A hotel in the Lake District of England has replaced the Bible in bedside drawers with E.L. James’ supersonic bestselling BDSM erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. CNN explains:
Jonathan Denby, owner of the hotel, told NBC News he felt that in a secular society, it was “wholly inappropriate” to put a religious book in someone’s bedroom. He confessed the novel, which started life as Twilight fan-fiction, wasn’t his first choice of replacement. In fact, he hasn’t even read it. “I was thinking originally of putting in a book by Ayn Rand — Atlas Shrugged was my first thought,” he said, but “because everybody is reading Fifty Shades of Grey, we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
With Fifty Shades’ reputation of setting otherwise cooled-off housewives afire, this choice seems like a great way for Denby to draw attention to his hotel, and a first choice for couples looking for a weekend away to rekindle the fire.
What do you think of this hotel’s book swap? Is Denby correct in his opinion that the Bible is a “wholly inappropriate” choice? Is Ffity Shades any better?
Which would you prefer?