50 Shades of Grey Author Unwisely Asked Twitter for Questions. It Went As Well As You'd Expect.
Maybe she just spends too much time making up different ways for people to consummate their working relationship and not enough time online, regardless 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James invited the whole of Twitter to join her in a 'live chat' June 29.
She prompted people to ask their surely prescient and thoughtful questions through #AskELJames. SURPRISINGLY, she received a sheer flood of questions regarding her portrayal of sexuality and violence, plus tons of trolls.
Asking the whole of Twitter to join a conversation about sexy books probably isn't the best idea
What could go wrong, right?
I mean, it's not like her books are full of questionable, possibly even triggering, material. And it's not like the Internet is a rabid hive of piranha wasps.
Of course, James only answered the toughest of queries
No topic was left unturned!
.@rachaelmariem88 Yeah!— E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
@stylescroto I'm a Pisces...— E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
@JamieftDakotaJ Mama...— E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
But somehow, James didn't get around to answering a great majority of questions
#AskELJames Is it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he's hot, or is it also ok because he's rich?— 50 Shades is abuse (@50shadesabuse) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames have you considered writing The Trial of Christian Gray given that you portray him as a rapist and abuser?— Pandamoanium (@Iancoggneato) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames If your sons behaved like Christian Grey does towards women, would you be okay with that? If so, WHY?!— Emma Tofi (@EmmaTofi) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Are you going to take a cold bath later to recover from being so thoroughly burned on Twitter today?— Vanessa C. (@nessaskybooks) June 29, 2015
Which do you hate more, women or the English language? #AskELJames— Ian Robinson (@eyeswideshut75) June 29, 2015
Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think "hmm needs more abuse" #AskELJames— R_chelCh_rlt_nD_iley (@RachelCDailey) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Seriously, why did you ignore then block me when I told you I was a survivor & suggested you maybe donate to an abuse charity?— Emma Tofi (@EmmaTofi) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames : how much can Christian grey lift? Can he do sick skateboard moves? When is he going to prison— The Frenemy Online (@The_Frenemy) June 29, 2015
The hits just kept coming...
#AskELJames Are you aware of just how racist your work is or do you write it off as part of your immense literary skill?— Kayleigh Anne (@Ceilidhann) June 29, 2015
My boss said no when I asked if I could kiss him and then I did anyway because no means yes right? Things at work are awkward. #AskELJames— Anna (@thatswedishgirl) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames I need advice on making a BIG romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames A lad once punched me on a night out. Does this mean he likes me? Should I have gotten his number?— natgovin (@notgavin) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Can you confirm that you will be writing the story of Ramsay Bolton from his perspective, showing he is just misunderstood?— Ros (@GameOverRos) June 29, 2015
how do you feel knowing you've made your riches from convincing young impressionable girls that abuse is 'love'? #AskELJames— dione tennant // 30 (@alIonsytennant) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames why did you think it was okay to teach young girls that a possessive partner who refuses to hear no was romantic?— jess (mr. 305) (@woIfgangbogdano) June 29, 2015
The reactions to the reactions were almost as good as the first reactions
My faith in humanity has been temporarily restored with the tweets on #AskELJames So many people realising it's really abuse.— Kelly Palmer (@TheVeganTaff) June 29, 2015
I'm so proud that the #AskELJames hashtag is filled with people demanding she acknowledge and respond to the abuse in these books! Yes!— Yas Samraoui (@SpringRain88) June 29, 2015
Our sentiments exactly
Hopefully, we will see many, many, many more of these.
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