When #AskELJames Becomes 50 Shades of #WhatwasIthinking

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When #AskELJames Becomes 50 Shades of #WhatwasIthinking

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

I am mighty sure James will go to bed with her inner goddess doing cartwheels from all the special attention that Twitter gave her.

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.

I love @RealLucasNeff. I started following him because I was a &lt;em&gt;Raising Hope&lt;/em&gt; 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.

This was just too good not to share.

I will answer E, for her. I think she would answer A, B, D, and C.



I don’t think she caught that. I still don’t think she understood it after reading this Tweet.

The inner goddess is far more entertaining when she’s not dancing on the helm of James’ unpoetic pen.

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.

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.

I’m missing the All of the Above option.

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.

That is a sound theory.

100? Maybe more. At least 100 though.

They don’t need a Halloween Party. They role play as them to keep things…spicy.

Stay tuned for that story. It is certainly still developing.


What was your favorite #AskELJames tweet?

Ashtyn Law is a freelance writer living in Ohio. Focusing on film, she spends much of her days watching and analyzing film and television and also writing screenplays.

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