Or “That moment when your Library Science professors unwittingly start an ongoing chain of hilarious side note commentary on 50 Shades through their individual and unrelated classes.”
So far I’ve had gems such as
So, 50 Shades of Grey - *pause* …Is anyone here a fan? ‘Cause I don’t wanna offend anyone.
So it’s important to remember that our job as librarians isn’t to judge a patron - it’s to connect them to what they’re looking for.
That being said, on a personal level… WOW. 50 Shades of Grey. That is a book that needs some SERIOUS editing. I’m not even talking about the story; just like - Did she even have an editor? Just - Just clean it up. Pick up a thesaurus.
Polish it a little.
…And the patron’s just gushing, singing this book’s praises. And of course I’m gonna help her find more books like it, it’s what she wants and that’s what matters. But in my head I’m just like *tilts head to side, face scrunched up in confusion* “…Really?”
[introducing self to class]
My main area of interest is self-published works (fanfiction in particular). Which means I had to take one for the team and read Fifty Shades of Grey. *everyone cringes* All three of ‘em. *entire class groans in sympathy*
I had this one patron call me and go “Oh my God, I just just read 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James - it’s the best book I’ve ever read! WHY DIDN”T YOU TELL ME THIS EXISTED BEFORE?! I wanna read more books just like these! :D”. And because Reader’s Advisory is about the patron, I helped her find stuff that was similar.
She left happy as a clam, but by the end I was internally just like,
*does twitchy arm movement as if to take book away, pulls back and chews nails, still twitching; whimpers*
Because it’s what we’re there for, I suggest it when they’re looking for a good read and it matches their interests. And whenever I do, I’m internally like
*curls up into self whilst silent crying*