Hotel Reading: the Bible, or ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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E L James: Fifty Shades of Grey

A UK hotel has replaced in-room copies of the Bible with the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

All 40 rooms at the Lake District’s Damson Dene Hotel now contain a copy of EL James‘s bestseller in place of the Gideon Bible, USA Today reports.

The hotel’s owner Jonathan Denby detailed the reasoning behind his decision in a blog post.

“Tonight millions of women will be curling up in bed with a good book and you can bet your life it won’t be the Bible,” Denby wrote. “More likely than not it will be Fifty Shades of Grey.

“I haven’t read the book yet – I’m not in the target audience – but I’m told it’s a ripping good yarn and everyone who’s in the target audience loves it.

“This made me wonder about the sense of providing a book, the Gideon Bible, which no-one reads and many dislike, in the bedside cabinet of our hotel bedrooms, instead of a book which everyone wants to read, such as Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Denby has insisted that the decision was not an ideological one, but a local vicar has publicly decried the swap and dubbed it “a gimmick”.

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What do you reckon? Publicity Stunt?

Whats going to happen when ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is no longer popular?

5 Replies to “Hotel Reading: the Bible, or ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’”

  1. More than anything this is just inappropriate!! I really don’t understand how standards have slipped so far that retailers think it is okay to publicly advertise erotic fiction at the eye level of kids. It is for an adult audience, not a general audience. Putting it in hotel rooms and forcing it on people is wrong, though I could easily say I think Gideon bibles should be removed for the same reason…

  2. Oh, and when it is no longer popular people will hopefully go back to reading good books and 50 Shades will be replaced by a good copy of Dune or Lord of the Rings. From what I know anyway it is terribly written and seems to be just a poor excuse for people to read literary porn and still claim the moral high ground.

  3. I stay away in hotels quite frequently, and I was even a Gideon for about 10 years, so your article is certainly interesting.
    As I do incredibly long journeys I often arrive very late, or even after midnight. 9 time sour of 10 I don’t even switch on the TV, but occasionally I’ll read the Bible (though i prefer to use my own) and then leave it open for the cleaner to read – maybe offering up a prayer at the same time.
    Believe me, people do get saved reading Bibles in hotels (famously David Suchet the actor – although it wasn’t a Gideon Bible).
    When I was in Croydon we had one chap saved from suicide just because he picked up a Gideon Bible and gave it a try.
    More than anything what I crave in a hotel is “interaction” with a real human. Do I want a book? Most times I never stay more than one night, so novels aren’t an option, shampoo, and a good bath are my highest priority (sadly these seem to be a vanishing species).
    If I were to stay longer a Dickens novel, or back copies of motoring magazines would be most welcome.

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