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  1. I do feel bad for her. No matter what she wrote, she’s still a person. It’s her right to write her stories however she chooses. I’m not a fan of the series, either, and I don’t condone Christian’s or Ana’s behavior, but I still don’t believe that E.L. James deserved those attacks. Some people should be ashamed of themselves for the way they conduct themselves on Twitter and other sites. Even if you disagree with something, there’s a better way to present yourself. You should have enough respect for yourself—never mind for others, too—to be diplomatic and civil toward others.

    People hide behind their keyboards and say cruel things out of insecurity and anger. It’s one of the main reasons I’ve lost a lot of interest in social media. There are a lot of good people, but man, there are a lot of nasty people, too.

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    1. I feel bad for her too. Many people claim that she “intended for this” to happen. Regardless, you know it’s happening out there to someone like us – a small fish in a big sea, and it’s crippling them. You are absolutely right – you should be diplomatic and civil towards others, even if your opinion of their work isn’t very high.

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  2. I only read about some of the tweets she received in a Buzzfeed article this morning and I was blown away by the ugliness and disrespect.

    I’ve personally only read half of the first book in the series. It wasn’t to my liking, so I stopped.

    The mob mentality shown in that article was frightening. Even the comments on the article itself people only justified their behaviour. One person even commented, “She wrote a bad book and made money from it so she deserves to be burned on Twitter.” Horrible.

    I believe her and her PR people had some idea this backlash would happen. Look at how any people are talking about her and her books once again.

    One of my concerns is this: I fear a precedent may have been set if her people expected this bullying and, therefore, condoned it. Is this treatment going to be the norm when an author is out there promoting themselves and their work?

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    1. Casey – that’s EXACTLY my fears. Is this treatment going to be the norm when an author is out there promoting themselves and their work? It is SO SCARY to get out there in the first place, and frankly, the justification mentality is very alarming. It’s victim blaming, through and through. It’s “you shouldn’t have worn that/had that much to drink”, only instead of that situation, it’s “she shouldn’t have done this, this, and that and she invited it in by doing the Q&A in the first place”.

      Same. Thing. Just a different situation. And as an author, that scares me.

      Yes, we open ourselves up to criticism when we write a controversial story, but we don’t expect to be attacked and berated for it.

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