grammar trolls are in full force today!!

If I wanted to read a dictionary/thesaurus I would do the normal modern thing by looking it up on the Internet.

Reading fiction is a hobby. I like to go fishing as a hobby. With that being said, I don't ask the government to set up a fishing pole and tackle rental business and expect the tax payers to subsidize it for me and all the fisherman out there.

Ignorant and darned proud of it. ^^^^^

brianfl writes:

in response to bananas8187:

They sre BECOMING outdated, but they're not there yet.

With today's technologies and the internet,not only will libraries fade away, but so will the postal service, greeting cards, encyclopedias, paper checks, travel agents, AND printed newspapers.

Cash will go away later, but eventually it will, too.

"They sre BECOMING outdated, but they're not there yet."

Better fix your "are". The spelling and grammar troll police are in full force today.

brianfl writes:

in response to FloridaVoter:

Sigh. Teach a Brian to fish and he can ... fish. Teach him to read and he would know that tax dollars are spent on keeping the waters clean from pollution, restoring the beach, etc. so that he can ... fish (and eat the fish). It's amazing how clueless people are. And I think you meant "fishermen".

If you would do some research yourself you find that buying a fishing, hunting, or boating license supports the overwhelming majority of those things you just mentioned.

Maybe you can drive your little old self to your library, check the book out for free on my dime, and read all about it.

brianfl writes:

in response to Redshoulderedhawk:

Ignorant and darned proud of it. ^^^^^

I rest my case.

JohnDoeNJ writes:

in response to BlackCat:

None of your freedoms were taken away. The writer is still free to write it, the publisher is still free to publish it, and the consumer is still free to buy the book in a bookstore that's allowed to carry it.

Do you think it's the obligation of a library with a limited budget to buy every book published, just in case someone wants to read it?

The line has to be drawn somewhere, and soft porn is as good a place as any to start.

Plenty of freedoms have been taken away in our country which the founding fathers never would have stood for.

This article is a bad example, but if you believe we live in a free society, you need to get your head out of the sand.

JohnDoeNJ writes:

in response to Niki_6:

What is this the 50's? We're really progressing as a society with censorship and banning of books. I thought libraries were supposed to encourage readership.

It's only the 50's in this part of the country. Much of the West and Northeast has moved past sticking their nose in other peoples business.

naples759 writes:

so glad i divide my time between naples and reality usa.

i couldn't handle it full time here....

banning books is not freedom....

a true patriot and tea partier back in the early days of this country would definitely fight not to have books banned. that is one of the reasons they left the country of their birth and fought for freedom here...

my, my, have things changed.....

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