Fifty Shades Apart
July 06, 2012
At our most recent staff meeting, the question was posed, "Who’s reading Fifty Shades?"
Bashful expressions were exchanged and hands were reluctantly raised. Once the snickering died down, the book-talk began. While the story may be infamous at this point, what we actually take away from it varies tremendously.
Whether it’s, "Worst series ever," or "Actually, once you get past the first book, it’s kind of a sweet story," the jury is definitely still out.
Initially, the erotic content was what got everyone started chatting away. The list of patrons on hold for the series grew past 1,000. Then, it was the publishing tale –from fan-fiction to best-seller, that kept us talking. Now, it’s the divide of people who loved it vs. people who hated it.
From what we’re seeing, there’s no middle ground.
You decide for yourselves, but be sure to weigh in. We love it when you join our discussions.