Author E.L. James struck publishing gold with her first book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," but her completed trilogy struck a nerve with some librarians. Florida's Brevard County has decided to remove the books from their library citing this portion of the library's guidelines, "materials are selected to serve the broad, general interest ranges of Brevard County." Besides the Brevard County's ban on the books, counties in other states like Wisconsin and Georgia also have bans in place. The books' publisher, Random House complains that the move is an infringement on the First Amendment and calls on the libraries to reverse their decision.
James' novel about a wide-eyed lit student, Anastasia Steele chronicles her dive into sexual experimentation with the object of her affection, businessman Christian Grey. As the book develops, the reader follows Anastasia through her "relationship" witnessing scenes of bondage and sexual dominance. Some people agree with Brevard's move claiming that book scenes are pornographic and disturbing. James' audience obviously approves of the series - the book reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the print and digital section.
On her site, E.L. James provides this description for her first book, "Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success-his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family-Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires."
Some library-goers cried foul over the move arguing that the library should not ban books at all. The ban is not likely to deter access to the books. "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" are available in hardcover, paperback and e-book format at most book retailers.