Twitter / @fiftyshadesUK
I’m a big fan of Twitter chats. They can be really informative, help you find interesting people to follow and can go a long way to creating a sense of community.
Twitter Q&As on the other hand? Well, I try to avoid those as much as possible, not so much as a participant but as a social media manager. Twitter Q&A’s can be unpredictable and hard to keep on track. Once a conversation is started, it’s difficult to rein it in. Just ask the team at JP Morgan.
When I heard about Monday night’s Q&A with Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Who on earth thought that a Q&A with the author of a series of controversial books would be a good idea?
The PR team behind EL James, apparently.
fiftyshadesUK (@fiftyshadesUK) June 23, 2015
The session got off to a rocky start:
Sweet mecy, there’s so much I want to #AskELJames Most start with “why” and end with the implacable howling of the damned.
Dan Olson (@FoldableHuman) June 29, 2015
There were plenty of questions about Stephanie Meyer
Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer’s point of view next time? #AskELJames
Skeptical Dinosaur (@skepticosaurus) June 29, 2015
Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think “hmm needs more abuse” #AskELJames
R_chelCh_rlt_nD_iley (@RachelCDailey) June 29, 2015
And there were questions about EL’s writing style:
#AskELJames No question: Just, as a fellow author, thank you for proving to me that you can get anything published, no matter how awful.
Cersei the Fair (@NiceQueenCersei) June 29, 2015
I’ve just been sick and some alphabetti spaghetti landed on a blank piece of paper, could I have your publisher’s email address? #AskELJames
Jake Lambert (@LittleLostLad) June 29, 2015
The majority of the tweets were about the relationship between the characters in the books:
Is stalking ok as long as I use a private jet to get there? #AskELJames
Spanky McDutcherson (@thatdutchperson) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do all these negative tweets sent to you seem abusive to you? I think it’s romantic enough to be turned into a novel!
Stephan Krosecz (@Krosecz) June 29, 2015
I’m not sure who’s bright idea the Q&A was, but I think this summed up the experience pretty well:
Deb Bailey (@DebBC) June 29, 2015
The next time you’re thinking of having a Q&A on Twitter, remember the hilarity that was #AskELJames.