How adults-only novel Fifty Shades Of Grey is attracting fan base of TEENAGERS who read behind their parents' backs
19:57 GMT, 12 July 2012
It has provided bedroom inspiration to women around the world and now teenage girls as young as 14 are being swept up in Fifty Shades Of Grey mania.
The erotic novel, which is intended for an adults-only audience, is attracting the attention of school students.
According to the New York Post, teenagers are reading the book unbeknown to their parents and despite 'mature audience' warning stickers being placed on many of the hard copies being sold.
Appropriate Teenage girls as young as 14 are said to be swept up in Fifty Shades Of Grey mania as the erotic novel's success continues to grow
One anonymous 17-year-old who attends a 'conservative
all-girls private school on Long Island' told the paper that her parents
do not know she is reading the book, the first in a trilogy written by British author E.L. James.
'Being in a Jewish private school, no
one would ever be caught dead with it,' she said before adding that out
of the 80 girls in her grade, about 10 of them are also reading the
The story, of course, explores the sexual act of female submission as well as explicit S&M practises.
It is unclear how the students get their hands on the book but it is more than likely thanks to the convenience of e-readers.
An anonymous 15-year-old student told the paper that she reads the book 'during school, out tanning, in bed, everywhere' via her Nook e-reader.
The Sullivan County, New York student was able to download the book through her account, therefore avoiding the prospect of being quizzed about her age in store.
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Amazon.com, which is used to facilitate the Kindle e-reader, features a gentle warning against inappropriate audiences on the site's information page.
But it seems that youngsters are simply ignoring the warnings and outsmarting the system.
The student added that one of her 16-year-old
school friends even takes notes from her own copy of the book so 'she
can practise with her boyfriend'.
Those who are not able to purchase the book themselves are dying to get their hands on a copy.
Raquel, a 14-year-old from Flatbush, Brooklyn, is desperate for her mother to allow her to read the book.
Milene, her 40-year-old mother, said: 'She's been nagging… I told her, “When you're 18, you can read whatever you want”.'
Cassie, an 18-year-old from Long
Island, on the other hand, had no need to sneak around – she was given the book by her
mother after her mother had finished reading it.
Cassie said: 'The book
comes up a lot in conversation. My friends mostly talk about the
dominant-subordinate aspects of the books and how relationships like
Carol Weston, author of Girltalk: All The Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, believes teenage girls should not be reading Fifty Shades Of Grey.
'There's a place for erotica,' she said. 'But that is not in the hands of young girls. Of course, I worry about the impact that an X-rated S&M book can have on the impressionable and inexperienced.'