When you’re a writer, something like a Twitter chat makes sense. One of the best things you can do is connect with your audience. So naturally, an agent or a PR person thought it would be a good idea to have EL James do a Q&A that coincides with her previously-released, newly written book that is now in a new POV. Essentially the book, GREY, is 50 Shades from Christian’s perspective, or as I like to call it, the fan-fiction born of fan-fiction by a fan-fiction author. Yep, essentially, as James seems to have no original ideas, she up and fan-ficed herself. Classy.
Today, the Hashtag #AskELJames was the place to be. Seriously. If you have some time and some popcorn, I suggest you go check it out. It’s highly entertaining. I mean, you won’t find many legitimate questions for James, but you will find plenty of criticism about her sexism, homophobia, and glorification of abuse and rape culture. Fair warning though, if you compare her couple to abusers or abuse survivors, you will be blocked. She’s blocking, she just isn’t answering. Not surprising though, considering Stephanie Meyer wasn’t on hand for her to re-write off her responses.
In case you don’t want to go check out the hashtag (you really should) or if you’re the one person on the Internet besides Andrew Lincoln without a Twitter, here are some of the best tweets to come out of the whole debacle.
Man, whoever planned this #AskELJames debacle around the 50 SHADES OF GREY release must have been a real masochist… Ohhhhhh, got it.
— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) June 29, 2015
On the plus side, at least @TashaRobinson seems to know what a masochist is. Some people don’t, though I’m not naming any names.
I wish she would have wrote this version. It’d have been a lot easier to read.
Or <em>Criminal Minds</em>, in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s been an episode of both at one point or another.
#AskELJames do you know 15 year olds can write fanfics with healthier relationships than your book ?
— beth (@ohhey_itsbetty) June 29, 2015
healthier relationships and better grammar. Just goes to show, we should never ever write our novels on our Blackberries. Side note: Who even has a Blackberry any more?
#AskELJames does no actually mean 'yes please, I would like that forcibly inserted in my anus'?
— Weasel (@KatieWeasel) June 29, 2015
Two things. 1. Ouch. 2. I think it might in the 50 Shades world. Of course, saying ‘No’ and getting it anyway makes the inner goddess stir.
#AskELJames when your publicist saw the response to this hashtag, what shade of grey did they go…?
— Ellen Rose (@icklenellierose) June 29, 2015
I’m assuming it was more red and less gray. God, whoever thought this would be a good idea. What a self-inflated windbag they must be.
#AskELJames are you falling in love with all of the people that are abusing you over twitter tonight? isn't that how love goes???
— rachel (@raxhol) June 29, 2015
I am mighty sure James will go to bed with her inner goddess doing cartwheels from all the special attention that Twitter gave her.
Is stalking ok as long as I use a private jet to get there? #AskELJames
— Spanky McDutcherson (@thatdutchperson) June 29, 2015
If you owned a train or a private bus that would probably be acceptable, too. Although, when stalking, speed is important so a jet might be the best option.
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) June 29, 2015
I love @RealLucasNeff. I started following him because I was a <em>Raising Hope</em> fan, but kept following him because he’s not only funny, but he’s also not a dick. You should check him out.
No one should think that, but I’m sure she finds a way to justify it, and maybe make up scenarios about who could lovingly be next.
does the E.L. Stand for ELiterate?
— Baby Lady (@caitlinstasey) June 29, 2015
This was just too good not to share.
what do you hate more?
a) good literature
d) healthy relationships
e) all of the above
— emma (@jynerso) June 29, 2015
I will answer E, for her. I think she would answer A, B, D, and C.
#AskELJames I don't think you're a good enough writer to know this isn't a question.
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) June 29, 2015
I don’t think she caught that. I still don’t think she understood it after reading this Tweet.
— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 29, 2015
The inner goddess is far more entertaining when she’s not dancing on the helm of James’ unpoetic pen.
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
This could go under the headline of #50ShadesofLifeLessons. Further, if the boss is a man, sadly, I am certain that the book tells us only women say ‘No’ and mean ‘Yes.’ Men mean what they say, and say what they mean.
When I told my partner I wasn't into certain sexual acts, he didn't pressure me to do them. Does that mean he doesn't like me? #AskELJames
— Ponyta (@typicalfeminist) June 29, 2015
Alternatively, it could mean he isn’t a real man. This book series has taught us all so much about relationships. I’m incredibly thankful for that.
Which do you hate more, women or the English language? #AskELJames
— eyeswideshut (@eyeswideshut75) June 29, 2015
I’m missing the All of the Above option.
Are you going to answer any of these questions, or do you need Stephenie Meyer to do a Twitter chat first? #AskELJames
— Beth (@bethorne) June 29, 2015
She would have been able to answer a lot more questions if Meyer had been available for comment. At least she could have re-wrote her responses on the fly. Sadly, Meyer didn’t attend, so the only decent responses came from the people that don’t ride on the coattails of others.
#AskELJames Were you watching Dexter when you wrote the scene where Christian buys stuff at the hardware store Ana works at?
— clair winter skies (@dirkofdarkholme) June 29, 2015
That is a sound theory.
#AskELJames How many times a day do you think Charlie Hunnam just laughs with sheer relief?
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) June 29, 2015
100? Maybe more. At least 100 though.
If Christian and Ana were invited to a Halloween costume party, would they go as Edward and Bella from Twilight? #AskELJames
— Katiebabs (@katiebabs) June 29, 2015
They don’t need a Halloween Party. They role play as them to keep things…spicy.
I've got a new idea for a book. A young, naive author gets involved in an abusive relationship with a hashtag #AskELJames
— Al Davies (@AlunJDavies) June 29, 2015
Stay tuned for that story. It is certainly still developing.
What was your favorite #AskELJames tweet?