Hotel Replaces Bible With '50 Shades of Grey'

on Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

Hotel Replaces Bible With '50 Shades of Grey' . What is your opinion on this one chicks?
Hotel Replaces Bible With '50 Shades of Grey' (ABC News)

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Seriously? on Aug 08, 2012 @ 03:04 pm

So trashy. What ever happened to tradition?

SYNONYMOUS on Aug 09, 2012 @ 01:07 am

I'm afraid to say that tradition left when religion became synonymous with terrorism, killings, rapes, and other heinous acts all in the name of God. It seems fair and simple to say that traditions should be kept up and valued, but what about ones like honour killing? Treating women or girls unfairly because they were born female? Ones that allow burning down other religious establishments but when someone does the same to them, its blasphemous? Religion has become synonymous with crusades, regimes through persecution, slavery and rape, that whatever good comes out of these religious scriptures, they are viewed as backwards, degenerative, and not promoting equal rights amongst humans.

As for Fifty Shades, I doubt men will want to read this book when they go to a hotel, unless this hotel is infamous for its lady guests. Its their prerogative I guess, and if it makes them good business, their business doesn't have to be good!

interesting on Aug 09, 2012 @ 09:22 am

I do think that it can rub some people the wrong way when hotel chains stock the rooms with the Bible but not with other religious texts. I think I heard that some chains keep copies of other religious books available upon request, but I seriously doubt most travelers would bother to ask about them. And really - most travelers probably don't read the Bibles in their rooms either.

However, I think putting 50 Shades in the rooms feels like a very deliberate move on the hotel's part given its racy nature. If they really wanted to put a book there for their clients to enjoy, why don't they go with something 'safer' and more mainstream? Authors like John Grisham, James Patterson, or Stieg Larsson seem like more logical choices to me. Consider stocking 2 or 3 books of different genres, like biographies, chick lit, and science fiction. 50 Shades is not only potentially offensive to many people (who then proceed to read it secretly, obviously), but it's by many accounts a poorly written book.

Publicity on Aug 09, 2012 @ 09:27 am

I think this is definitely a publicity stunt, they're doing it to get a rise out of people (no pun intended....)

If they were intending to provide a more read or universally read book, (since most people travelling don't read the bibles in the hotel room), they could have gone any other route. My vote would have been for Harry Potter!

Ali de Bold
PR stunt on Aug 09, 2012 @ 10:26 am

I think they knew it would be newsworthy and get a reaction and that was the reason they did it.

Come on Alex on Aug 16, 2012 @ 11:03 am

That pun was completely intended!

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