Fifty Shades of Grey novel found to have traces of herpes
A copy of EL James' erotic fiction book has tested positive for the virus
Traces of herpes have been found on a copy of EL James’ popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Scientists in Belgium were undertaking an experiment to see how germ-covered library books are when the bestselling series tested positive for the virus.
Herpes was found on one other title among the examined books, Belgian detective writer Pieter Aspe’s Tango.
Reactions to the findings have been mixed, with one Time reader asking, “Are we slut-shaming books now?”.
Traces of cocaine were also found in EL James' series, after scientists conducted toxicology screenings on the library's ten most-borrowed books.
University professors confirmed that the concentrations were minimal enough for those touching the books not to feel any “pharmacological effect”, but present enough for them to test positive for the drug.
Scientists said it would be impossible for people to contract herpes simply by reading the novel, and confirmed there is no public health risk connected with borrowing library books.
The adaptation of James’ chart-topper is set for release on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015, after shooting was delayed when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of playing Christian Grey.
The film will now star British actor Jamie Dornan with Dakota Johnson in the role of Anastasia Steele,
Fifty Shades of Grey follows the destructive, sexually-charged relationship between business magnate Grey and a college student intrigued by his charisma.
To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, one of the fastest-selling series of all time.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
- 5 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
Why do we like making lists?
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Glastonbury 2015 registration: How to get tickets for next year's festival
Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once tour, London O2 - review: Pop princess still reigns supreme
Miranda Hart and Sarah Millican named highest-selling female comedians
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >