Hotel replaces Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey

A hotel in the U.K. has removed every copy of the Bible from their rooms and replaced them with copies of E.L. James’ best-selling, erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. In a bold move, Jonathan Denby, owner of Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District of England, has made the decision that all 40 of his rooms will feature the infamous book. “Tonight, millions of women will be curling up in bed with a good book,” says Denby, “and you can bet your life it won’t be the Bible. More likely than not it will be Fifty Shades of Grey.” Denby claims that he has never personally read the book, but has been told it’s “a ripping good yarn.” The owner has his reasons for replacing the longtime religious staple of hotels everywhere with something a little sexier and insists he didn’t do it for any philosophical reasons. “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.” ~Devin Garabedian

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  1. Mask • July 26, 2012 @ 5:29 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if they added 50 shades and kept the bibles.

    I have read adult books and am not a prude, but often travelers seek comfort in the bibles.

    Also what about the children staying at the hotel picking up 50 shades?

  2. Nerdy Girl • July 26, 2012 @ 5:42 PM

    I check for the Bible every time I’m in a hotel (and I’m not even Christian!) so this would be disappointing for me lol!

    Have to agree with Mask’s comment – unless this hotel has a strict “adult only” clientele that’s a strange book to put in rooms where kids/adolescents can read it.

  3. Debra • July 26, 2012 @ 6:23 PM

    I went through reviews, excerpts and broadcast discussions, the latter by default, to see what the big deal was and gathered that what is referred to (ugh) as “mommy porn” must have been written for women who are bored and frustrated and, apparently, find being dominated by a powerful man some kind of irresistible fantasy. I find it incredulous that any woman would want to be dominated, much less by a sadist. The fact that so many seem to be drawn to such a scenario renders all the fascination with this book–books, I should say–somewhat creepy.

  4. C-Dub • July 26, 2012 @ 7:29 PM

    Above: Kids can grab the book from their parents home since there’s millions of people around the world reading it, or from the local book store. I highly doubt the books are considered porn and hidden under brown wrapping or really up high on the shelf or in a restricted area of a store. So to have it openly in a table is nothing. Also, I don’t think there are pictures in the book. So if a kid decides to read it, will the kid understand it or get bored with all the words? Will they be horny? I highly doubt it.

    What this guy wants to do in his hotel is his business and it just might turn out to be a smart idea for him.

  5. Ugh • July 26, 2012 @ 8:01 PM

    For anyone who hasn’t read them, I think you’re wrong to make judgements against the book, and especially those who read and enjoy it.

    Personally, I have no interest in the Bible, don’t check for it in hotels, and certainly don’t care if it’s in the room at all. Given the many religions in the world, I actually find it a little insulting that only one religion is given space. I’ve already read the series, so it wouldn’t matter to me to have it in the hotel room either.

    However, just because you don’t understand/enjoy the BDSM lifestyle, you shouldn’t judge anyone who does. There may be things in your sexual life that others find just as unusual.

  6. Mary • July 26, 2012 @ 9:24 PM

    This is amusing. If you need a bible that badly, you should just travel with one. The hotel owner can do as he pleases and I think with the positive response (and risk of book theft, let’s be honest), other hotels may follow with other books.

  7. Birdman • July 27, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    They should put some nudie mags for men then too! Why in the hell should the women be spoiled, and with garbage to boot?!

  8. Vayne • July 27, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

    Smart and controversial move as his hotel is getting FREE publicity due to the fact that people are talking about it. As Mary wrote (and I will agree), other hotels will certainly follow with other books.

    I’m not for or against the Bible being in the drawer (is it has been a tradition), but it’s about time someone thought ‘outside’ the box to put more relevant reading material. Perhaps not 50 Shades of Grey per say, but it’s a start.

    They’re going to need to stock a few thousand copies of the book as I’m sure patrons will be packing it in their suitcases as they check out!

  9. Danielle • July 27, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    Very disturbing. It’s appalling that the Bible would be replaced with such poorly written garbage.

  10. ana steele • July 27, 2012 @ 7:24 PM

    hahahahaha that’s hilarious. it is poorly written, but entertaining nonetheless.

  11. Tarin • July 28, 2012 @ 6:50 PM

    Ridiculous – 50 Shades is horribly written and is actually Twilight fan fic with slight changes – yuck to all of it! There is WAY better BDSM erotica out there that is NOT abusive or disrespectful to women or those that choose to practice that lifestyle.

  12. Ryan • August 6, 2012 @ 10:08 PM

    Whatever you do, don’t shine a black light on the sheets in this hotel room, you may be disgusted.

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