Monday was not a good day to be “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, or her publicist. The British writer decided to conduct a Twitter Q&A session to promote her series' latest novel, "Grey," which is told from Christian's point of view. Normally Twitter Q&As are popular among social media users, but this one totally bombed. Instead of fans submitting authentic queries, most people took the opportunity to punish James.
The author did get a chance to answer questions about her favorite movie, the meaning behind her pen name and how often she writes.
She revealed her favorite Christian Grey line: “F--- the paperwork”; the one thing she would change about Christian and Ana’s relationship: “I would have liked to split them up for longer at the end of FSoG”; and her favorite thing about Christian: “I love his relationship with Elliot. That was unexpected when I started writing.”
For the most part, though, the session was a spanking. Some of the more tame responses netizens hurled at her have been posted below:
#AskELJames have you always hated independent women or is that something you've taken on in your recent years?
— joshua (@cuddlesandcoke) June 29, 2015
Step 1: click this #AskELJames Step 2: read through the tweets Step 3: be reminded of why Twitter can be awesome
— Brett Kreis (@sgtawesome1ea) June 29, 2015
— Sasuke Uchiha (サスケ) (@ken_zeppelin) June 29, 2015
E.L. James has had enough abuse thrown at her tonight to produce at least five more novels with her as the main character. #AskELJames
— Mush Mouth (@GirrlGenius) June 29, 2015
— Paola Loriggio (@ploriggio) June 29, 2015
That moment when #AskELJames hashtag is way more interesting than her books
— Laura.. (@5sose31d) June 29, 2015
Do you sleep well knowing you've taught millions that forgiving their abuser is acceptable? That rape is love? #AskELJames
— #LoveIsLove (@FemForAll) June 29, 2015
— Sa Majesté Kane (@Queen_Kane) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames you do realize that if Grey wasn't a billionaire, the 50 Shades trilogy would be one hell of a Law & Order episode?
— Belial Bell (@AlwaysAnimated) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do you lose sleep at night knowing there are young girls who believe that the relationships you depict in your books are normal?
— Danielle Barnsley (@danielleb_c) June 29, 2015
If a big part of an author's day is blocking abuse survivors, maybe it's the author who should be asking herself some questions. #AskELJames
— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) June 29, 2015
It's pretty telling that some of the most upset people on #AskELJames are female authors and abuse victims. Way to go EL.
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) June 29, 2015
— Clare Hardy (@ClareH222) June 29, 2015
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