In a move that should have surprised exactly no one, E.L. James’ Monday afternoon Twitter Q&A went horribly off the rails almost immediately. Although the chat didn’t quite reach R. Kelly levels of awkwardness, the tweets piggybacking on the #AskELJames hashtag held nothing back while questioning the Fifty Shades Of Grey series author about her writing skills (@TrevDon: “What do you dislike more, Independent strong women or the English language?”; @avestal: “After the success of “Grey,” have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write?”), her books’ problematic premises (@50shadesabuse: “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?”), and her familiar themes (@skepticosaurus: “Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer’s point of view next time?”). To James’ credit, she ignored the snark and actually answered select questions from fans, although the most illuminating fact she revealed is that her new book, Grey, was written with Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” and Bill Withers’ “Hello Like Before” on repeat. Read a few of the best #AskELJames zingers below.
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