Copies of EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey will soon be going up in smoke, as a British charity has asked readers to burn their copies of the erotic bestseller in an upcoming bonfire.
Clare Phillipson, a representative for the charity, Wearside Women in Need, spoke out against the book, calling it “vile.” She told the BBC that, at a time when authorities are cutting funding for organizations that help victims of domestic violence, she objects to seeing libraries spend public funds on a novel that, according to Phillipson, “says ‘domestic violence is sexy.’”
Women are urged to drop off copies of the series for a fire to be held in the U.K., where author EL James is from, on Nov. 5.
“I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is,” Phillipson told the BBC, “and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive, young woman and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually.” She said that she read two-thirds of the book before giving up “in disgust.”
The entire Fifty Shades series, which includes two sequels — Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed — has reportedly sold more than 40 million copies, both physical and e-reader editions.
British publisher Random House responded to the Wearside Women in Need charity by asserting that the sex depicted in the series, which began as Twilight fan fiction, is “entirely consensual.”
Fifty Shades of Grey, which has been on the Amazon and New York Times bestseller lists since its release last year, will soon be turned into a series of movies. Universal/Focus Features paid $5 million for the rights to the films, and while many actors have thrown their hats in the ring, no casting decisions have been made. (Click to see our top 5 picks to play Christian Grey!)
What do you think of Wearside Women in Need’s book bonfire? Is it right to burn a book, no matter what the content is?