On Monday Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James held a Twitter Q&A so her “fans” could ask about her favorite foods, what inspired the Fifty Shades books and what scenes were the hardest to write. You know, normal Q&A questions. But Twitter was not in the mood to ask cookie cutter questions.
E.L. received questions she probably wasn’t expecting and they quickly went from bad to just plain
fifty shades of awkward.
#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
If I stalk a girl and GPS her car, does that mean it's true love? #AskELJames
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) June 29, 2015
Which do you hate more, women or the English language? #AskELJames
— Ian Robinson (@eyeswideshut75) 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
#AskELJames after the success of "Grey," have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write
— Andrew Vestal, Gamer (@avestal) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do you think Christian Grey's troubled childhood justifies the barely consensual abuse he inflicts on all his lovers?
— Glenn (@justabloodygame) June 29, 2015
Do you ever feel guilty that you made so much money from romanticizing sexual abuse and selling it as "erotica romance"? #AskELJames
— Jherane (@Jherane_) June 29, 2015
Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think "hmm needs more abuse" #AskELJames
— Rachel (@RachelCDailey) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Did you ever consider using a thesaurus, or did that sound too much like hard work?
— Amy (@scifisunsets) June 29, 2015
Are you as homophobic in real life as your books are? Asking for a friend. #AskELJames
— Jenny Trick-or-Trout (@Jenny_Trout) 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
Somewhere, there is a PR/social exec frantically searching the #AskELJames tag for questions she can *actually* answer.
— Laura Thomas (@_eltee) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do all these negative tweets sent to you seem abusive to you? I think it's romantic enough to be turned into a novel!
— Stephan Krosecz (@Krosecz) 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