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50 Shades of Grey in demand at Charleston County Public Library

Nearly 400 people are on the waiting list for the mommy porn hit



Your mom is a perv.

And your granny too.

And all of your aunts.

That is if you can make such claims based on the number of people lusting to get their hands on a copy of the so-called mommy porn best-seller 50 Shades of Grey. (We don't need to tell you about your dad or your uncles, especially Uncle Frank. You've looked at the web history on their laptops before, and by God, you'll never do it again. Topless, machine-gun toting clowns, squashing balloon animals and reading the Magna Carta? Seriously? That's some twisted shit.)

According to Doug Henderson, executive director of the Charleston County Public Library system, nearly 400 library patrons are on the waiting list for 50 Shades of Grey, the tale of kinky 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and his virginal 22-year-old subbie sex kitten. Currently, the library system has over 70 copies of the soft-core hit. Why? Well, the people are demanding it. After all, the book and its two sequels top the New York Times best-seller list. "We don't create the culture," Henderson says. "We reflect it."

Although some libraries across the country have chosen not to carry the book — we're looking at you, Brevard County, Florida — Henderson says that won't be happening in the Holy City. "We don't censor," he says.

Henderson says he hasn't read 50 Shades of Grey and probably won't, noting the book's beginnings as a piece of erotic Twlight fan-fiction and the fact that it's probably as well written as most other best-sellers, i.e. it ain't joining the canon of Western Lit's greats. And in the opinion of this writer, it's not even particularly good written erotica, that is unless you're turned on by stunted sentences and the overuse of words like "jeez." (One reader of the second book, 50 Shades Darker, notes that the word "jeez" is used 76 times, while "oh my" clocks in at 45.)

Henderson notes that while the waiting list for the first book in the trilogy is in the hundreds, last week only six people were on the waiting list for the final book in the series. He believes that readers are unaware that all three books were released at once.

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