Hundreds request banned 'mummy porn'

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 14/05/2012
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A romance trilogy dubbed "mummy porn" and banned by some American libraries has a captive audience in Auckland with hundreds of readers on a waiting list to read the first copy.

Libraries across the city have 20 copies of E.L James' first novel Fifty Shades of Grey - but they're in hot demand with 706 Aucklanders already on the waiting list.

More copies have been ordered.

Booksellers in New Zealand started selling the book late last month.

Fifty Shades of Grey, which has topped the New York Times bestseller list, has been described as Twilight for adults for its scenes of wild sex and bondage between the male billionaire and his virgin no-more love interest.

It was dubbed "mummy porn" after becoming a hit with middle aged women, but its content has also caused controversy, with many libraries in America banning it for its "semi-pornographic" storyline.

The English author of the book released it online chapter by chapter in early 2011. The steamy scenes captured its middle-aged audience and it was launched as an e-book in May 2011.

It has since gone on to sell for $1.29 million in a deal with publisher Random House and has topped bestseller lists worldwide.

The book has two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The three books currently occupy the top three spots in the New York Times berstseller list.

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