Jewish Journal

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’—bigger than the Bible?

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 31, 2012 | 8:00 am

Fifty Shades of Grey (2011)

I haven’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I know nothing about it—other than that there are stacks and stacks of the book at Costco, and it was not written by Jonathan Franzen.

But the book is a smash hit—think “Twilight” for non-tweens. And a hotel in the Lake District of England has opted to replace the Gideon’s Bible with a copy of E.L. James’ novel in each room.

On his blog, the innkeeper explains:

In this secular age it seems distinctly odd that anyone would expect to find a religious book in a hotel bedroom. But I won’t be giving all our Gideon bibles to the Help The Aged charity shop – I’ll keep a couple behind the reception desk so that if any guest whose preferred bedtime reading happens to be the bible finds that they have forgotten to pack their copy, they’ll be pleased to read in the guest handbook that they can borrow a copy from the receptionist.

Via Forbes.

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