From The Los Angeles Times:
E.L. James was thrown a curve ball on Monday when critics of her “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotica series crashed her social media event, using the hashtag #AskELJames to challenge the author for writing books they allege perpetuate rape culture and sanction domestic violence.
The social media event was planned after the release of “Grey,” a follow-up to her novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” that retells the story from Christian Grey’s point of view.
A sampling of the backlash:
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#AskELJames do you know 15 year olds can write fanfics with healthier relationships than your book ?
— betty (@ohhey_itsbetty) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames What actually motivated you to write those books, and think, that it was okay to romanticise abuse?
— Laura Ruther ✏ (@NamelessUser303) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Does it make you happy to know young girls everywhere may think abuse disguised as love is part of a normal relationship?
— Loulabelle (@loulabella1981) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames why did you ever think it was okay to write books that romanticize abuse and reinforce rape culture
— molly (@jaemspotters) June 29, 2015
Link to the rest at The Los Angeles Times and thanks to Shelly and several others for the tip.