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Fifty Shades of Grey craze hits La Crosse

LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)--The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is taking the nation, and La Crosse, by storm.

It's a fictional story about a young woman exploring her sexuality with a wealthy businessman.

The La Crosse Public Library has over 350 people on the waiting list and 75 copies of the book; the library estimates it will take six to 12 weeks to get your hands on a copy.

Kelly Krieg-Sigman, La Crosse Public Library Director, said book crazes aren't that unusual.

"What makes this particular phenomenon unusual is how fast it happened with a title that we relatively unknown from a British author,"Krieg-Sigman said.

The book was published four months ago and it's already sold more than 20 million copies in the United States.

"I don't think its very well written so far. I can understand why people are drawn to it," Samantha Komay said.

"It's way too much," Diane Myhre said. "It's just way too much sex."

"It's very interesting, definitely keeps your attention," Laurie Pafaff said.

Other women find one of the hottest books of the summer empowering.

"I think it sets an example that we can say what we want in a relationship," Diane Walker, LPC Stein Counseling and Consulting Services said.

Walker says sometimes life just gets in the way of a sex life and this book could help rekindle the flames.

"You don't really think about it too much and then when you're actually reading about something, there it is, it's right there so maybe that's a good thing," Walker said. "It's the same with there's books with recipes in it it's the same kind of thing. You read a book with recipes and you want to try the recipe."

The travel industry is trying to help couples live out the book's fantasy with a special hotel room, helicopter ride and sailing excursion in Seattle, the books setting.

"I wouldn't touch that one, I don't think personally," Pafaff said. "Everyone is going to have their own take on it."

"This particular fantasy would not be for me, but others I would be willing to give a try," Komay said.

Fantasy suite or not, readers say once you start reading the trilogy just takes you away.

Eventually, Fifty Shades of Grey will take you away on the big screen.

The producers of the movie, "The Social Network" are working on the screen adaptation.

Recently, sketch artists sat down with a few women who read the novel and came up with a sketch of what Christian Grey, a main character in the novel, could look like.  Click here to see the sketch.



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