WHAS11’s Rachel Platt takes a look into ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’


by WHAS11


Posted on May 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM

(WHAS11) -- You've heard the adage, “you can't judge a book by its cover.” Well, the rather tame looking book “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has become so hot, it was even a “hot topic” on The View with the president. And, its sexual content has been spoofed on Saturday Night Live.

The book is so full of sex and controversy that some public libraries have banned it. And women, young and old, have been buying it in record numbers.

Many women are reading the book together in offices across America. Take for example, three women who came to WHAS11’s studio to talk about it…or gush about it.

They say it is fantasy, sensual and daring. The story is about Christian and innocent Ana.
The book explores dominance and sado-masochism. At first, some readers aren't sure what to think.

Karen Robards is a romance novelist who lives in Louisville. Robards has written 43 books with strong heroines.  Her books are steamy, but she worries the message in Fifty Shades isn't a good one to impressionable young women.

Brian Ebel is a pastor at Revolution Church in Louisville. Ebel has made sexuality a topic of past discussions in church.  Like Robards, he questions the relationship of the main characters and has questions about the man controlling all aspects of the woman’s life.

However, the three women who loved the book say the female, Ana, is in control and say if you read all three books you will get that. 

As far as it being called “mommy porn,” they disagree.

Whatever it is, it's sending new customers to adult stores like Cirilla's on Hurstbourne Lane.

Many women say it's ignited more passion and has them letting their guard down about sex.

So harmless fantasy, or harmful to relationships?

The trilogy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not exactly black and white to everyone who reads it.