So Deseret Book no longer has the Twilight novels on their shelves (cf). Let's see if we can figure out why, shall we?
Leigh Dethman of DB issued a statement:
- Our top priority is to meet the needs of our customers, who increasingly represent a variety of viewpoints . . . . Like any retailer, our purpose is to offer products that are embraced and expected by our customers. When we find products that are met with mixed review, we typically move them to special order status.
And how do they do that?
By removing books from their shelves.
It sounds like "meeting the needs of an increasing variety of viewpoints" doesn't mean "providing the books for an increasing variety of viewpoints" but "avoiding offending an increasing variety of viewpoints."
My cynical interpretation of this is that DB cost/benefit analysis now, a year after the last books release, shows that being called a hypocrite for keeping these erotic books on the shelf is starting to outweigh the jillions of dollars they've been making selling them.
My noncynical interpretation is . . . . .
Actually, I can't think of a noncynical interpretation. If you have one, let me know? Thanks!