Have you been following this on Twitter? If not, do a search for #AskELJames. E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, decided to participate in a Twitter chat today, I guess to promote the new book, Grey, and, well…
That’s kind of Twitter is for, isn’t it?
Here’s a sample:
Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer's point of view next time? #AskELJames— Skeptical Dinosaur (@skepticosaurus) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do you get paid per adjective?— Bao Bao (@fiatpanda) June 29, 2015
My personal favourite:
#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?— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 29, 2015
Mara Wilson is, so far, the most famous person to play along. Click here for her timeline. You’ll note, Mara retweeted someone who was responding to allegations of unfairness towards James:
Here's the thing about "public shaming" via #AskELJames. She's already won. She's the most successful author ever. Her power is immense.— Kayleigh Anne (@Ceilidhann) June 29, 2015
E.L. James does have a lot of power. Ask Sam Taylor-Johnson. Nothing changes for E.L. James after this Twitter chat. She doesn’t have to be afraid to go to a meeting. She doesn’t have to worry about not having friends. She made 20 million pounds last year. She’s making a lot of money off this new book. She’ll make more when the new movies come out. For those who’ve been tweeting snark at her though, it’s small satisfaction, a few minutes, maybe an hour, where they feel like they’ve been able to say something, be heard, and then, well, they don’t get to go home to 20 million pounds. With that in mind, yeah, I think I’m OK with what went down today.