E.L. James Encounters Twitter Users’ Singular Taste for Trolling

E.L. James Signs Copies Of Her New Book
More like Fifty Shades of Red! (Because she was embarrassed.) Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Like many a celeb before her, E.L. James launched a promotional Twitter Q&A on Monday without quite realizing how many people there dislike her work. James likely intended #AskELJames as publicity for her new Fifty Shades of Grey spinoff, but the hashtag was quickly overtaken by accusations that her books promoted stalking and sexual abuse and were poorly written, to boot. It’s almost like, deep within James’s psyche, was an unspoken desire to be … punished.

E.L. James Got Trolled Hard in a Twitter Q&A