The author of 50 Shades of Grey encountered some odd questions.
It is no secret that there has been a great amount of complaint and criticism about the author and content of the 50 Shades of Grey series. The book, according to those who dislike it, glorifies mental and physical abuse and takes away any agency of the female progtagonist of the series, Anastasia. What started off as Twilight fanfiction, however, has taken on a life of its own and is now spurning out novels from the other side, focusing on the thoughts of Christian Grey. To promote the newly released book, which is likely to send every other author packing and back to the drawing board, E.L. James did a Twitter Q&A yesterday and it went off the rails almost immediately. This is just a sample of some of the questions and answers that have people scratching their heads:
#AskELJames after the success of “Grey,” have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write
#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?
#AskELJames a guy stalked me and put a GPS tracker in my phone, I think he rly likes me should I ask him out for a date or wait for him to??
#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?
#AskELJames Are you aware that using alcohol and manipulation to gain consent is incredibly abusive and negates any consent given?
#AskELJames Is there a safe word which will stop you from writing anymore of this bollocks?
#AskELJames How many times a day do you think Charlie Hunnam just laughs with sheer relief?
Are you as homophobic in real life as your books are? Asking for a friend. #AskELJames
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
i like this girl but she doesn’t seem all that into me, is it cool if i beat her into liking me like christian grey #AskELJames
Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think “hmm needs more abuse” #AskELJames
Will there be a delay to our answers while you wait for Stephanie Meyer to answer them first, so you know what to write? #AskELJames
What do you dislike more, Independent strong woman or the English language? #AskELJames
Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer’s point of view next time? #AskELJames
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For her part, E.L. James actually stayed pretty much on board and she stayed mature about it. If you could ask her something, what would you ask the author of 50 Shades?