Hotel replaces Bible with 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
You thought replacing the Bible with a Kindle was radical?
The Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District in England has replaced the Bibles in their rooms with copies of bestselling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Damson Dene was the setting for the first "The Hotel" reality series on Channel 4 in 2011.
The owner Jonathan Denby subsituted the copies of Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms with racy fiction on July 13.
"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," said Denby on his blog, Slow Life.
"More likely than not it will be 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'"
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The novel is the first of a trilogy written by E.L. James. Popular for it's easy-to-read style and steamy sex scenes, the naughty book has sold 50 million copies worldwide to date.
Dubbed "mommy porn," the book is particularly popular with 30-something women. The hotel is not worried about putting off guests who are outside the book's target audience.
"'Fifty Shades of Grey' is all that people are talking about at the moment, but I know that some are too shy to buy it for themselves. I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men," hotel manager Wayne Bartholomew told News and Star.
The Bible Society doesn't seem too bothered about the switch. Spokesperson Rachel Rounds reckons the Good Book will stand the test of time and won't be threatened by a trendy summer beach read.
"The Bible is a great read. It contains stories which feature sex and violence, as well as comedy, tragedy, poetry, and prose. Its themes are eternal," Rounds said to The Daily Mail.