Earlier today, James' people announced a Twitter chat with the author of the highly controversial Fifty Shades series. What happened on the #AskELJames tag was far from what the author was surely hoping for, but exactly what you'd expect from the intelligent, socially conscious people of Twitter. Sure, there might have been some actual fan questions as well, but they were mostly flooded out by people calling James out on her grammar, the originality of her characters and, most importantly, the unstable relationship between her male and female leads. Dear lord. It was beautiful.
#AskELJames would you consider writing a 50 Shades book for dudes about a hot rich lady that sits on a dude's face in a castle?— Andrew DeWitt (@Dewidiot) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames what do you hate more? a) good literature b) consent c) women d) healthy relationships e) all of the above— meme(mma) (@PRESERUMPINING) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames what's it like telling millions of women it's okay to be in an abusive relationship as long as he's rich. Asking for a friend.— matt (@reginaIdkray) 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
What do you dislike more, Independent strong woman or the English language? #AskELJames— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) 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 have you considered writing The Trial of Christian Gray given that you portray him as a rapist and abuser?— Pandamoanium (@Iancoggneato) June 29, 2015
Then there were the comments on her writing abilities.
#AskELJames I don't think you're a good enough writer to know this isn't a question.— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames after the success of "Grey," have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write— Andrew Vestal (@avestal) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Is there a safe word we can use to get you to stop writing such drivel?— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames could you please apologise to quality, conscientious Fan Fiction writers whose names you have tarnished?— IDFYTI (@IDFYTI) June 29, 2015
#askeljames Do you ever wonder how powerful your books could have been if you'd had Ana break free of the abuse in the end?— Paul Anthony Shortt (@PAShortt) June 29, 2015
And, of course, the people who called out her fan-fic ties.
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
Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer's point of view next time? #AskELJames— Skeptical Dinosaur (@skepticosaurus) June 29, 2015
If Christian's #1 helicopter is called Charlie Tango, is his standby called Charlie Swann? #AskELJames— Katiebabs (@katiebabs) June 29, 2015
Are you going to answer any of these questions, or do you need Stephenie Meyer to do a Twitter chat first? #AskELJames— Beth Thorne (@bethorne) June 29, 2015
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