Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Best of 2012: Erotica

Several of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2012, recommended for your consideration:

Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James

In Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia Steele, 22, a virgin about to graduate from college, literally stumbles into Christian Grey’s office; she is doing a favor for her friend, who had scheduled an interview with him for the school newspaper but was too sick to keep the appointment. Christian immediately becomes smitten with Anastasia. However, he was abused as a child, and does not know how to have a “regular” relationship. After wining/dining and having his way with her, Christian asks Anastasia to enter into an alternative relationship involving a not-so-regular courting procedure that includes a nondisclosure agreement! One night with Christian and Anastasia flees. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian attempts to learn what a normal relationship is, while Anastasia attempts to broaden her horizons of what is included in "normal." Unfortunately, Christian still carries his baggage, and they struggle to stay together. By Fifty Shades Freed, they have married faster than the Kardashians, and then face an enemy together.

I would categorize this as “junk food for your mind” – immediate gratification, but not long lasting (even though the three books together are more than 1500 pages). If newly “exposed” to this genre, readers can find more like it by doing a word/phrase search under “erotic fiction.” A quick walk to the library’s paperback section, specifically in Romance, may also satiate any new-found hunger – especially the titles with Scotsmen in kilts on the covers!

Chris R., Buena Vista branch supervisor

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