This morning, EL James, author of the best-selling
Twilight fanfic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, took to Twitter to answer fan questions.
While it started off nice enough, with actual fans asking lighthearted questions…
.@50shades_fanss1 She's so much stronger than I am.
— E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
It soon took a turn for the worse (or better, depending on your Fifty Shades stance) …
#AskELJames What actually motivated you to write those books, and think, that it was okay to romanticise abuse?
— Laura Ruther ✏ (@NamelessUser303) June 29, 2015
And has now led to a full-fledged mess that is both hilarious and more than slightly cringe-worthy at times.
#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
#AskELJames If your sons behaved like Christian Grey does towards women, would you be okay with that? If so, WHY?!
— Emma Tofi (@EmmaTofi) 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 Does your own inner goddess look angrily at you in the mirror, singing 'Money Money Money' as shredded dictionaries rain down?
— Cersei the Fair (@NiceQueenCersei) June 29, 2015
Are you sure #AskELJames won't backfire E L James the author asked her agent as he thrust himself powerfully towards her like a rutting stag
— tom jamieson (@jamiesont) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames are you falling in love with all of the people that are abusing you over twitter tonight? isn't that how love goes???
— rachol (@imawanchor) June 29, 2015
Is stalking ok as long as I use a private jet to get there? #AskELJames
— Spanky McDutcherson (@thatdutchperson) 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
— Holden Curtis (@TheHoldenex) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames what do you hate more? a) good literature b) consent c) women d) healthy relationships e) all of the above
— emma (@PRESERUMPINING) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames How much money does a partner need to earn for them to be 'romantic' instead of abusive? Asking for a friend.
— Chloe Dungate (@ScarfDemon) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames I have a lot of respect for you actually, you've proven that you can succeed without having any talent. It's remarkable.
— The Daniel Awakens (@Danburden1138) 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
Which do you hate more, women or the English language? #AskELJames
— Ian Robinson (@eyeswideshut75) June 29, 2015
— Tyrion Lannister (@GoT_Tyrion) June 29, 2015
Sweet mecy, there's so much I want to #AskELJames Most start with "why" and end with the implacable howling of the damned.
— Dan Olson (@FoldableHuman) June 29, 2015