A UK hotel is making waves for its risque swapping of the requisite bedside Bible for copies of the steamy erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Damson Dene hotel in Great Britain’s Lake District has placed copies of the bestselling novel in all 40 of its hotel rooms.
The hotel’s owner, Jonathan Denby, purchased the hotel from a Methodist group a decade ago and told NBC news that he has been wondering what to replace the Bibles with ever since. A religious book is “wholly inappropriate” in a private bedroom, he told NBC, and wanted to find a suitable replacement.
“I was thinking originally of putting in a book by Ayn Rand – ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was my first thought…”(But) because everybody is reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
Denby says that he himself has not read the books.
We have, and we’re sincerely hoping that the Damson Dene has very thorough daily housekeeping services.
Ana Steel’s inner goddess is doing backflips. You can now hear the juicy details of the cult favorite “50 Shades of Grey” live via in-flight audio book on Virgin Atlantic.
The book follows the exploits of Anastasia Steele, a virgin who meets a wealthy businessman with particular tastes in the bedroom. It has already sold over 10 million copies.
“‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has quickly gained notoriety as a ‘naughty novel,’ leaving some women embarrassed to read their copy in public. We want to give our female passengers the chance to enjoy the book in an intimate way, without prying eyes. Of course, we can’t promise to spare any blushes and can’t be held responsible for any risqué behavior that listening to the recording inspires,” said Sarah McIntyre, Virgin Atlantic spokesperson.
These audio books are a feature of the planes’ InFlight Entertainment Systems.
Let’s just say we think you’ll be able to tell who is listening by the squirming and shocked facial expressions. We hope nobody decides to try out some of the book’s signature moves in the airport lavatory, either.