Fifty Shades of Grey's success highlights the lack of age restriction on selling erotic fiction. Why are books freely available to children when other media are highly policed?*sigh*
Because 30 years of comprehensive education has left the little darlings unable or unwilling to read them, maybe?
Unlike television - with its nine o'clock watershed - and the age classification of films and video games, and even the labelling of explicit lyrics on music, there is no age restriction on buying books in the UK.Oh, noes! Quick! Stir some controversy up! For the chiiiiilllldreeeeen!
And yet there is apparently little in the way of moral panic about children getting hold of Fifty Shades, a paean to sadomasochism.
Children's author GP Taylor has been something of a lone voice, arguing that EL James's novel would leave children "with a view of sex which is warped".See? You can always find someone who'll go along if you but look hard enough...
H/T: Thickey via Twitter