Everyone's reading "Fifty Shades" trilogy.
It holds the top three slots on the New York Times Best Seller List for adult indie fiction, but some are calling it "mommy porn," and now a Florida library system has banned the trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" from its shelves.
Brevard County public libraries pulled the books claiming the story of a young woman meeting a handsome billionaire with S & M and Bondage issues, does not meet its criteria.
Deborah Caldwell-Stone at the American Library Association calls that bologna.
"When a book is purchased and put on a shelf, it is presumed that it already has met the criteria set by the library for acquiring books," says Stone. "So we do have a concern that this is being done for an improper motive."
Here in Houston, library spokesperson Sandra Fernandez says they don't censor what it makes available to the public. She says there is a waiting list 300 deep for the e-version and hard copies of the books.
"Some of it has to do with popularity. Some of it has to do with what we think our customers are going to request," says Fernandez. "Most often if an item is on the Best Seller List we always anticipate the item will become a hot commodity within our collection as well."
The trilogy also is flying off the shelves at adult stores like Cindie's on Westheimer, where manager Cynthia Rodriguez says she's seen an influx of middle-aged couples.
"A lot of happy wives, they come in looking for similar products that are in the books," says Rodriguez. "A lot of happy husbands are coming in glad that their wives are reading the books."
However, even Rodriguez who works in an adult store describes the books as racy, adding she probably wouldn't allow her teenage daughter or son to read them.
Some women's rights groups claim the books wouldn’t be banned if they focused on men’s fantasies. But Stone disagrees.
"It doesn't seem like there's any discrimination on a gender basis," she says. "People who object to sexually explicit material in the library are usually pretty even-handed about that."