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Sonoma Readers Lining Up for Fifty Shades of Grey

Best-selling novel has been credited with lighting a fire in relationships AND criticized for its terrible prose and weak plot. Where do you stand?

Sonoma County residents are lining up to read Fifty Shades of Grey, a best-selling novel by British author E.L. James that some credit with improving couples’ sex lives and others deplore for its terrible writing, weak plot and over-the-top similarities to the Twilight series.

Wherever you stand on the love-hate spectrum, the title is flying off the shelves at local libraries, with 370 hold requests around the county and 70 copies in circulation, according to Doug Cisney, head librarian at the Petaluma Regional Library.

“What’s interesting about it is that it’s really been publicized by word-of-mouth,” Cisney said. “A lot of people come in to request it because someone told them to read it, but they don’t know what it’s about.”

The same thing is true over at  Books.

“It’s been on our Top 10 list the whole summer, actually since it’s come out in April,” said Grace Bogart, an events manager for the store. “They’re tapping into the same vein as the Twilight series...30-something women. There’s a market for this.”

The trilogy, which started out as fan fiction, tells the story of a college student who embarks on an affair with a wealthy, mysterious and sexy older man. The novel includes S&M scenes and has been described as soft porn and full of suspense that keeps readers engaged until the very end.

Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey?” What do you think?

Jessette Michele Porter Dickman August 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Such fun to read, on the next one, Fifty Shades Darker
LP August 02, 2012 at 03:18 AM
It was a fun summer read. Go grab it a copy and share it with girl friends instead of waiting for the library.
Kristina August 02, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Love these books!!!!!! I am not a big reader, but I read all three in 6 days. Getting my mom, sisters, and hubby to read them too.
An lee Keller August 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It was a great summer read! I have read all three; the first one I couldn't put down due to the suspense and book two was less suspenseful and a bit monotonous but still a good book and book three was the best, but one issue is still monotonous! All in all worth the read - now trying to find something as good - love and suspense and unimaginable any suggestions!
Garnet Castro August 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I read all three. First one this past spring while in Mexico and the rest throughout the summer. I don't even know where my book 1 is it has been passed around so much. Would read the juciy parts out loud to my husband while we were fishing. It's fun and also threw in some new tricks into our basket. ;-) For the haters out there! Get over it and don't read it. As with many issues out there stay out of peoples bedroom and off of our book shelves.

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