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20-million U-S copies sold, but it's hard to get a hold of one at an Indiana Public Library. 

E.L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been on the best-seller's list since February. Indiana readers, particularly women, are reading the racy novel and talking about the topics in the book that are normally "taboo."

Chances are- you've heard about the book. Even if you've never taken the time to turn a page.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is about a billionaire, a virgin, and a "red room of pain." Some think this Erotic Romance is too controversial. But, with 20 million copies sold in the US alone, the racy novel can't be ignored.

You won't find Fifty Shades of Grey here at the Marion County Library. That's because more than 600 people are waiting to get their hands on the book. That doesn't include the audio CD or E-book wait lists. If you add those people on, were talking about 1200 people.

We checked with libraries in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and even down in Bloomington... all of them have wait lists-hundreds long.

So why the intrigue? We reached out to our Facebook Friends and both women and men sounded off. We held our own "book club" this afternoon at the library to talk about this cultural phenomenon.

Carmel native Gina Nulph says, " I thought it was entertaining."


According to baby website, www.babycenter.com, the book is also inspiring. Many women have found the sexual content influenced their behavior in the bedroom. Laura Aughe from Whitestown tells us, "We've always had a good marriage. It's just opening up your mind to different kinds of intimacy."

While it's a book everyone's reading, not everyone is satisfied. Leslie Wilkins is one of those people: "My biggest problem is that there was no plot and there is no mystery. It was just page after page of sex, and it was mediocre at best."


Barb Hallam from Fishers adds, "my concern with the book is that younger women in their teens or early 20s- without life experiences, is that the messages are dangerous. Specifically that you can change someone."

A "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie is in the works. The book has also inspired several new business ventures. An online dating site is now trying to connect "sugar daddys" with "sugar babies." In fact, we understand more than 2-thousand women in Indiana have signed up for the website in hopes of finding their "Christian Grey."

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