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"Love it or Hate it: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on High Demand"

on Tuesday, 01 May 2012. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Ferndale Patch

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey yet? Do you plan to?

The erotic New York Times best-seller has created a national stir and the local chatter shows that despite how controversial the novel is, it’s on high demand to either love or hate.

The book is part of a trilogy that includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, written by E L James. Some say it’s just the next generation of popular erotica, though others believe it’s a new, inappropriate level of “porn for mommies.”

Regardless of all of the conflicting circles of criticism and praise, it seems locals are doing whatever they can to get their hands on a copy, just to see for themselves. The Ferndale Public Library’s copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, for example, currently has 10 holds on it.

Is its fame a surprise?

Victor Wooddell, owner of Berkley Book Corner, says he’s trying to keep up with the demand of area readers requesting Fifty Shades of Grey. That’s been next to impossible, though.

“I can’t keep it on my shelf. I’ve had at least a dozen special orders,” he said.

Wooddell noticed a sudden spike in interest three or four weeks ago when the book was featured on NPR, he said, and has had a constant stream of orders ever since. ...

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