“Fifty Shades of Grey” author, E.L. James’ twitter engagement is the latest example of audience participation gone wrong.
The erotic-romance writer held a Twitter Q&A with a hashtag “AskELJames” yesterday. It is truly a great PR exercise as you get to promote your book and yourself as a writer, but you know Twitter is Twitter so many people participated- not only the adoring and loyal fans of James. As the hashtag trended nationwide, some not-ready-for-prime-time and some are-you-a-writer-or-a-sucker doozies flooded and bombarded James’ notification.
As reported by The Guardian, the Twitter session that began with James fielding questions about the plot of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” such as what she would have liked to change anything in the Ana and Christian relationship with answers such as: “Yes. I would have liked to split them up for longer at the end of FsoG” took place in Twitter’s UK headquarters.
Among the printable, remarkable, made-my-day, etc. tweets that were posted are: “Is it a coincidence that your books and this trash can are the same colors?” “Can you re-write the end of ’50 Shades of Grey’ such that every character dies in a fiery plane wreck? And then never write again?” and “Can I have the 2 hours of my life back I spent watching the DVD?”
Alongside with this queries came a lot of Twitter users comparing her style of writing to “Twilight” saga author Stephenie Meter. Some even sarcastically asked her “What’s the minimum distance you have to stay away from Stephenie Meyer at all times?” and “Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think ‘Hmm needs more abuse.’”
While other users are busy thinking how to creatively criticized James, others defended her by saying that the author was simply trying to engage with people.
On the other hand, James is currently promoting her “Fifty Shades of Grey” which tells the story from Christian’s point of view.
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